OSCAR-nominated actor Johnny Depp has dismissed the first 36 years of his life as meaningless up until the birth of his first child.

The former Hollywood badboy, 41, has calmed down since meeting French singer/actress Vanessa Paradis and becoming a father to LILY-ROSE, five, and JACK, two, after a string of turbulent relationships with Kate Moss, WINONA RYDER, Sherilyn Fenn and Jennifer Grey.

Depp says, "Anything I've done up to May 27, 1999 was kind of an illusion, existing without living. The birth of my daughter gave me life.

"The kiddies give me strength and perspective. Certain things about Hollywood used to make me angry, now I go, 'Oh p**s off, I'm going to play BARBIEs with my daughter.'"

04/08/2004 09:28