How did Johnny Depp cut ties?

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are currently in a legal mud battle unlike anything the celebrity world has ever seen. Both offer intimate insights into a highly toxic relationship. The 58-year-old has passed the darkest phase of his life.

The marriage lasted 15 months, but it will provide material for years to come. Domestic violence, infidelity, and alcohol and drug abuse are the dominant themes. In an unprecedented trial, Johnny Depp, 58, and Amber Heard, 36, are each suing for several million in damages. In order to find out who is right, the previous relationship between the two was revealed in great detail. But regardless of the verdict: both have already lost. Their careers will not recover from this defamation.

In this case, sympathy is clearly on the side of Johnny Depp. This is reflected not least in his fans who have been camping in front of a courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia for weeks. Even in previous decades, it became clear that the “Jack Sparrow” actor’s antics could do little to damage his popularity.

Johnny Depp and women

Even if the high number of his breakups in the ’80s and ’90s indicated that Depp wasn’t really a good fit for a stable long-term relationship, the most beautiful and successful women got involved with him. After a short marriage to makeup artist Laurie Ann Allison (64) and even shorter love affairs with actresses like Jennifer Gray (62, “Dirty Dancing”), he met Winona Ryder (50), who was only 17 years old in 1989. They became the favorite couple of the press. Pictures of the actor stepping out of Beverly Hills clubs with his young girlfriend in his arms and a cigarette hanging from his mouth have appeared on the front pages ever since. He even tattooed “Winona Forever” and kneels in front of her. Not that getting involved in Depp’s world is a guarantee of marriage: The movie star is said to have been engaged six times so far, resulting in only two marriages (and two divorces).

As is known, he did not have a marriage bond with Winona Ryder. After a year of love (he changed the tattoo to “Forever Wino”), he and model Kate Moss, 48, become a couple. Once again, it’s a romantic affair, and once again Depp shows no ambition to live a quiet life with the woman by his side. Untamed party nights, fueled by exorbitant alcohol and illegal substances, finally give the Hollywood star the image of the untamed daredevil. But this has its price: Excess harms not only his health, but also his reputation as a police officer. In 1994, after an argument with his girlfriend Kate Moss, he destroyed a hotel room in New York while drunk and was arrested. Later, in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he called these years the “darkest phase” of his life, and explained that he “couldn’t find a foothold.” However, that must change when Vanessa Paradis, 49, enters his life.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis: New Beginnings in France

In the summer of 1998, the American actress broke up with Kate Moss, unexpectedly crossed paths with Vanessa Paradis at a dinner party in Paris. Johnny Depp is in the city of love shooting Roman Polanski’s The Nine Gates. “She was in a dress with an open back and I saw that back and that neck and then I turned and saw those eyes and the bangs,” Habib recalled later in an interview with the British Daily Mail and explained: “You have that feeling… I can’t explain what it was really like, but I did feel it.” when I met her.”

The encounter is said to be the end of an unbridled party lifestyle and the beginning of an organized life. Because the French singer shows little interest in the glamorous world of Hollywood fantasy and insists on staying in France. A blessing for the ever-worrying actor, as it turns out. In 2001, Johnny Depp bought a small village near St. Tropez – including the church, barns and houses. Hidden among olive trees and vineyards, the couple raise their two children Lily-Rose (22) and Jacques (20) in an idyllic Provencal family. During this time, Depp made headlines only with his acting successes. The Pirates of the Caribbean series pushed him to the top of the list of the highest-paid actors. The film industry showered him with awards.

But eventually the acclaimed star got tired of juggling between his work in Hollywood and the quiet life on the French Riviera. Vanessa Paradis agreed to move to Los Angeles with him and the children. It doesn’t take long for Depp to go back to old patterns. Party excesses like when he was single ensured that the relationship started to crack. The children, for whom there are hardly any pictures yet, are now followed by the paparazzi. In 2012, the couple drew the line and the “Joe Le Taxi” singer returned to France with the children.

Amber Heard Turns Johnny Depp’s World Upside Down

A year before the split, Johnny Depp met Amber Heard while filming The Rum Diary. On set he must have been as successful as he met Vanessa Paradis at the time – with one difference. It’s again an ambitious blonde woman in her twenties who catches his eye. But this time, Depp is not 35 years old single but is almost 50 years old and in a relationship with the mother of his children.

Johnny Depp claims that he and Heard became closer after Vanessa Paradis ended. But in the current trial, Heard has spoken of secret meetings that have been held regularly since October 2011. Who’s right: The meeting with Heard, who is 22 years his junior, stirred something up in the actor. Whether it was a midlife crisis or the realization that the good family man was just a role he played like his movie characters for a while: it was the end of his steady life and the beginning of a toxic love adventure. How did it turn out that this was about to unfold before the eyes of the world in the courtroom.

It’s easy to imagine today’s Johnny Depp – sitting between his lawyers and hearing his ex-wife’s accusations – thinking: If only he had stayed in his French village.

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