Celebrity divorces and breakups happen all the time, and usually, things are pretty straightforward. There might be some disputes about money or custody, or even a cheating scandal, but really, we usually don’t hear too many messy details. But some divorces are beyond messy, and the fallout from Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s relationship is honestly unbelievable at this point. Depp and Heard had been married for just 14 months when, in May 2016, Heard filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order against Depp, alleging that he was physically and verbally abusive. This set off a mind-numbing chain reaction of conflicting accusations and legal actions, with too many twists and turns to even attempt to recap.
But this week, more than four years after Heard’s initial divorce filing, the couple is once again facing off, this time in a London court. That’s right, this is STILL happening—not even a global pandemic can get these two to bury the hatchet. In the latest round of drama, Johnny Depp is suing The Sun, a British newspaper, for calling him a “wife beater” in 2018. Depp claims that this description, based on Heard’s accusations, is false and libelous.
Due to social distancing protocols, the trial is taking up five different courtrooms at once, which really just begs the question—could we not do this via Zoom? Five courtrooms feels a bit dramatic, but then again, everything about this case is dramatic. Over the last few days, Johnny Depp has taken the stand to testify, speaking about a wide range of events that occurred during his marriage and before, and sharing some details that are beyond strange.
He began his testimony on Tuesday with prepared statement, in which he denied Heard’s claims that he “had been this horrible monster,” and in fact said, “I am now convinced that she came into my life to take from me anything worth taking and then destroy what remained of it.” Dark. Depp called the notion that he would hit a woman “inconceivable,” citing his Southern upbringing and his deep respect for women.
When asked about his notorious drug usage, Depp acknowledged that by age 14, he had tried “every drug known to man”, and that he has long used drugs to “numb the pain,” but he denied having a “nasty, angry side.” The drugs came up again when talking about one specific alleged incident that happened at Heard’s LA apartment in 2013. A photo from the morning after a “nasty fight” shows a table covered with whiskey and a “crossbones-decorated pill box marked ‘property of JD.'” Johnny Depp admitted the box “probably” contained cocaine (cute that he keeps his drugs in a pirate chest), and that on the morning in question, he was “definitely partaking of the cocaine and whiskey.” Heard’s sister Whitney came to the apartment that morning, and she says the place was a disaster, and that Heard “was very red and had obviously been crying.” Depp, on the other hand, says he doesn’t “recall the level of destruction Whitney describes.”
The defendant in this trial, The Sun has questioned Depp about a multitude of incredibly specific events, nearly all of which Johnny Depp has denied outright. The Sun attorney Sasha Wass asked Depp about one alleged incident, when Amber Heard said she laughed at one of his tattoos—it originally said “Winona Forever,” but after his breakup with Winona Ryder, he had it altered to just say “Wino Forever” (relatable). Wass alleges that Heard’s laughter at the tattoo was met with “disappointment” and “anger” from Depp, and in response, he “slapped her more than once, because after you slapped her the first time, she didn’t react, she just eyeballed you, she just stared at you, and that made you more angry, and you slapped her again.”
Depp called this description of events “patently untrue,” and said he does not “recall any argument about any of my tattoos.” He also denied a claim that during another argument, he “dangled Heard’s teacup Yorkshire terrier, Pistol, out of a moving car”, saying, “That is not my idea of fun, although my sense of humor is rather skewed.”
One particular incident that’s been a hot topic of contention between Depp and Heard allegedly occurred at their Australian villa in March of 2015. Depp ended up on a stretcher with a partially severed fingertip, but their accounts of how this happened couldn’t be more different. According to a written statement from Johnny Depp, “Amber severed my finger with the second of two thrown vodka bottles at me,” and in the same incident, he claims she stubbed out a lit cigarette on his cheek.
Amber’s version of events is completely different. In a previous statement to The Post, she said that Depp “mutilated himself in a booze- and drug-fueled jealous rage when he smashed a telephone against a wall and a piece of plastic from the phone severed his digit.” After that, Heard’s camp alleges that Depp “used his finger stump to scrawl accusations of infidelity by Heard in blood and blue paint on the walls and a mirror at their villa.” Yes, they are literally saying Johnny Depp used his bloody finger like a marker to write “STARRING BILLY BOB EASY AMBER” on the wall (that’s Billy Bob Thornton, whom Amber Heard has denied cheating on Depp with). These two stories are so wildly different, but somehow, we still have no idea which version is more accurate.
The accusations of Amber Heard’s infidelity are a recurring theme in the trial, and another incident involved Depp accusing her of sleeping with her costar James Franco. According to Wass, Heard alleges that Depp called her a “slut and a whore”, in addition to kicking and slapping her, because he thought she was having an affair with Franco. In court, Depp admitted he was “uncomfortable” with her being around Franco, and though he denied the allegation of being physically abusive, he conceded that he may have called Heard “a go-getter slut and a whore.”
One important moment in the trial so far came when Depp was shown a text message to actor Paul Bettany, in which he said that he had gone into a “blackout, screaming obscenities and insulting any (person) who got near.” After looking at the text, Depp admitted that “I may have done things that I have no memory of.” Still, he maintained that he is “certainly not a violent person—especially with women.”
While the focus of this current trial is on Johnny Depp’s behavior, it’s important to remember that overall this isn’t a one-sided situation—these two have spent the last four years leveling accusations at one another, and at this point it’s impossible to know what’s even true. Last year, Depp sued Heard for $50 million, accusing her of defaming him in a Washington Post op-ed about their relationship, and he has also claimed that Heard was physically abusive toward him. Basically, I’m glad I’m not the judge making decisions about this case, because who even knows what to think?
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We all know that relationships are hard. Whether your current relationship struggles are getting your S.O. to give you some space during quarantine, or getting that new guy from an app to text you back, we all go through it. But you know what sucks even more than your average relationship bullsh*t? Divorce. Divorce is like a sh*tty layer cake of lawyers, paperwork, and potential financial ruin, and even when it goes relatively smoothly, no one is having a good time.
But the most fun thing about divorce is that, like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. Each divorce is a new and different sh*t storm, and when celebrities get involved, things tend to get especially complicated. From cheating scandals to money issues to nasty custody battles, these are some of the messiest celebrity divorces ever.
Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler
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With great sadness, after 10 years together we have come to a loving conclusion to get a divorce. We have nothing but love and respect for one another and are deeply grateful for the years shared, memories made, and the children we are so proud of. This is just the situation of two people growing apart. We ask everyone to respect our privacy as we navigate this difficult time within our family.
Maybe in a year or two, this one won’t have turned out so bad, but right now, it’s hard to keep up with all the sources that are coming out of the woodwork about these two. It’s been less than two weeks since Kristin and Jay announced their split, and they’ve already filed competing legal documents, disagreed on finances and custody arrangements, and now seemingly come to an agreement on those things. This week, sources said that Kristin got sick of Jay being “unmotivated” and “lazy” around the house after retiring from his pro football career. Things are happening fast here, and I have a feeling the mess is far from over.
Johnny Depp & Amber Heard
When Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp in 2016 after just over a year of marriage, she alleged that he had been physically and verbally abusive, and obtained a restraining order against him. Depp said that her claims were false, and accused her of “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.” Ultimately, the divorce was finalized in 2017, and Heard donated her full $7 million settlement to charity.
Things got ugly once again last year, after Amber Heard wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, in which she talked about being a victim of domestic abuse. Johnny Depp sued her for $50 million for defamation, claiming that Heard was actually the abusive one in the marriage. This lawsuit still hasn’t been settled, and we probably won’t ever know the full truth of what happened in their troubled marriage.
Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries
I’m bad at remembering how long most celebs have been married to each other, but I will never, ever forget Kim K’s 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries. How could I forget a mess like this? After releasing a wedding fragrance and getting paid millions of dollars for a two-part TV wedding special, people were quick to accuse Kim of orchestrating the whole thing for publicity. This included one of her former publicists, whom Kim ultimately sued. She won, btw, and he was forced to apologize to her. Kim and Kris’s divorce wasn’t finalized until nearly two years later, just two weeks before Kim gave birth to her first child with Kanye.
Denise Richards & Charlie Sheen
After four years of marriage, Denise Richards filed for divorce from Charlie Sheen in 2006. At the time, she claimed he was paranoid and abusive, and that he tried to convince her not to vaccinate their two daughters. She ultimately obtained a restraining order against Charlie, and in 2010, she was granted full custody of their children, due to Charlie’s “marital turmoil, sobriety issues and criminal problems.” In more recent years, Charlie and Denise’s relationship has improved, but even this season on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, we’ve heard Denise talk about her ongoing child support case with Charlie. This really is never-ending.
Prince Charles & Princess Diana
I feel like we don’t give enough credit to the messy celeb drama of the ’90s, but Charles and Diana’s divorce was one for the ages. After getting married in 1981, both of them became unhappy pretty quickly, and they each had long-term affairs with other people. This became public in 1992, when tapes of phone calls between Prince Charles and his now-wife Camilla Parker-Bowles leaked to the press. After a couple years of general mess, the Queen intervened, writing Charles and Diana a letter ordering them to get divorced ASAP. Lol, you know things are bad when your mom has to get involved.
To add insult to injury, Diana was stripped of her HRH title after the divorce, which she was reportedly extremely upset about. Honestly, all of this makes the drama with Harry and Meghan look tame. I mean, they just want to live in LA!
Brandi Glanville & Eddie Cibrian
This has got to be one of the most dramatic cheating scandals of all time. In 2009, it was revealed that Eddie Cibrian and Leann Rimes were cheating on their respective spouses with each other. After the scandal broke, Rimes divorced her husband Dean Sheremet, and Cibrian divorced Brandi Glanville. To this day, Brandi and Eddie don’t really get along, and there’s been plenty of drama between them over the years. In 2017, Brandi accused LeAnn of stalking her after she showed up at a restaurant where she was eating. This prompted Eddie to write an open letter to Brandi, saying that “every couple of months there is another accusation coming from Brandi in an attempt to drum up drama to stay relevant.” I have a feeling once their sons turn 18, Brandi and Eddie are going to try their best to never see each other again.
Christie Brinkley & Peter Cook
Lots of high-profile marriages have fallen apart due to cheating, but this one is especially bad. In 2006, Brinkley discovered that her husband Peter Cook was having an affair with a 17-year-old, which is downright disgusting. He also gave the teen hundreds of thousands of dollars and helped her buy a car, all to get her to stay quiet. Needless to say, their marriage didn’t survive this, and their divorce was finalized in 2008. Christie Brinkley won big in their divorce case, getting full custody of their daughter, most of their property, and the satisfaction of the whole world knowing Peter Cook was an asshole.
Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren
If Tiger Woods’ cheating scandal wasn’t so awful, I might actually be impressed. In November 2009, it was first reported that Tiger had cheated on his wife Elin, who is a model. Why do guys always cheat on models? I don’t get it. While he initially denied those rumors, it wasn’t long before sh*t hit the fan. Eventually, over a dozen women publicly claimed to have had affairs with Tiger while he was married, and he eventually confessed to cheating with over 120 women, including the 21-year-old daughter of a neighbor. I mean, ew. As a result of the scandal, Tiger lost many of his brand partnerships, and his performance on the golf course also took a nosedive. Unsurprisingly, Elin divorced Tiger in 2010, and she reportedly got around $100 million in the divorce settlement. It’s what she deserves.
Jon & Kate Gosselin
Can you believe that Jon and Kate’s sextuplets just turned 16 years old?? I guess time flies when you’re being messy. In 2009, Jon and Kate Gosselin announced on their show that they were separating, and things have basically been sloppy ever since. While they both claimed the show would go on, TLC placed it on hiatus, because I guess it was supposed to be about the kids, not a train wreck divorce. At first, they took turns staying at the family home with the kids, but the police had to be called a couple months later, when Kate showed up during Jon’s scheduled time and the couple got into a fight.
Though the divorce was finalized over a decade ago at this point, the custody disagreements have continued. In 2017, the police were called to an orthodontist’s office over a custody dispute. Lol, what? Now, after years of disagreements in court, Jon has full custody of two of the sextuplets, while the other four still live with Kate. Sounds normal.
Paul McCartney & Heather Mills
Paul McCartney married model and media personality Heather Mills in 2002 at an Irish castle, but the fairytale didn’t last long. They separated in 2006, and Mills blamed McCartney’s daughter (Stella McCartney, you may have heard of her), whom she called “jealous and evil.” Yikes. In leaked documents, Mills also accused McCartney of pushing her into a bathtub while she was pregnant and stabbing her with a broken wine glass. Not good. When McCartney and Mills got married, they famously had no prenup, so Heather Mills got a pretty nice pay day in divorce court. Her lump sum was close to $50 million, in addition to $70,000 a year in child support and lots of other perks.
Every divorce is messy in its own unique way, but these are definitely some of the sloppiest from top to bottom. LMK your favorite celeb divorce disasters in the comments, because the possibilities are endless.
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