Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis Tried to Save Their Relationship: Source

06/19/2012 at 05:00 PM EDT

Johnny Depp Split: He and Vanessa Paradis Tried to Save Their Relationship
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, in 2008
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Johnny Depp and his longtime partner Vanessa Paradis didn't take their separation lightly and tried valiantly to keep their family together, a source tells PEOPLE.

"They've tried for months to save the relationship," the source close to the couple says, "but have known for weeks that it couldn't be saved."

Last week, Paradis arrived in France where she is promoting her film Je Me Suis Fait Tout Petit at the Cabourg Festival of Romantic Cinema.

The source says the timing of the couple's separation announcement purposefully coincided with Paradis's trip to France. "It was all decided before she got on that plane."

As PEOPLE reported in January, Depp, 49, and Paradis, 39, have been living separate lives for many months.

The couple are parents to two kids, Lily-Rose, 13, and Jack, 9.

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