Johnny Depp's wives and girlfriends have come under a significant amount of scrutiny in light of his legal battles with ex-wife Amber Heard. Through his nearly four decades in Hollywood, Depp's relationship history is a colorful who's who of '90s It Girls, followed by more than a decade of quiet bliss with the mother of his children, Vanessa Paradis—followed by his toxic and allegedly abusive marriage to Heard, and now a new paramour: His former U.K. attorney, Joelle Rich. Take a look back at Depp's love life from pre-fame to infamy.
Is Johnny Depp in a relationship?
Depp is reportedly dating Joelle Rich, his attorney in his failed libel trial against The Sun in the U.K.; Depp sued the outlet for referring to him as a "wife beater." This means Rich was well aware that the judge in the case dismissed Depp's libel claims and found that the majority of Heard's abuse claims against Depp were "substantially true."
Rich was present at Depp's civil trial against Heard and was seen hugging Depp's attorney in that case, Camille Vasquez. A source told Us Weekly, which first broke the news, "There was no professional obligation for her being there. It was personal."
Rich is married and reportedly in the process of divorcing her husband, with whom she shares two children. A source alleged that she was still with her husband when she first met Depp and met up with the actor discreetly at hotels in the earlier stages of the relationship.
How many wives has Johnny Depp had?
Depp has been married and divorced twice. His ex-wives are Lori Anne Allison and Heard.
Who was Johnny Depp's first wife?
Depp's first wife was Lori Anne Allison. Five years Depp's senior, she was the sister of the bassist of one of Depp's band The Kids in the 1980s. They wed in December 1983 in South Florida, then soon moved to California.
Allison was a makeup artist and introduced Depp to Nicolas Cage, who encouraged him to pursue acting. Cage reportedly helped Depp get his audition for A Nightmare on Elm Street, which was Depp's big break.
"Nic Cage said, 'You should try being an actor. Maybe you are one and don't know it.' I began acting, and I thought, well, this is an interesting road; maybe I should keep traveling on it ... I got the job. I was stupefied," Depp recalled to Playboy (via Metro). "They paid me all that money for a week. It was luck, an accident. I did it purely to pay the rent. I was literally filling out job applications at the same time, any kind of job."
What happened between Johnny Depp and his first wife?
Depp was just 20 when he and Allison married. A combination of his burgeoning career and the couple's youth eventually led the marriage to fizzle, and he filed for divorce in 1985. Allison and Depp are still amicable, and sources told TMZthat Allison claimed Depp was never physical with her when they were married, noting that he never even raised his voice during their relationship.
Did Johnny Depp marry Sherilyn Fenn?
Following his divorce from Allison, Depp began dating Twin Peaks star Sherilyn Fenn, who he met on the set of the 1985 student film Dummies when she was 19 and he was 21."We went out for two-and-a-half years when we were just starting out in the business," Fenn recalled to The Big Issue. "He was very sweet. He was my first love ... I had found real love. It was with someone who was walking the same path, but even if he wasn't, the love and the connection was strong enough—cooking meals, hanging out, laughing and crying."
The pair were not married before they amicably split in 1989, but Fenn still speaks of Depp fondly. After Heard accused Depp of domestic violence in 2016, Fenn posted a throwback photo of herself with Depp in the 1980s, writing, "I know JCD isn't capable of the things being written."
Did Johnny Depp date Jennifer Grey?
Depp reportedly dated Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, but their relationship was short-lived, if passionate: Entertainment Tonight reported that the pair were even engaged, but they never actually made it to the altar before splitting up.
Were Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder in a relationship?
"It was a classic glance, like the zoom lenses in West Side Story, and everything else gets foggy," he recalled. "I knew then." Ryder concurred, "It wasn't a long moment, but it was suspended."
The pair didn't actually meet for the first time until months later when a mutual friend introduced Ryder to Depp at his Chateau Marmont hotel room. Ryder admitted, "I thought maybe he would be a jerk. I didn't know. But he was really, really shy." Ryder was 17 to Depp's 26 at the time.
The couple were inseparable almost immediately and got engaged five months later. Depp said of their whirlwind romance, "I'm being really honest with you when I say that there's been nothing ever throughout my 27 years that’s comparable to the feeling I have with Winona ... It's like this weird, bounding atom or something. You can think something is the real thing, but it’s different when you feel it. The truth is very powerful. Now I know." He added, "Believe me, this 'Winona forever' tattoo is not something I took lightly … Her eyes kill me."
The couple broke up before making it down the aisle, and Depp eventually altered his "Winona Forever" tattoo to read "Wino Forever." Depp hinted that media pressure played a role in their split, telling The Los Angeles Times in 1993, "It's very hard to have a personal life in this town. My relationship with Winona, it was my mistake to be as open as we were, but I thought if we were honest it would destroy that curiosity monster. Instead, it fed it, gave people license to feel they were part of it."
For her part, Ryder recalled to Elle UK (via PEOPLE), "I had just done Dracula and Edward Scissorhands. I had just had my first real break-up, the first heartbreak. I think it was really ironic because, like, everybody else just thought I had everything in the world, you know, I had no reason to be depressed, everything was sort of at its peak, but inside I was completely lost."
Are Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp still friends?
Ryder generally looks back on her romance with Depp fondly and defended Depp in his libel case in the U.K. In a statement to London's High Court (via The Mirror), Ryder wrote, "The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved. I cannot wrap my head around these accusations. He was never, never violent towards me. He was never, never abusive at all towards me. He has never been violent or abusive towards anybody I have seen. I truly and honestly only know him as a really good man—an incredibly loving, extremely caring guy who was so very protective of me and the people that he loves, and I felt so very, very safe with him. I do not want to call anyone a liar but from my experience of Johnny, it is impossible to believe that such horrific allegations are true. I find it extremely upsetting, knowing him as I do."
Did Johnny Depp go out with Juliette Lewis?
Juliette Lewis and Depp reportedly dated after meeting on the set of their 1993 film What's Eating Gilbert Grape?. Lewis ended her romance with Brad Pitt not long before she and Depp began dating. The relationship was short, but she and Depp have remained friendly since.
Did Kate Moss and Johnny Depp date?
Following his splits from Ryder and Lewis, Depp met supermodel Kate Mossat a New York City cafe in 1994, and they embarked on a hot and heavy rollercoaster romance that was rife with drama. Depp was arrested for criminal mischief in 1994 after he trashed his and Moss' room at The Mark Hotel in the Big Apple's swanky Upper East Side. Depp blamed the wreckage on an armadillo that he claimed was hiding in the closet; he was billed nearly $10,000 for damages to the hotel's property.
The couple split in 1998, and Moss was devastated. She later told Vanity Fair, "There's nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me. Johnny did for a bit. I believed what he said. Like if I said, 'What do I do?,' he'd tell me. And that's what I missed when I left. I really lost that gauge of somebody I could trust. Nightmare. Years and years of crying. Oh, the tears!"
Did Johnny Depp and Ellen Barkin date?
Depp reportedly had a fling with actress Ellen Barkin, who he met while filming Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1998. Barkin alleged in a deposition for Depp's lawsuit against The Sun that he threw a wine bottle at him when they were dating. According to The Daily Mail, Depp chalked her accusation up to simply having a grudge because he didn't pursue a serious relationship with her.
How long was Johnny Depp with Vanessa Paradis?
Depp told Rolling Stone in 2013 of the split, "It wasn’t easy on [Paradis]. It wasn't easy on me. It wasn't easy on the kids. It doesn't stop the fact that you care for that person, and they're the mother of your kids, and you'll always know each other, and you're always gonna be in each other's lives because of those kids. You might as well make the best of it."
After Heard accused Depp of domestic violence, Paradis wrote a letter (obtained by TMZ) calling the claims "outrageous," adding, "In all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years."
When did Amber and Johnny meet?
Depp revealed during his testimony at his defamation trial against Heard that he met and fell in love with Heard while filming The Rum Diary in 2009. However, he noted that their relationship didn't take off until after they split with their respective partners: He was still with Paradis, while Heard was in a relationship with Tasya Van Ree during the film shoot.
How long did Johnny Depp and Amber date?
According to court filings (via Variety), Depp and Heard began dating sometime between late 2011 and early 2012, when Heard split from Van Ree. The couple dated for about three years before tying the knot at their Los Angeles home, then with another ceremony in the Bahamas, in February 2015. Depp later revealed that his daughter Lily-Rose refused to attend the nuptials.
How long has Johnny Depp been married?
Depp was married to Allison for about two years.
He was married to Heard for a total of 23 months. Heard filed for divorce in May 2016, a year and three months after she and Depp wed, and filed a domestic violence restraining order against the Alice In Wonderland star; Depp has vehemently denied all allegations of violence against Heard. The pair finalized their divorce in January 2017, just weeks before what would have been their two-year wedding anniversary.