Johnny Depp Says Daughter Lily-Rose’s 2007 Hospitalization Was the “Darkest Period” of His Life

Johnny Depp and Lily-Rose Depp
Johnny Depp discussed Lily-Rose's hospitalization David Livingston/Getty Images; Dominique Charriau/

Johnny Depp opened up about daughter Lily-Rose’s 2007 hospitalization for kidney failure, referring to it as the “darkest period” of his life.

“When my daughter was ill in Great Ormond Street [hospital] it was the darkest period of my life,” the actor, 52, told Graham Norton on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Depp discussed how he’d often visit sick children in the hospital dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow, his famous character from the hit franchise Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise — and how these visits changed after visiting Rose, now 16.

“I’d always done these visits but after that experience the visits became more and more important,” he revealed. “The kids are so courageous but to be able to bring a smile or a giggle to the parents means everything in the world to me.”

Rose was hospitalized at age 7, after she contracted an E.Coli infection that triggered kidney failure. The Finding Neverland actor subsequently donated $2 million to the Great Ormond Street Hospital — where she was treated — in 2008.

Recently, Depp gave immense praise for his daughter, now and up-and-coming model.

“Lily’s really together,” he told the Daily Mail on Nov. 19. “She’s a sharp kid and one of the smartest human beings I have ever met. And whatever she is doing, if she needs any advice, I am there for her. Kids are going to make their own decisions, but I guess the only thing that you can do as a parent is to offer support. And I do.”

The A-lister — who is married to Amber Heard — shares Rose and son Jack, 13, with his ex, Vanessa Paradis.

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