Vanessa Paradis says her relationship with Johnny Depp works so well because they don`t spend every day together.
The couple have been an item for 12 years, and have children Lily-Rose, 11, and eight-year-old John Christopher, known as Jack. Vanessa is often asked what the secret to their happy union is, and she believes it is important not to suffocate your partner.
She likes Johnny to go off alone and do things, because when he comes back they have something to talk about. The star would never want to be with him all the time, and doesn`t think such a relationship is healthy.
"`The fact that we`re not together every day plays a big part in keeping our relationship stable. And then we also have a lot of respect and admiration for each other," she told the August issue of British magazine Marie Claire. "We understand that, if we want our relationship to continue, we must give each other space, allow each other to go off on our own, and trust each other. Not everyone is lucky enough to be given space and trust.
"You`re really lucky if you find someone you can trust when you spend time apart. But it`s more complicated than that. Keeping love alive should be like the way you live your life. You don`t eat the same meal every day, you don`t read the same book, you don`t listen to the same CD. When you are a couple, you need to go off alone and discover things for yourself."
She added she and Johnny rarely discuss work when they are with each other. They only way it does come up is if they are organising child care, or when to see each other.
Vanessa, 37, says she could "go on and on" about all the things she loves about her 47-year-old partner. Her favourite thing to do is to watch him interacting with people, she loves how he can put anyone at ease quickly.
"I could make an endless list of all the things I admire about him, but above all I admire his immense loyalty," she told the magazine. "I could go on and on, tell you I admire him as an actor, as a father and as the man he is for me.
"But more than anything, I admire him as a person. Not only when he is talking to me or his mother, but as a person in the world, in all kinds of situations. I think he is magnificent. Truly magnificent."