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Johnny Depp Constantly Expresses Deep Pride for His Grown-up Kids Who 'Refused to Be Around' Amber Heard

Oyin Balogun
Jun 07, 2022
04:20 P.M.
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Johnny Depp had it all until he met Amber Heard and decided to jeopardize everything to be with her; fortunately, his kids didn't feel the same way, and according to him, they "refused to be around" her — a fact that has made him praise them for their intelligence.


Actor Johnny Depp was one of the most notorious playboys in Hollywood in his early years of fame. Thanks to his moody looks, he quickly became a teen idol in the 80s, but his creative talent helped him become a household name in the movie industry.

Thanks to those good looks, there was an unending line of women throwing themselves at him, and being who he was, the young actor indulged in quite a few affairs and relationships with gorgeous women.

Johnny Depp during the 'Lone Ranger' Japan Premiere at Roppongi Hills on July 17, 2013, in Tokyo, Japan. | Source: Getty Images


The first woman he wedded was Lori Anne Allison, but they divorced after two years of marriage. In the late 1980s, he got engaged to actresses Jennifer Grey and Sherilyn Fennel, but after those relationships went to ruin, he moved on with Winona Ryder, to whom he proposed in 1990. They starred in "Edward Scissorhands" together.

He tattooed her name on his body at some point, but by the late 90s, he was already in another relationship with supermodel Kate Moss. It turned out to be one of his most famed ones, and it lasted four years.

Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder at the "Pacific Heights" premiere on September 24, 1990, in Westwood, California. | Source: Getty Images


After it ended, he found love again with a French actress and singer named Vanessa Paradis. To date, she remains the only one he has kids with, and their relationship is one of his longest-lived.


Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis at the "Mont Blanc" 100th Anniversary Party on April 5, 2006. | Source: Getty Images


Johnny Depp met Vanessa Paradis in 1998 when he joined Roman Polanski to make a film titled "The Ninth Gate." The first time he saw her was in the Hotel Costes, and she was wearing a dress with an exposed back.

Depp followed that line of exposed flesh up to the slender neck, and when Paradis turned around, her beautiful eyes arrested the handsome actor. He said:

“I saw those eyes, and — boom! My life as a single man was done.”

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis at the Los Angeles premiere of "Sleepy Hollow" on November 17, 1999. | Source: Getty Images


Before their meeting, Depp had only just started trying to get his life on track properly after developing a drinking habit which he later revealed started because he always had to be in social situations all the time.

In the past, Depp has been quite vocal about how Paradis helped him overcome his substance abuse and drinking problem; however, there were some peculiarities about their relationship. For starters, they chose to scrap out having a marriage ceremony, choosing to skip directly to creating a family.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis during the 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards on January 10, 2004 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images


As the years passed, it became apparent that the two lovebirds did not need to consummate their bond with a ceremony. When he commented on the topic in 2010, the actor stated that he did not need that "piece of paper" because marriage is really "from soul to soul."

Paradis echoed the same sentiment in a 2011 interview. She stated that while the party part may be fun, ceremonies don't matter to her, and love was all she needed in a relationship.

Actress Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp at the The Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images


Things seemed to be going splendidly for Depp and his partner as of 2011 because he only had praises for her. However, by June 2012, things had changed.


Johnny Depp taking his child out on a picnic at a London Park. | Source: Getty Images


Depp and Paradis welcomed their first child, Lily-Rose, in May 1999, and the pair remained relevant in the Hollywood context, with Depp going on to cement himself among the A-list celebrities.

At some point, he even stated that they are “are more intelligent than him” and “refused to be around” during his marriage with Heard.

Her birth was one of the things that made Depp and his lover choose to settle down in Paris to enjoy some family time. It was a sentiment nobody had expected from the young actor known for mischief and promiscuity over the years.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis with their two children on a picnic in a London Park on July 14, 2002. | Source: Getty Images


Depp once claimed that meeting his daughter for the first time was the best moment in his life. He also said, "She became my reason to wake up in the morning… and my reason to live."

According to him, that moment he met Lily-Rose was the most selfless he had ever felt, and Depp even declared that he was willing to have a "100" more kids with Paradis if she was ready.

Johnny Depp pictured with his daughter ,Lily-Rose, on a picnic at a London Park. | Source: Getty Images


The pair enjoyed a lavish lifestyle that saw them traveling between countries in luxury. Still, it is believed that they chose to remain in Paris after the birth of their daughter so she could be safe from gun violence and the "Hollywood game."

They welcomed their second child together in 2011 and named him Jack. From the moment his kids were born, Depp has always loved them, and as they grew older, he did not stop expressing pride in them. In an old interview, he praised them for turning out well, referring to them as "good, smart kids" who are also polite and caring.

Johnny Depp, Jack Depp, and Lily-Rose Melody Depp pictured arriving at Narita International Airport on July 16, 2013 in Narita, Japan. | Source: Getty Images


In 2018, Depp revealed that his proudest moment was when his son, Jack, who enjoyed drawing and music, told him that he had started a band. The proud dad had asked what he named it, and the boy had said "Clown Boner," convincing his dad that he was his true son.


Lily-Rose Depp at the screening of "The King" during the 76th Venice Film Festival on September 2, 2019, in Venice, Italy. | Source: Getty Images


In 2007, Depp and Paradis's first child Lily-Rose, who was seven, had been hospitalized after developing an E.Coli infection that caused kidney failure. She was in a hospital in a critical state for weeks, and he claimed that calling it the "darkest moment" is an understatement.

Fortunately, Lily-Rose survived the ordeal, and shortly after, their family was happy again. Speaking about his family back then, he had nothing but praise for his wife and love for his kids.

Lily-Rose Depp photographed at the "Wolf" premiere during the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 17, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. | Source: Getty Images


The health scare brought Depp's family ever closer, and it reportedly made the actor and his lover start planning a wedding ceremony. It was to hold at an ancient chapel in Plan de la Tour, a french village.

Depp was even spotted shopping for an engagement ring in California; however, he later revealed that the only thing stopping him from marrying Paradis was her "beautiful name." He believed adding Depp to it would disfigure it but admitted that he was ready for marriage anytime. He said:

"If she ever said 'Hey, let's get, I would do it in a second."

Vanessa Paradis and Lily-Rose Depp at the Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2018, in Paris, France. | Source: Getty Images


It was a dreamy declaration, but all that changed when he met Amber Heard. His relationship with Paradis ended one year after he ran into the actress in 2011.

They were on the set of "The Rum Diary" and had developed a close bond that saw Depp make her feel like she was the "most beautiful person in the world." It did not matter that they both had been in serious relationships; they got closer, and Depp reportedly sent her many gifts.

Johnny Depp at a press conference during the Kustendorf music & film festival, day 2 on January 14, 2010 in Belgrade, Serbia. | Source: Getty Images


It affected his relationship with Paradis, and soon they stopped appearing together publicly. Things remained like that for more than a year, and shortly after, it was revealed that they had chosen to split amicably.

He later revealed that the separation did not mean he cared less about her and added that he would always be in her life because of their kid, so it was only reasonable to remain on good terms with her.


Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Jack and Lily-Rose Depp at Narita International Airport on July 18, 2013, in Narita, Japan. | Source: Getty Images


According to some court documents, Heard and Depp started dating towards the end of 2011 or the start of 2012. They got engaged in 2014 after she was pictured wearing an engagement ring.

They got married in a private ceremony held in their home in 2015, but his daughter, Lily-Rose, chose not to attend the event even though Heard seemed to have bonded well with her and her brother on a trip to Japan.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard at the UK Premiere of "The Rum Diary" on November 3, 2011 | Source: Getty Images


Depp's marriage to Heard may have started well; however, it wasn't long before it all went to ruin. In 2016, Heard filed for divorce from Depp, and four days later, she got a temporary restraining order against him.

According to her, he always abused her under the influence of drugs and alcohol, but the actor denied the allegations. On August 16, 2016, the pair reached a settlement that saw him pay out seven million dollars.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp at the "The Danish Girl" premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015, in Toronto, Canada. | Source:Getty Images


Depp has admitted that it could not have been easy for his son to hear his dad getting called a wife-beater, and he has wondered why they had to endure that. Thankfully, his daughter has never believed the allegations, and she was one of the first people who spoke in Depp's defense.


Amber Heard and Johnny Depp at The Art of Elysium Heaven Gala on January 9, 2016, in Culver City, California. | Source: Getty Images


In 2022, Depp sued Heard for $50 million on the grounds of defamation because she wrote an oped in the Washington Post where she tagged herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse."

The case started in early April and was heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse. During the trial, which saw many drama and meme videos emerge, Depp constantly mentioned his kids.

Amber Heard testifies against Johnny Depp at Fairfax County Circuit Court during a defamation case against her in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 4, 2022. | Source: Getty Images


At some point, he even stated that they are "are more intelligent than him" and "refused to be around" during his marriage with Heard. The talented actor has also declared that part of why he filed the defamation case is because he wants to protect his kids by clearing his name.

A final verdict was passed on June 1 when the jury found that Heard had indeed defamed Depp three different times, which led to him being awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

The punitive damages were promptly reduced to $350,000 per state law, and Heard was also granted $2 million in her countersuit.