"This Whole Thing... A Mulch Of Fodder"
Johnny Depp is a huge Hollywood star... and a parent. Like any parent he is understandably wary of the potentially ill influence of the internet on his children. His worries are arguably, amplified by his fame.
First are the fan-sites which have been developed not for him, but for his 12-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose.
"It’s an odd thing when there is a fan page for my daughter who is not yet 13," he recently told The Daily Mirror.
"This is a little girl who is quite sophisticated and beautiful and a lot of fun, but she’s a little girl and a student.
"She just happens to be our kid and she certainly finds it weird. I find it bizarre and somewhat ugly."
Then there are the myriad news pieces -- real, rumoured, and reprehensibly false -- which poke into his private life. Recently there have been suggestions Depp and his partner Vanessa Paradis, parents of Lily-Rose and Jack, 10, were parting ways.
"For a long time I tried to manage an honesty and openness about my personal life because I’m human and I’m normal -- well, semi-normal," said Depp. "But now my kids have access to the internet and are able to read truth, lies, total fiction, rumours and this whole thing has become a mulch of fodder.
"So I’ve decided to stay hush-hush and, if the rumours spin, then let them spin. I have to sit my kids down and say, 'Look, this is an occupational hazard for me and your mum. It’s out of our hands, so don’t go looking for it.'"
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