After only fifteen months worth of marriage, it’s over for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. The “Aquaman” actress filed for divorce from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star on Monday, just three days after Johnny Depp’s mother, Betty Sue Palmer, died at the age of 81.
Depp and Heard had met while filming “The Rum Diary” in 2011 and married in a private ceremony in Los Angeles in February last year, notes Vanity Fair. And now Heard, as first reported by TMZ, has filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. She is also seeking spousal support from Depp; a claim which Depp has asked through his lawyer, to be rejected. Her actions feel insensitive and cold, especially considering the loss of Depp’s mother.
Depp and Heard had both talked about their love for each other publicly. In November last year, the “Black Mass” actor told E! News why he fell in love with Amber Heard. He said it was a shared liking for blues songs and a love of reading. “She’s very very literate. She’s a voracious reader as I have been, so we connected on that as well and she’s kind of brilliant and beautiful,” Depp had said.
The couple had recently come under media scrutiny after Heard failed to declare their two Yorkshire Terriers, Pistol and Boo, to Australian authorities. The helpless dogs were threatened with euthanasia by Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. Depp flew the dogs to safety back to the United States. There is no word yet on who gets custody of them.
It is strange seeing their relationship end so quickly. Though it must be mentioned that there was a big age gap between Depp (52) and Heard (30), which may or may not have played a role in Heard’s decision to separate. Also of note is the fact that Amber Heard recently celebrated her 30th birthday without Johnny Depp, as reports People.
People reports that Heard celebrated her birthday at The Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, California. Apparently, she had a “great time” with a small group of friends, at a time when Depp’s mother was spending her final days. Depp was very close to his mother, especially because of his tough childhood. Her mother worked as a waitress, he told Rolling Stone in 2013. “My mother was raised in a shack in the wilds of Appalachia, where the toilet was an outhouse,” Depp had told the magazine.
It’s undoubtedly a devastating time for Johnny Depp. We hope he finds strength to recover from his losses and move ahead bravely, as his mother would have surely wanted. His movie, “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” releases 27 May in the US.