How did Johnny Depp and Amber Heard meet?

The following article provides a discussion of alleged domestic violence.

You might wish that there were good times for Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in the beginning of their relationship, but it’s hard to remember now. With Heard and Depp in the throes of their shocking defamation lawsuit, it’s easy to forget all the early days of happiness as details about their pasts come into the limelight.

As the long-delayed trial continues to repeat old incidents of alleged violence, substance use, and bed-pooping (yep), it’s once again turned into a he-said-she-said about what may have happened during their fleeting time together. Their brief marriage ended in drama, with not only a messy divorce but also a restraining order amid allegations of domestic violence. Married only 15 months, per We Weekly, the two split in May 2016 when Heard filed for divorce. She cited irreconcilable differences in the filing, but later appeared in court with a bruised face and was given a temporary restraining order against Depp, per TMZas her application was filled with detailed reports of verbal and physical abuse.

Depp and Heard have gone back and forth since then, as Depp responded with defamation lawsuits: the first against The Sun publisher News Group Newspapers for calling him a “wife beater” (per BBC), and the current lawsuit against Heard directly for writing about her experience after coming forward with the allegations in The Washington Post† With the horror stories of their turbulent relationship being retold in court, it’s hard to remember how the ex-lovers first met.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met on set

Johnny Depp must have met hundreds of people on set over his 35-plus years in entertainment, but apparently not all of them touched him as much as Amber Heard did. Depp was filming the film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel, “The Rum Diary,” in 2009 when he met Heard on set, according to Vulture† Depp played journalist Paul Kemp in the adventure film while Heard’s female character, Chenault, caught Kemp’s attention. The same seems to be true for the real couple.

Depp described their early relationship in his testimony, per page six, saying he “felt something I shouldn’t feel” during filming. According to Depp, the romance really started in a certain intimate scene. “I think there was something in the kiss in the shower that was real,” he said. Heard also noticed and said the same in her testimony (per page six). “I felt chemistry. I felt something different beyond my work, for sure,” she said. “Johnny clearly felt that way about me.”

Apparently the two had a bond about music. When asked what Depp liked about Heard when they first saw each other, Depp replied testified“She seemed to be the perfect partner in a way,” describing her as “very knowledgeable about old obscure blues music.” He also described her as “literate… sweet, funny, kind, all those things.”

Amber Heard said Johnny Depp made her feel special

Perhaps the first romance felt forbidden because Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were both partners at the time. Heard was in a relationship with Tasya van Ree, while Depp was with Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children, Lily-Rose and Jack. Depp ended his 14-year relationship in 2012 We Weekly, and began dating Heard shortly after. Heard revealed during her testimony, per Mirrorthat they were “secretly dating” and “in a bubble of secrecy” because Depp’s split from Paradis was not yet public.

Heard felt bliss in those early days, similar to what Depp described. “I felt like this man knew me and saw me in a way that no one else had. I felt he understood me, I felt he understood where I was coming from,” she said. “When I was around Johnny, I felt like the most beautiful person in the world. I felt seen. I felt like a million bucks.”

The couple married twice in February 2015 – once in a private setting and again to a large shindig (per Evening Standard† However, the honeymoon didn’t seem to last long. During the 2020 lawsuit against The Sun, ABC news reported that Heard’s friend testified to Depp, saying, “The first thing Johnny said to me after the ceremony, as we walked to the reception, was, ‘Now I can punch her in the face and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. ‘” Looks like Heard was eager to hit her new husband too. In the former couple’s libel suit against each other, Depp’s team played a recording of Heard telling Depp after an argument, “I’m sorry I didn’t punch you in the face with a decent punch. I hit you, it was don’t hit you.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 800 799 7233. You can also find more information, resources and support on their website.

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