A successful model who fell under the wing of the legendary Karl Lagerfeld when she was just 15, Lily-Rose Depp learned to take care of her health and her body from an early age. But facing the pressures of such a competitive industry while essentially still a kid can have its own consequences. Lily-Rose developed an eating disorder, an illness she fought hard to overcome. “I put a lot of energy into fighting the disease. I was much younger when I was confronted with anorexia. It was very difficult to deal with,” the model and actor told French Elle in 2016 (via SheKnows).
While she’s been recovering, Lily-Rose has faced a flurry of negative comments about her body over the years, with her Instagram feed providing plenty of evidence. “Sorry but that body type is unattractive AF… for gods sake get some meat on your bones… you look unhealthy AF,” one user wrote beneath a picture of Lily-Rose in her pyjamas. Because of her history, she is particularly sensitive to body shamers who comment on her slim figure. “It hurts me a lot and depresses me,” she told the magazine, adding, “Anyone who has experienced this problem knows how difficult it is to return to normal life.”
Lily-Rose has made anorexia a thing of the past, but the disorder wasn’t the only health struggle she faced growing up. When she was just 7 years old, the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis was hospitalized with severe symptoms that left her parents seriously fearing the worst.
If you are struggling with an eating disorder, or know someone who is, help is available. Visit the National Eating Disorders Association website or contact NEDA’s Live Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. You can also get 24/7 Crisis Support via SMS (send NEDA to 741-741).
Lily-Rose Depp has been in critical condition for more than a week
In early 2007, Lily-Depp Rose contracted E. coli, a bacterium that the Mayo Clinic says could be present in untreated water and some foods, particularly undercooked red meat and raw vegetables. Symptoms in adults are usually mild and include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. However, young children and the elderly are at greater risk of the infection spreading to the kidneys. This happened to Lily Rose.
Her case was so severe that she suffered kidney failure, according to the Daily Mail. The girl had to be taken to a London hospital, where she was in critical condition for nine days. “Everyone gasped when we were told the real reason for her illness. It’s been up and down for a while,” a source said at the time. The total time she spent in the hospital lasted much longer. “I lived with my girl and child at Great Ormond Street Hospital for three weeks not knowing if she would make it or not,” said Johnny Depp after receiving the 2016 Rhonda’s Kiss Healing and Hope Award for his support had cancer patients.
Lily-Rose’s strength kept Johnny and Vanessa Paradis going. “What got us through this wasn’t the strength of Vanessa or me, but our daughter and her incredible ability to make us feel okay even though she’s doing really badly,” Johnny told the Mirror in 2007. “She was super strong.”
Johnny Depp’s experience inspired him to get involved
Those were some of the most difficult days of Johnny Depp’s life. “I’ve known darkness in my life, but that was the darkest time ever,” he said on The Graham Norton Show in 2015. His time at Great Ormond Street Hospital opened his eyes to the difficulties faced by patients and their families who experience long hospital stays. A year after Lily-Rose Depp’s recovery, Johnny donated more than $1 million to the facility caring for his daughter, Daily Mail reported.
His experience also inspired him to dedicate even more time to hospital visits dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow, the popular character from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. “I’ve always kind of made those visits, but after that, the visits became more important,” he told Norton. Over the years, Johnny has made headlines for these events, usually while filming projects in different cities. When he went to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver in 2017, Johnny was the one who came forward first, a representative told ABC News. “We got the wheels turning,” she said. “And wanted to make it as quiet as possible.”
Johnny stuck with it even during the COVID-19 pandemic, adapting the practice to the circumstances. In June 2020, he joined Juiced TV to virtually visit patients at Australia’s Queensland Children’s Hospital. “I’m with you all and sending you all my love,” he told them (via ET Canada).