Johnny Depp's Son Deals With Serious Health Problems

Published June 28th, 2018 - 10:07 GMT
Johnny Depp's teenage son Jack is dealing with health issues (Source: nearchos / Shutterstock )
Johnny Depp's teenage son Jack is dealing with health issues (Source: nearchos / Shutterstock )

Johnny Depp's teenage son Jack is dealing with 'serious' health issues.

His mother Vanessa Paradis missed the Paris premiere of her latest film on Tuesday night so she could be by the 16-year-old's side, according to French publication Public.

The 45-year-old actress was supposed to attend the screening of the film A Knife In The Heart but was forced to cancel last minute.


The film's director Yann Gonzalez had to explain her absence at the event, saying she had received some 'very bad news'.

'Unfortunately, Vanessa Paradis was not able to join us tonight, she had to be absent because of her son's serious health problems,' he said, according to a translation of the publication.

Jack was photographed at Charles De Gaulle on Monday with his mother, and had no obvious maladies. It is not clear exactly what the 'serious' health problems are.

After news of Jack's illness broke, his father was spotted hopping off a tour bus in Munich, Germany on Wednesday night after performing with his band, the Hollywood Vampires, at the Tollwood Festival. has reached to representatives for both Johnny and Vanessa regarding their son. 

Although the couple were never married, they spent 14 years together, from 1998 to 2012.

Besides Jack, they also have a 19-year-old daughter, Lily Rose Depp.

The parents also suffered a health scare with their daughter in 2007 when the then-seven-year-old was rushed to hospital with e-coli poisoning, which resulted in temporary kidney failure. 

While Jack's parents and older sister are all actors, models or musicians, the 16-year-old tends to shy away from the limelight. Depp once described his son as being 'very simple, low-key, solid'.

News of his son's health woes come a week after Depp's bombshell interview with Rolling Stone in which he spoke of his struggles with depression, money and his love for drugs including quaaludes.

He also spoke frankly about how his tumultuous split from wife Amber Heard sent him into a deep depression, which was compounded by his financial woes. 

The interview took place over the course of three nights in a $10,000 mansion Depp was renting in London earlier this year, before he was seen looking worryingly thin and gaunt in Russia during a tour with his band The Hollywood Vampires.

It was published last Thursday as Depp continues to fight with his former managers at The Mandel Co. along with former bodyguards who say he owes them money.

It was set up by his new lawyer, Adam Waldman, who is a lobbyist for the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

Depp has lost almost all of his $600million fortune and, according to the interview, is desperate to explain how, saying the 'truth' is 'full of betrayal'. He hired Waldman after severing ties with his long-term manager Joel Mandel in 2016.

The star became emotional, according to the writer, when he described how his son learned about his money problems from other children.

'My son had to hear about how his old man lost all his money from kids at school, that's not right,' he said.

Speaking of his separation from Heard and the state he was in afterwards, he said: 'I was as low as I believe I could have gotten.

'The next step was, 'You're going to arrive somewhere with your eyes open and you're going to leave there with your eyes closed.'

'I couldn't take the pain every day,' he said, describing his darkest moment which fell in 2016 as his marriage to Heard collapsed, his money was fast disappearing and his mother had died.

'Betty Sue, I worshiped her. She could be a real b**** on wheels,' he said, recalling what he said at her funeral - 'My mom was maybe the meanest human being I have ever met in my life.'

He decided to cope with the pain of it all by going on tour with his band, The Hollywood Vampires, and writing a memoir.

'I poured myself a vodka in the morning and started writing until the tears filled my eyes and I couldn't see the page anymore.

'I kept trying to figure out what I'd done to deserve this. I'd tried being kind to everyone, helping everyone, being truthful to everyone. 

'The truth is most important to me. And all this still happened.' 

Depp's two children reportedly did not like their stepmother. 

In the Rolling Stones interview, Depp was honest about his drug use, describing how he loved quaaludes and used to find bootleg versions once they had faded from the party scene.

'They're made with just a little bit of arsenic, or strychnine,' he said.

'So the high was far more immediate. You either wanted to smile and just be happy with your pals, or f***, or fight.'

Depp also sought to explain how his money had been pillaged.

Between supporting his ex-wife Vanessa Paradis, their children, his own family in Kentucky who, he claims, spent wildly on his dime, and his own extravagant habits, the money simply dwindled.

It is what is at the root of his ongoing lawsuit against his former management company. 

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