When Johnny Depp and Amber Heard went public with their relationship (and eventually got married), everyone saw them as the perfect couple. Despite the staggering twenty-three year age difference, Depp and Heard seemed smitten with each other.
But things are not always as they appear on the surface, and soon it became clear that something was wrong.
In 2016, Heard showed up to court with visible bruises on her face, and her legal team claimed to have evidence of the abuse that had been going on for a month.
On the other end of the stand, there was Depp’s legal team which was trying to frame Heard as a gold digger. This, turn of events, led to a furious legal battle that is still going on today, and probably won’t stop anytime soon.
As new rumours begin to surface about the couple’s marriage, people are more and more eager to learn what exactly happened between Depp and Heard. While no one knows for certain, we have gathered all the available information, and now bring it to you an in-depth look into Depp and Heard’s relationship.
The Rum Diary: The Beginning
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met in 2009 on the set of the movie The Rum Diary. The movie was released in 2011, but when Depp met Heard in 2009 he was still with his longtime partner, Vanessa Pardis.
While there is no concrete evidence to prove that Depp had an actual affair with Heard at that time, there was definitely a spark there. Heard even said that working with Depp had been “probably the best experience I’ve ever had.”
This wouldn’t be the first time that a celebrity became interested in someone they were working with, while also being with someone else in real life. (Think Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith, back when he was still with Jennifer Aniston).
In the movie, Depp and Heard play each other’s lovers, even though Heard’s character is married. While the roles may be reversed in real life (Johnny being the one still with his former partner) this situation hits too close to home.
Depp’s Split And New Relationship
In 2012, a year after The Rum Diary came out, Depp split with Vanessa Pardis, whom he had been with for about fourteen years.
The two of them have two children together: Lily-Rose and Jack. Both Depp and Pardis spoke to the press eventually about their reasons for separating. Pardis said that it was possible to be in love with someone and still be unhappy, and that was simply it.
Depp added that the split had not been easy on him or her, nor for their kids. There was some speculation of Depp dumping Pardis because the latter did not get along with his mother, but this is unlikely, given how long they were together.
These were the reasons that the couple gave, but is it possible that Pardis saw Depp and Heard together in The Rum Diary, sensed the spark between them and thus figured out that maybe something was up?
After all, Depp and Heard have a lot of chemistry on screen, and Pardis knew Depp well enough to know how he would act in such a situation.
Soon after this breakup, it became official that Depp and Heard were dating. Depp even made a bunch of romantic gestures when the relationship was new and shiny.
For instance, it is said that Depp gifted Heard a horse while he was filming The Lone Ranger. Talk about extra!
Depp Wears The Engagement Ring
In 2014, it was announced that the couple was engaged to be married. This was soon perhaps, but not a shock.
It was apparent to the public that Depp and Heard were falling more and more in love with time. Heard was quite close with Depp’s kids as well, which proves how important she was to him.
Paparazzi spotted Heard out with Lily-Rose Depp, shopping and having lunch, and the two of them seemed to be enjoying themselves well. Depp also spoke about wanting a hundred more (his words, not ours) kids in the future.
It wasn’t long before Heard debuted the ring in public while attending the premiere of 3 Days to Kill with Depp at her side.
At this time, she had not spoken about the engagement to the press, and the diamond ring was estimated to be worth more than 100,000 dollars at the time.
It was Depp who made the news public when he showed up to an interview in Beijing wearing the ring himself. (He wore it for a while when it was too big for Heard). When questioned by the paparazzi, Depp admitted that the ring itself was “a dead giveaway.”
The First Sign Of Trouble
After the engagement, Depp and Heard were happy, in love, and glowing. In a Today interview, Depp called Heard a “southern belle” and claimed she was very good for him (we now know that neither of them was ever good for the other, so this is quite ironic).
But trouble was already beginning to brew, or should we say Depp’s temper was. In 2016, a text conversation between Heard and Depp’s assistant Stephen became public. In these texts, allegedly Stephen defends a man who has hurt Heard, and that seems to be Depp.
Stephen claims that Depp is apologetic and wants to get better, in response to which Heard claims she doesn’t know if she can stay with him after what he did to her.
Stephen then talks about Depp kicking Heard, and she goes on to say that he has done this many times before.
These texts did not surface at the time, so the image of the happy couple was protected.
The Fairytale Wedding
Because no one knew what was going on with Depp and Heard behind closed doors, a grand wedding seemed perfectly natural. After all, they were in love and crazy about each other.
Now we know what you’re thinking. Depp and Heard got married in a civil ceremony in LA, so what do we mean when we say grand wedding?
We mean the second private ceremony they had on Depp’s private island in the Bahamas (that’s right, Depp owns an actual island). The retreat is called Little Hall’s Pond Cay, and Depp bought it in 2004 for 3.6 million dollars.
The six beaches on this island must have been perfect for the wedding and Depp even christened one of these beaches in Heard’s name.
Around fifty guests were reported to be in attendance, including both of Depp’s children. When asked why he chose this location for his wedding (we mean, why not? Who has their own island, after all) Depp said it was “pure and beautiful” and being there felt like “instant freedom.”
Speculation Around Johnny’s Hand Injury
In 2015, Depp was filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Australia. During that time, he sustained a hand injury, which led to delays in filming because he had to fly back to the United States for treatment and surgery.
While it was initially believed that Depp had injured his hand on set, it was later revealed that this was not the case. This news made his injury all the more suspicious.
Heard reported, as having told some of her close friends, that Depp had punched a wall while they had been amidst a heated argument. This furthered the growing public’s belief in Depp’s volatile personality and anger issues.
People in general and those close to the couple began to worry that Depp was capable of hurting not only others around him but himself as well.
After this incident, things seemed normal (or as normal as could be) for Depp and Heard for a while, but as we all know, it was not meant to last.
The Dog Controversy In The Spotlight
Soon Depp returned to finish filming the Pirates of the Caribbean movie. When Heard visited him there in her private jet and brought their dogs (Pistol and Boo, two Yorkshire Terriers), the couple got caught up in legal trouble and had some more bad publicity (heaven knows it wouldn’t be their last).
Australia has famously strict biosecurity laws. Barnaby Joyce, who was the agricultural Minister at the time and had invoked the Quarantine Act (which is meant to prevent diseases such as rabies being carried into the country and requires a hassle of paperwork in order to be able to bring animals to the country) claimed that if Pistol and Boo did not “bugger back to the United States,” they would be executed.
Before the dogs could be sent back, things got worse and both Depp and Heard were detained, arrested, and threatened with jail time.
The couple claimed ignorance of the laws in question. Things simmered down eventually and it was found that while Heard had had the dogs vaccinated, she had neglected to fill in the necessary paperwork.
Depp and Heard made an apology video. The video is awkward and cringe-worthy and was the pair’s stiff attempt of smoothing things over.
Trouble In Paradise
Around the end of 2015, Heard claimed that what the media presented was a “horrible misrepresentation” of their lives and that she tried not to react to it.
However, soon afterwards in 2016, things escalated, to say the least.
First, Heard claimed that an intoxicated Depp had shown up to her birthday where he grabbed her by the hair and shoved her to the floor. After this alleged event, Heard attended the Met Gala by herself.
Depp’s mother also passed away during this time which made things messier as he had been quite close to her. The day after this death, a friend of the couple’s, Tilly Wright, called the police at Heard’s request.
Heard claimed that what had begun as a simple argument turned into Depp hitting her in the face with his cell phone, and repeatedly physically assaulting her.
The LAPD said that they were called in on a domestic violence issue, but Heard told them that it was a verbal fight only.
This does not prove anything, however, because it is possible that Heard was simply too scared to tell the police the truth while Depp was there.
Soon afterwards, pictures of Heard with bruises on her face became public.
Separation And The Ultimate Divorce
The day after this altercation with the police, Heard filed for a divorce. We cannot forget the pictures of her showing up to court with her beautiful face covered with bruises.
The couple had separated now, and soon the divorce would be final. On the grounds for divorce Heard did not mention the alleged abuse, but instead, put it to “irreconcilable differences.”
The news of this divorce and the death of Depp’s mother soon became public. Depp’s response entailed Heard paying her attorney fees and a separation of their assets.
Depp’s legal representatives issued a public statement where he declined to comment. The statement informed the public that Depp would not comment on the situation, given how difficult it was for him with the death of his mother, and all he hoped was that the divorce would be settled quickly.
Heard’s Restraining Order And Depp’s Defenders
After filing for divorce, Heard requested a restraining order against Depp. When Heard’s lawyers showed the judge pictures of her injuries after the alleged cellphone incident, she was granted a temporary restraining order that forced Depp to stay at least a hundred yards away from her at all times and to avoid contact.
Heard also claimed at the time that she was “extremely afraid” of Depp as he could return only to hurt her again, both emotionally and physically.
Now that all these events and allegations were public, people began to come to Depp’s defence. First, his daughter posted a picture on Instagram and wrote that he was the “sweetest” and “most loving” person she knew and that anyone who knew him would never believe the accusations against him.
Lily Rose’s mother, Pardis also defended her ex-partner, in a letter that called Depp a “sensitive, loving and loved person.”
Depp’s first wife from the eighties, Lori Allison, also came to his defence saying he is a “soft person“ and that she doesn’t believe Heards’ claims.
Apparent Evidence Against Depp and Rumors of Heard Cheating
After all of this, Heard’s team claimed that she was being forced to give out public statements given that Depp’s team was painting her as a gold digger. The team condemned Depp’s teams for attacking of Heard’s character and claimed that she had suffered for years at his hands.
Around the same time, rumours of Heard cheating on Depp began to surface, and people began to use that as reasoning for his alleged actions (although obviously, there can be no justification for abuse and violence).
First, Heard was shooting a movie with Billy Bob Thorton, and there were rumors of an affair (which both of them denied). Apparently, Depp believed these rumours and got violent. It is reported that in an angry fit of smashing bottles and such, Depp managed to cut his finger and then dipped that finger in paint to write an insult about Heard and Thorton on the wall.
Depp also claims that Heard was cheating on him with Musk, whom she dated during her separation from Depp. Musk’s team has denied this.
Around the same time, more and more ‘evidence’ against Depp began to surface; pictures of Heard’s injuries and videos of him in a drunken haze.
We must add, however, that most of these videos do not showcase him being violent and do not document any actual physical abuse.
Divorce Settled And Temporary Truce
In 2017, a divorce settlement of around seven million dollars was decided upon and things seemed to calm down a little bit. The pair released a joint statement saying that their relationship was always “volatile” but also “bound by love.”
Heard announced that the divorce settlement would go to charities that help women and children who are victims. At the time that the divorce was settled, Heard retracted her allegations of domestic abuse against Depp as well as her request for another restraining order. Since then Heard has established herself as a feminist figure and a supporter of the #MeToo movement.
In 2018, Depp gave an interview to GQ magazine where he accused Heard of falsifying her claims and her injuries. By doing so, he violated the confidentiality agreement between himself and Heard, which means that Heard’s lawyers are back on his case.
Depp began to fight back at this point more than ever before. Instead of merely denying things, he began to take action. For instance, he sued The Sun for an article that called him a wife-beater. He has also now sued Heard.
Depp Accuses Heard Of Abuse
This year, Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against Heard. He claims he is doing this now because he has finally gathered enough evidence to not only debunk her allegations but to prove that she was the perpetrator of abuse all along. Depp claims she “hit, kicked and punched” him and threw heavy objects at him.
Depp’s proof consists of two separate police officers willing to negate Heard’s claims, 87 surveillance camera videos and a bunch of neutral witnesses. The lawsuit itself is in regards to an alleged incident where Heard threw a vodka bottle at Depp.
Depp also reminds the public that Heard was arrested for allegedly hitting her then-girlfriend in 2009. He also claims to have proof of Heard staging his attacks on her and acting like a victim.
Public opinion is still divided on the matter, and the fact is, no one really knows what went down between these two. While some people still stand by Heard, others are beginning to see her as a fraud who capitalized on feminism to propel her career forward.
Similarly, while some people hate Depp and call him a wife-beater, others are beginning to sympathize with the possibility that he may have been the victim all along.