Vanessa Paradis was with Johnny Depp for 14 years

Vanessa Paradis has reportedly become close to an ex-lover of former French first lady Carla Bruni after her split from Johnny Depp.

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is thought to have introduced Vanessa, 39, to singer Benjamin Biolay, also 39, earlier this year and the pair have now recorded a duet together.

'They're the same age and have similar backgrounds in music,' a source tells Metro.

'So Karl was keen for them to meet.'

Rumours of Vanessa and Benjamin's burgeoning relationship first began in April when they were spotted enjoying dinner together.

Last month, the French star hinted at why she split from 49-year-old Johnny after 14 years together.

'Sometimes you could be in an unhappy relationship,' Vanessa told Harper's Bazaar.

'You are very much in love with someone, but it's making you unhappy and you think things can change and you can work it out.

'Love is the strongest and most fragile thing we have in life. Nothing is ever for sure, but when something in love doesn't work from the beginning, it's never going to work. Don't push it.'

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Anna Duff