VParadis091710_01_230.jpg Breakups are never easy, but when you're splitting with one of Hollywood's biggest stars, it's hard to avoid the tough questions!

In her first interview since parting ways with longtime partner Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis laments the public interest in her personal life. In the sit down with French Elle magazine, the singer is asked about the Pirates of the Caribbean actor and a possible reconciliation. "I don't want to talk about him. Who said that artists should sell their soul, expose everything about themselves?... It's my duty to promote this movie, and my albums, but can you imagine what it feels like to see people making a business out of your pain. What happened to us is our concern."

So how is she coping with the demise of her relationship?

"I don't have the recipe for happiness, but I think the engine is simply having the desire. It's not feeling obliged or forced or repeating yourself. I hate, for example, whenever you hear someone say: 'You have to work at being a couple.' No, you have to want to be there. And for me, I want to be right where I am right now " she adds.

The former couple share children Lily-Rose, 14, and Jack, 10, so the 39-yeaar-old actress will divide her time between her native France and the United States, where the kids will attend school in Los Angeles.

It sounds like their offspring are following in their famous parent's footsteps!

"My children are grown now, they are more independent. My daughter loves singing above all else. Jack, he's a guitarist," she gushes.

We applaud you for staying strong Miss Paradis!