In case you hadn’t heard, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have split. They only got married a little over a year ago, on February 3, 2015, though they’d reportedly been dating for a long time before that. While Hollywood divorces are usually a little interesting, due to an infidelity or maybe a child involved, Johnny and Amber’s is especially worrisome for a plethora of reasons.
Johnny, of course, has been an icon in the entertainment industry for decades, with major films under his belt as dramatic as Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and as touching as Alice in Wonderland and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. He’s been acting since he got his start in A Nightmare on Elm Street back in the ’80s and we’ve loved him ever since. Amber Heard is just picking up steam as an actress, however, with smaller roles in movies like Zombieland and Pineapple Express and growing roles in movies like Magic Mike XXL and the upcoming DC superhero film, Aquaman.
So how did these two actors, at completely different stages of their careers, meet? They actually found each other on the set of The Rum Diary in 2010, right after Johnny split up with Vanessa Paradis. They were on again and off again for awhile, until Johnny popped the question sometime around January 2014. One year later, they jetted off to Johnny’s private island and got hitched. And a year after that, they’ve now split.
Before you chalk their divorce up to another failed Hollywood romance, let’s go over the details because this is no ordinary rodeo. So here they are: ten things you need to know about the Depp/Heard divorce.
10. Amber Wasn’t Ready To Get Married
Johnny and Amber have been dating since 2010, yes, but it hasn’t been all sunshine and daffodils. The couple were on again, off again several times before marrying. Bisexual Amber even left Johnny a couple of times to date women, such as photographer Tasya van Ree. Of course, when Johnny proposed, the two got serious and there was no more (public) dating of anyone else. However, that doesn’t mean that Amber was truly ready to settle down.
One source says Amber Heard got cold feet as they got closer to the wedding. At the engagement party, she apparently quietly wondered to friends, “What am I doing here?” She found herself trapped between love and a sense of obligation, saying, “when Johnny Depp wants you, you don’t say no.”
Johnny Depp isn’t new to serious relationships. The 52-year-old actor was married to Lori Anne Allison for two years and, though he never married Vanessa Paradis, he was with her for 14 years and they had children together. This was Amber’s first long term relationship, and she’s only 30. Amber wasn’t ready for the marriage that they signed up for.
9. Johnny And Amber Are Different Versions Of the Same Person
If opposites attract, it’s no wonder these two didn’t work out. One reason friends claim Johnny Depp and Amber Heard should never have married is that they’re too similar. A close friend of Johnny Depp’s told People magazine that “Amber is the female version of Johnny. She’s sort of kooky and outspoken and, while that would intimidate many guys, it’s a turn-on for Johnny.”
While kindred spirits can make for great relationships, too many similarities can drive a person nut,; like holding a mirror to yourself and seeing a distorted reflection. Their many similarities may explain why they argued so incessantly, and why things then degraded from bickering to quarreling to even physical fighting. The same friend of Depp’s believes that Johnny and Amber getting a divorce is not only a necessary outcome at this juncture of their relationship, but a blessing. “Johnny and Amber should not be married,” the source says.
8. Amber Didn’t Want To Be Tamed Or Broken
Amber and Johnny didn’t talk a lot about their relationship to the media; it wasn’t overwhelmingly shocking when they got married privately and we only found out about it a few weeks after. However, when the couple was vocal about their relationship, they usually both professed that their love was comfortable and that both parties supported each other in all their endeavors. Yet that wasn’t the case in June of 2015, a few months after their marriage.
Amber spoke out in a magazine article about several aspects of her career and industry, and talked a bit about the pressures of being in a relationship with someone like Johnny Depp. “I feel like I’m constantly fighting against… this exterior presentation of myself because of how I look or perhaps because of who I’m with,” she admitted. She was always obstinate that she would not let a man change her, and that she wouldn’t sacrifice her career or values for their marriage- with Johnny Depp being a very controlling and dominating presence, it’s easy to see how they may have quarreled.
7. They Reportedly Had An Abusive Relationship
It all started with a lot of arguing. Several sources close to the couple confessed that they’ve been quick to bicker for years, long before they got married. Many of their friends think that their relationship was toxic from the start and that it was full of nonstop drama. Arguing isn’t necessarily a bad thing, even the healthiest of couples do it, but somewhere along the way, a line was crossed and on May 27th, a bruised and battered Amber filed for a temporary restraining order against Johnny, claiming he’d physically and verbally abused her throughout their relationship.
Sources say that the verbal abuse was not one-sided; their arguments were vulgar and mean, with insults and petty jabs flying from both sides. However, Johnny never showed up in front of a judge with a black eye. Of course Johnny denies he ever hit Amber.
6. Johnny Might Not Be Getting As Much Work For A Little While
Johnny Depp is so famous, he’s always got future projects just waiting for him on the back burner. Even now, when he’s just released Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie and Alice Through the Looking Glass, he already has two movies waiting for release, London Fields and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He’s also got three more projects awaiting his busy schedule to free up: The Invisible Man, The Libertine, and Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes.
However, with all the drama and horrifying accusations flying around amidst his divorce, studios may be less likely to cast him until the gossip subsides. Johnny’s career has centered a lot around children’s movies recently, as well, and studios producing those films will likely wait even longer to cast him again after these accusations.
5. Attorneys Claim Amber Is Lying About What Johnny Has And Hasn’t Done
As mentioned before (see #7), Johnny Depp has not admitted that he’s ever physically or verbally abused Amber. His assistants have grown strangely quiet when asked to comment on the couples’ relationship, and long-time friends and family profess that Johnny would never ever do anything like this. Laura Wasser, Johnny Depp’s attorney, responded to Amber Heard’s initial court filing saying outright that Heard is alleging abuse in hopes of scaring Depp and his attorney into a premature financial settlement.
Laura’s not the only one who believes such things, too; several rumors are flying around that the young actress is lying. However, this theory doesn’t explain several pieces of evidence already submitted against Depp, including photographic evidence of Amber after she was clearly physically assaulted with a busted lip and black eye. Whether his attorneys are trying to protect him or discredit her, they’re firm in their story that Amber is lying.
4. Johnny’s Far From Clean
It’s not uncommon for celebrities to have addiction problems with alcohol and drugs. Whether they’re obsessed with the party lifestyle or coping with the incredible pressures and demands of celebrity life, drugs and alcohol provide a dangerous escape. Amber reportedly has known about his addiction problems for years and has tried to pressure him to quit. She reports that she’s begged on numerous occasions for him to stop his substance abuse and seek help.
However, Amber goes even further, claiming that Johnny doesn’t even remember all the times he’s assaulted her because he did it in a drunken or drugged-up stupor. If she’s telling the truth, Johnny’s got a lot of problems to deal with in his personal life that Amber should not be held accountable to solve for him. While substance abuse is unfortunate, it’s no excuse for domestic violence.
3. Amber Is Suing Johnny’s Friend Who Accused Her Of Blackmail
While still a “happy” couple, Johnny and Amber were fairly close friends with comedian Doug Stanhope. On May 29, 2016, a mere day after Amber was granted her temporary restraining order against Johnny Depp, which was of course given based on accusations and evidence of physical assault, Doug wrote a guest column for an entertainment news website that was entitled: “Johnny Depp is Being Blackmailed by Amber Heard – Here’s How I Know How.” With hateful and vulgar language, he accused Amber of manipulating Johnny into marrying her, of emotionally and mentally abusing Johnny, and of taking advantage of Johnny’s money. He believes that she is blackmailing Johnny: either he pays out a large settlement in the divorce, or she will try to ruin his career with allegations of assault.
Of course, Amber is suing Stanhope for defamation of character. It certainly would have been one thing if Doug said these things to her face but to go directly to a media outlet and publish an article like this was kind of cowardly and potentially libelous. Since he has no way to prove these allegations are correct other than “he said, she said” arguments, it’s very possible and likely that Amber will win this lawsuit (whether what he’s saying is true or not).
2. There May Be Text Evidence That Johnny Assaulted Amber
Some of Amber Heard’s greatest doubters are those that believe she is after Johnny’s money. While it’s a fair and conceivable argument that Amber might fabricate a story in order to win some of his vast fortune, it’s hard to believe that she would harm herself or pay someone to assault her to fabricate this story with enough believable detail. Besides, her bruises and cuts aren’t her only proof. A text conversation between one of Depp’s personal assistants and Amber was submitted into evidence. The conversation consists of Stephen (Depp’s assistant) begging for Amber to return home after she left when Depp allegedly assaulted her. He says Depp didn’t remember doing it, but that when the assistant reminded him that he kicked her, Depp cried. Amber, in the messages, admits she’s afraid to return home and that every three months or so something like this happens and she doesn’t know how to be a wife to him. Rumors fly that the texts were doctored, but police should be able to find the truth in those messages with ease.
1. Johnny Could Destroy Amber’s Career For This
The truth has yet to be discovered. Perhaps Amber Heard is skillfully gold digging, despite her own successful acting career, and attempting to con Johnny out of millions. Perhaps Johnny is dealing with his mid-life crisis by drinking and drugging himself up before taking out his aggression on his young wife. No case of domestic abuse, whomever the victim, should be taken lightly, and fault should never be assumed without evidence, regardless of how beloved the accused or the victim is. In any case, the truth will likely come to light soon and we’ll have our answers.