The Hollywood hellraiser, currently starring in Pirates Of The Caribbean: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, had a reputation as a hard-drinking party animal who lived life to the extreme.
But all that changed when he met French singer-actress Vanessa, with whom he has children LILY-ROSE and Jack.
Johnny explains, "At the time, I almost didn't care. It had to do with me being ignorant enough to think I could self-medicate to the point of numbness.
"None of that stuff was about recreation. It was all about being a dumb ass, who was just sort of confused with what life was and what I wanted it to be.
"Then Vanessa came along and saved my life. She gave me life. Lives, I mean - Lily-Rose and Jack. Kids don't just give you perspective, they give you strength. What's important is their safety, their well-being, their future."07/08/2003 17:34