The Lone Ranger star Johnny Depp has never searched for himself on Google and admits he's ''pathetic'' when it comes to using technology.

The 50-year-old actor insists that he stays clear of the net for fear that he reads an upsetting rumour about himself.

Speaking to Tele 2 Semaines magazine, Depp said: ''I've never googled myself and I never will! I would be too scared to discover lies and horrible things written about me.''

Depp also explained that his children, Lily Rose, 14, and Jack, 11, don't ask him for help with school projects, saying: ''I'm pathetic! You should ask my children! Before, they used to ask my help to do research on the computer - for a class project, for instance. These days, they've realised there's no point. The last time I asked if they wanted help, they told me, 'Go and play your guitar, dad!' ''

Depp is engaged to his Rum Diary co-star Amber Heard.