As the bitter legal battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard draws to a close, the first question to ask is how the couple even got together.
As another chapter of the world’s poignant romance draws to a close, fans of the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard saga have been wondering; How is it even possible that these two fell in love?
It’s also one of the most intriguing origin stories in recent Hollywood gossip history.
How could a couple who seemingly despises each other so deeply even fall in love? What could bring these two together?
2009 – The die is cast
Like many top-notch couples before them, Heard and Depp met on set while starring together in Bruce Robinson’s top-grossing film. Rum diary.
Based on the book of the same name written by Depp’s real-life friend Hunter S. Thompson, the film portrays Depp as disheveled writer Paul Kemp who falls in love with Chenot (Heard), a woman engaged to another writer from the same city.
Although the film failed at the box office, it became the basis for a passionate and devastating romance between the two stars.
2012 – The old flame went out, new sparks ignited
When Heard and Depp met, they both had a long-term relationship – Heard with photographer and artist Tasia van Ree, and Depp with actress Vanessa Paradis, with whom he had two children.
Both parties parted ways with their loved ones in 2012, with Hurd stating that the couple began dating “around late 2011 or early 2012.” in a lawsuit.
The couple kept a relatively low profile (in terms of drama) for the next few years before announcing their engagement in 2014.
2015 – Marriage, Barnaby, divorce and lawsuits
Depp and Heard married in a very private ceremony in early 2015, attended by a close-knit circle of family and friends.
A few months later, the couple were back in the spotlight – this time in Australia – when Heard smuggled the couple’s two dogs, Pistol and Boo, into Australia while Depp was filming a new part of the film. Pirates of the Caribbean on the Gold Coast.
In doing so, she violated Australian quarantine laws, prompting then-Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to famously threaten to euthanize the dogs.
Heard and Depp posted an apology video together, one of the couple’s last performances together before Heard filed for divorce in May 2016, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
“Our relationship was very passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” the couple said in a joint statement.
Two years later in 2018 Sun published an article calling Depp a “wife beater”. Edward Scissorhands the actor responded with a lawsuit, which he subsequently lost.
Heard then created a ghostwritten play for Washington Post in December of that year, calling himself “Domestic violence figurine“.
The rest is an ugly story and it was almost impossible to look away.