Vanessa Paradis, who was Johnny Depp's longtime partner until the couple split in June, refused to speak about the actor directly in a new interview but did open up about what make relationships work.
"Who said that artists should sell their soul, expose everything about themselves," she added. "It's my duty to promote this movie, and my albums, but can you imagine what it feels like to see people making a business out of your pain."
She also said, "What's happened to us is our concern."
Paradis, 39, and Depp, 49, were together for 14 years before announcing their split. The couple has two children together, daughter Lily-Rose, 14, and son Jack, 10.
In the interview, the model, actress and singer says the children will attend school in Los Angeles and she'll travel between United States and France.
Paradis made her first public appearance since the split in July at the premiere of "Je me Suis Fait Tout Petit (I Made Very Small)" in Paris.
Although Paradis refused to talk about her relationship, she did shed some light on her ideas as to what makes a relationship work.
"I don't have the recipe for happiness, but I think the engine is simply having the desire," she reportedly told the magazine. "It's not feeling obliged or forced or repeating yourself."
Depp is currently linked to Amber Heard, his co-star in the 2011 movie "The Rum Diary." The two have not confirmed a relationship.