Johnny Depp recognizes that his role as a parent is changing, evolving along with Lily-Rose Depp, as she grows into adulthood and begins to discover her own sexuality and gender identity. This past summer, Lily-Rose joined the Self-Evident Project, which seeks to include people that identify themselves as being “anywhere on the LGBTQI spectrum,” and Johnny speaks only of the pride and respect he has for his daughter.
Johnny Depp Expresses His Full Support For Lily-Rose
Recently, Johnny Depp established himself as the ideal role model for parents everywhere, when he gushed over daughter Lily-Rose and spoke so openly about his support of young Ms. Depp’s life choices.
When Lily-Rose publicly identified herself as sexually fluid, meaning that Ms. Depp’s sexual preferences change throughout her life, many of her thousands of followers were caught off guard by the revelation, but not Lily-Rose’s own father. Johnny says he already knew about his daughter’s sexual identity, because Lily-Rose is open with him and speaks to the elder Depp about everything.
Johnny adds that Ms. Depp is extremely mature for her age.
“Lily’s really together – she’s a sharp kid and one of the smartest human beings I have ever met,” Johnny Depp told People magazine.
While Johnny Depp adores his daughter and makes certain he’s available to her, whenever she may need him, he also recognizes that Lily-Rose also needs the room to grow and to become her own person. Depp says that, as a parent, offering support is really the only thing he can do for Lily-Rose, as her father.
Is Lily-Rose Depp Growing Up Too Fast? Johnny Thinks So.
While Lily-Rose is still only 16-years-old, the young Ms. Depp is already establishing herself in Hollywood and in the modeling world, where Ms. Depp has already modeled for Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel.
Johnny recognizes fate repeating itself in the fact that Karl Lagerfeld also had a hand in guiding Lily-Rose’s mother, Vanessa Paradis, into modeling when she was first starting out. Depp says he finds it unsettling to see his daughter modeling and looking so beautiful in the high-fashion world, because he feels it’s forcing Lily-Rose to grow up too fast.
“Her becoming an actress was never my dream or my desire for her, but that’s what she enjoys doing, and it’s her passion and it’s where she ended up. And she’s got the goods — she can certainly deliver,” Depp said of Lily-Rose, according to Vogue. “No matter how grown up she gets, I’ll never stop worrying about her. It’s a father-daughter thing.”
While Johnny says he does trust Lily-Rose to make sensible decisions and to make her own way in the world, Depp adds that he can’t ever envision a day when he will just let his daughter go out into the world alone. Johnny says he will always support her and worry for her, no matter how old and mature Lily-Rose becomes.
Along with Lily-Rose, Johnny Depp also shares a son with Ms. Paradis, 13-year-old Jack, and Mr. Depp says that his children are his greatest source of joy and proud, in spite of his many Hollywood successes.
“It’s amazing when you see things that you are proud of in your children,” Depp said. “They’re good kids – smart, polite and caring, and they’ve turned out incredibly well, especially having lived alongside me, because most parents’ jobs don’t require the sort of weirdness that mine does.”
As for Johnny Depp himself, he’s following up his Black Mass success with the horror comedy, Yoga Hosers, which also stars his daughter, Lily-Rose Depp. The film, directed by Kevin Smith (Tusk, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), focuses on two yoga enthusiasts, as they team up with a bounty hunter to tackle a supernatural evil, before it can interfere with their weekend plans.
Yoga Hosers, starring Johnny Depp, Lily-Rose Depp, and Haley Joel Osment, is scheduled for a 2016 theatrical release.
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