09:30 02 March 2005
Johnny Depp says that being with his girlfriend is the only thing that keeps him sane.
The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star, who has battled addictions to drink and drugs, says that long-term lover Vanessa Paradis is the only person who can rescue him from his demons when he falls into bouts of depression.
He told America's Rolling Stone magazine: "There have been many times when I have teetered on the brink of absolute madness. Unfortunately once I go, I go, so I count on Vanessa to talk me down."
The heartthrob star, who previously dated supermodel Kate Moss, says that his low points are often so bad that even the love of a good woman cannot rescue him.
But the Hollywood actor, who now lives in a lavish £1 million pad in the south of France with former model Vanessa and their two children, five-year-old Lily-Rose Melody and Jack, two, says his melancholic episodes have receded since he became a father.
He added: "It takes some serious fu**ing reeling-in to bring me back to three-dimensional reality. But it's not anywhere as disturbing as it used to be. With age you do mellow in certain areas and it's fu**ing happiness."
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