Everything You Need to Know About Johnny Depp’s Ex-Wives
Johnny Depp has only said “I Do” twice in his life, and neither time has it turned out well for the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor. Discover the details of his weddings to Lori Depp and Amber Heard.
It’s not out of the question that Johnny Depp will walk down the aisle again in the future. However, following the failures of his previous two weddings, no one could blame the Dark Shadows star for opting out of matrimony for the rest of his life. Johnny’s initial efforts at marriage had failed miserably. His first marriage to Lori Depp ended just as his career was gaining traction, and his second marriage to Amber Heard has made headlines and been the subject of court papers. What you need to know is as follows:
According to her IMDb page, Lori Depp was born Lori Anne Allison on September 6, 1957. She was born and raised in South Florida, where she met Johnny through the music scene. “We all know he’s a fantastic actor who can pull off the pirate thing like nobody’s business,” Lori told the Miami Herald in 2015, “but he’s also an exceptionally good guitarist who started out in South Florida playing the local Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale bar scene.”
On December 20, 1983, Johnny and Lori married. Johnny and Lori moved to the West after they married. Lori is said to have introduced her husband to Nicolas Cage after they moved to Los Angeles.
Nic had just finished filming Valley Girl after appearing in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (per Metro). Nic was able to secure a position for his new drinking buddy in the horror picture A Nightmare On Elm Street. This was Johnny’s first significant leading role, and it cemented his reputation as a 1980s heartthrob.
In a 2004 interview with Playboy, Johnny claimed, “I was actually putting out job applications at the same time, any type of work.” “‘You should try being an actor,’ Nic Cage remarked. Perhaps you are one and are unaware of it.’ When I first started acting, I thought to myself, “Well, this is an intriguing road; maybe I should keep going down it.”
Lori wanted to be a recording engineer and became a frequent presence at Criteria Studios [now Hit Factory] while Johnny’s career was taking off, she told the Herald. However, because she didn’t use adequate ear protection when target shooting, she lost 80% of her hearing in her left ear.
Lori eventually discovered her calling in the cosmetics chair. She told the Miami Herald, “I started doing cosmetics for up-and-coming photographers and subsequently started receiving paid assignments.” “I ultimately acquired an agent at a well-known Los Angeles firm and began working continuously.”
Lori and Johnny’s marriage fell apart as a result of their respective triumphs. In 1985, they divorced due to irreconcilable disagreements.
Lori debuted her Serendeppity collection of lip glosses in 2015. She also provided Bustle advice that year. “Don’t do it if it doesn’t look well on you,” Lori said. “However, if it looks beautiful on you, regardless of when it was made, go for it.”
Lori defended her ex-husband when Johnny’s problems with Amber began in 2016. She told TMZ that during their relationship, Johnny never got violent with her and characterised him as a “soft person” who is extremely compassionate to animals. They kept in touch, with Johnny phoning Lori in 2016 to express his sympathies when her mother died.
While filming The Rum Diary, the film version of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel, Amber Heard met Johnny Depp for the first time. Johnny played Hunter in the 1998 film adaption of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and the Gonzo journalist got close to him. Amber admired the Hell’s Angels author as well.
“For a long time, I admired Hunter S Thompson. True persons have a special place in my heart. In a 2011 interview with Vogue, she remarked, “You can say a lot of things about him, but he was absolutely an individual.” “It was excruciating to work with Johnny. It was better than I could have anticipated, which is saying a lot.”
Amber was seeing Tasya Van Ree, a photographer and painter, at the time, and Johnny was dating Vanessa Paradis, a French actress. After 14 years together, Johnny and Vanessa divorced in 2012. Johnny and Amber started dating around that time. In January 2014, the pair announced their engagement, saying they “couldn’t be happier to be engaged” and “eager to share the rest of their lives together.”
Amber and Johnny married in a secret ceremony at Johnny’s Los Angeles residence on February 3, 2015.
When Amber visited Johnny on the Australian set of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales that year, they were involved in an international scandal when they forgot to disclose the couple’s Yorkies Pistol and Boo. Unfortunately, being chastised by Australia’s agricultural minister would not be the couple’s most serious legal issue.
Amber filed for divorce in May 2016, ending their brief marriage. That was only the start of a protracted court struggle. After accusing Johnny of being physically and verbally abusive to her throughout their marriage, Amber sought a temporary restraining order against him.
Johnny refuted the accusations and countered with his own. In the press and the court system, there was a back-and-forth, with the public taking sides. The divorce was completed in 2017 after the couple issued a joint statement.
Following a 2018 op-ed in the Washington Post about leaving an abusive relationship, Johnny sued Amber for defamation in 2019. She stated, “I became a public figure symbolising domestic violence, and I faced the full weight of our culture’s fury for women who speak up,” without naming Johnny as her abuser. Amber and Johnny were set to meet in a Virginia courtroom over the defamation seven years after Amber originally accused Johnny of assault. Johnny was suing for $50 million in compensation.
“Do you want to hurt someone you care about?” As if you’re a bully? In a 2018 interview with GQ, Depp stated, “No, it didn’t, it couldn’t even sound like me.” “How the heck am I going to strike her from twenty-five feet away?” That is, by the way, the very last thing I would have done. “I may appear to be foolish, but I’m not f-cking stupid.”
Johnny’s libel claim against The Sun for labelling him a “wife-beater” was dismissed in November 2020. (and an appeal was denied in 2021, per Deadline.)