Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: A Timeline of Their Tempestuous Relationship

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After months of fighting, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp suddenly settled their divorce this week, with Heard donating all of the settlement money to charity.

Their relationship was a tabloid magazine’s dream: Hollywood A-lister falls in love with up-and-coming ingenue on set. Later, as allegations of abuse emerged, coverage of their relationship took a noticeably darker turn, with lurid reports — and later video and photos — of violent outbursts and alleged physical abuse.

Here’s a look back at Johnny and Amber’s tempestuous relationship.

October 2009

Depp and Heard met on the set of “The Rum Diary” with Depp playing a journalist obsessed with Heard’s character — a woman engaged to another man.

June 2012 

Depp and Heard started dating after the actor split from his long-time partner, Vanessa Paradis.

Jan. 17, 2014

People Magazine reported the couple was engaged.

April 7, 2014

Depp showed off his engagement ring during an interview with ET, stating, “It’s exciting to wear a girl’s ring … I don’t know, you know. It just fit.”

May 2014

A text message conversation retrieved by ET on June 1, 2016, reportedly showed Depp’s abusive behavior toward Heard in May of 2014.

Feb. 3, 2015

Depp and Heard tied the knot at the actor’s private island in the Bahamas.

March 2015

Depp suffered an injury to his right hand while filming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” in Australia. Reports said the injury occurred during an argument between Depp and Heard where he punched a wall.

May-June 2015

The couple faced legal trouble after it was discovered Heard brought their Yorkshire Terriers into Australia illegally. The two dogs were not subjected to Australia’s 10-day quarantine, which could have resulted in up to 10 years in prison for the owners.

Sept. 10, 2015

During an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Depp addressed the dog controversy saying, “We were under the impression we had all the paperwork done for the dogs.” When the conversation turned to Heard’s possible arrest, Depp went on to say “If they did that, I’d just fly to Australia and assault that man, so that I could go to jail.”

Sept. 16, 2015

Heard attended Depp’s Hollywood Vampires Rock show in Los Angeles. ET correspondent Denny Directo said she appeared in good spirits at the show.

Nov. 12, 2015

In Marie Claire’s December issue, Heard addressed rumors that she and Depp were having trouble saying, “I try not to react to the horrible misrepresentation of our lives, but it is strange, and hard.”

April 17, 2016

Heard and Depp issued an awkward video apology for having violated Australia’s bio-security codes by bringing in their dogs without declaring them. “Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people,” Heard said. “Australia is free of many pests and diseases that are commonplace around the world.”

The apology was then mocked by many celebrities, including Stephen Colbert. Depp also mocked the apology, where he apologized for NOT smuggling his dogs into England during a press tour for “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

April 21, 2016

According to court documents, Heard claimed that Depp showed up to her birthday party on April 22 “inebriated and high” and “violently shoved me to the floor” after grabbing her by the hair.

May 2, 2016

Heard attended the Met Gala without Depp.

May 20, 2016

Depp’s mother, Betty Sue Palmer, died after battling a long illness, ET confirmed. Depp had had a very close relationship with his mother — her name was tattooed inside a heart on his upper left arm.

May 21, 2016

According to court documents, Tillet Wright, a mutual friend of the couple, called 911 at the request of Heard. According to Heard, the conversation began very normally but then Depp “began obsessing about something that was untrue and his demeanor changed dramatically.”

“Johnny then grabbed the cell phone, wound up his arm like a baseball pitcher and threw the cell phone at me striking my cheek and eye with great force,” Heard claimed. “He then forcably pulled back my hair as I attempted to stand from the sofa … Johnny continued screaming at me, pulling my hair, striking me and violently grabbing my face.”

The LAPD told ET that a third party called 911, claiming a domestic violence issue. When the LAPD arrived at Heard and Depp’s home, she told them the altercation was only verbal but did not mention Depp by name, according to LAPD.

May 22, 2016

Depp and Heard separate.

May 23, 2016

Heard officially files for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Depp attended the premiere of “Alice Through the Looking Glass” alone and then flew to New York for a performance with The Hollywood Vampires the next evening.

May 25, 2016

The news of Depp and Heard’s divorce, as well as Depp’s mother’s death becomes public. Depp also filed a response to the divorce. He asked that Heard pay her own attorney fees and the separation of assets, including earnings made after they separated.

May 26, 2016

Depp’s reps issued the following statement:

“Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.”

May 27, 2016

Heard issued a restraining order against Depp. The judge granted her a temporary restraining order, which prohibited Depp from getting less than 100 feet close to Heard and disallowed any contact with her.

“I live in fear that Johnny will return to the residence unannounced to terrorize me, physically and emotionally,” said Heard in the court documents. TMZ first broke the story.

May 28, 2016

Depp’s daughter, Lily Rose Depp, came to her father’s defense with an Instagram post of her and her father when she was a baby, where she called him “sweetest most loving person” and “everyone who knows him would say the same.”

Depp’s ex-wife also came to his defense. In a letter obtained by TMZ, Vanessa Paradis wrote: “In all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I live with for 14 wonderful years.”

Depp’s first wife, Lori Anne Allison, has similar things to say about Depp. She also allegedly told her friends that she didn’t believe Heard’s statements, according to TMZ. 

May 31, 2016

Heard’s lawyers, Samantha F. Spector and Joseph P. Koenig, released the following statement to media outlets countering the initial May 21 police report: “Johnny’s team has forced Amber to give a statement to the LAPD to set the record straight as to the true facts, as she cannot continue to leave herself open to the vicious false and malicious allegations that have infected the media. Amber has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny.”

“We took the high road,” the statement continued. “Unfortunately, Johnny’s team immediately went to the press and began viciously attacking Amber’s character. Amber is simply a victim of domestic violence, and none of her actions are motivated by money.”

June 1, 2016

People Magazine published images of Heard with a bruises on her eye and lip.

June 3, 2016

Heard filed a defamation suit against comedian Doug Stanhope, who accused her of blackmailing Depp.

Aug. 12, 2016

A video — recorded by Heard — surfaced on TMZ showing Depp kicking and slamming cabinet doors in their kitchen. Heard was heard apologizing for an undisclosed matter while Depp poured a glass of wine. Depp eventually noticed she had been recording the exchange and grabbed for the recording device.

Aug. 15, 2016

TMZ published photos of what was allegedly Johnny Depp’s fingertip cut off. The site reported Depp “accidentally cut off his fingertip in a fit of rage” and dipped it in blue paint and wrote “Billy Bob” on the wall. “Billy Bob” refers to actor Billy Bob Thornton, which some outlets said Amber reportedly cheated on Johnny with.

Aug. 16, 2016

Heard’s lawyers dismissed her request for a restraining order. Depp and Heard also settled their divorce.

“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” Depp and Heard said in a joint statement.

Aug. 18, 2016

Heard announced her entire $7 million divorce settlement was going to two charities: the ACLU (with a focus on stopping violence against women) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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  1. Jaydee Daley says:

    I don’t get it; they were married for just a year. Why does he have to pay her £7m around £590,000 for every month they were married? The root of all evil is a love of money. Had she married him for because she loved him or loved his money?

  2. Derrick McBride says:

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  3. raezola says:

    a consumation or true matrimonial bonding of being betrothed is not something *to be dealt with it it should be true bonding of traditional woes/ this is very sad indeed 4 both parties
    an ideal partner is not just 4 sufficiency and marriage is nt a cause ,it is a relationship
    it s a lot of work and sacrifice and commitment and it s tuff love that s gives us our best continence
    abuse and volition often are the cause of break up s
    these 2 were not meant 2 be at all
    I wish them both continued success in the world
    * blessing s

  4. He was too old for her. I knew nothing good would come of this. Older men are just a headache to deal with really. Plus they’re nothing in bed. I’ve never been with one but I’ve heard all the stories and seen all the evidence. That’s all. I wish Amber the best of luck in the future.

  5. John Doe says:

    The evidence against Depp, including the TMZ video, was questionable at best. But 7 million dollars is pocket change for him anyway, so he probably thought “screw it! I just want to get done with this mess”.

  6. lynbarlo says:

    It was reported in that DEPP INJURED HIS HAND ON THE SET of “Pirates of the Caribbean”
    An inaccurate or accurate timeline cant excuse her No we don’t know either one of them at home. BUT! Besides the fact the last thing victims of abuse do is plaster the media or tell everyone they know, what many people are ignoring is that JD put her on the Hollywood map, no one heard of Heard before. What’s pathetic about Amber is that IF her claim were true, she could have handled her claim in a civil manner, and she would have gotten what California grants in any divorce- half the earnings during the time they were together, which would have been a lot more than 7 mil. She got so little, but then again, she could have been put away for forcing unauthorized, edited and photoshopped images on the public in her hysterical attempt to bury JD, out of greed and jealousy of his talent and successes. She went on a rampage and launched a viscous attack. She made herself look like the one who was trying to do damage. Which she was obviously doing, because she’s psyhcopathetic.

  7. katherine1977 says:

    If Amber hadn’t settled and followed through with the case, she could have potentially gotten far more monies to be able to donate to charity. Not sure who to believe, because Heard’s camp has put out so many falsehoods and leaked so many innocuous things that she looks hard to believe. But Depp has always been known to have an addiction and anger problem so who’s to say.

  8. J says:

    I am starting to believe Amber because I know nothing about Johnny Depp on a personal nature. He is sexy and that appeals to women. Truth appeals to me more.

  9. Maria says:

    Easy AMBER
    She’ll get a hold on you believe it
    Like no other
    Before you know it you’ll be on your knees
    She’s an easy AMBER
    She’ll take your heart but you won’t feel it
    She’s like no other
    And I’m just trying to make you see

    She’s the kind of girl you dream of
    Dream of keeping hold of
    You’d better forget it
    You’ll never get it
    She will play around and leave you
    Leave you and deceive you
    Better forget it
    Oh you’ll regret it

  10. Best wishes to Mr. Depp. She, on the other hand, is awfully awful and manipulative but it has played against her overall. ACLU doesn’t seem like the right entity for women’s matters. Freedom of speech maybe but they don’t strike me as running a game on women’s abuse that much. Kids’ museum, fine. She did this to save face and look good not because she some angel because she isn’t one or she wouldn’t have slammed him in the press in the first place. It’s disgusting that she used the press to do this then withdraws her accusations, drops charges, agrees that neither part intended to physically or emotionally harm the other. Oh come on, she was afraid to go to court because she would have been forced to tell the truth and so far she has not fully done this or she would speak up, say she lied. Mr. Depp should rejoin Ms. Paradis, they seem like the perfect match with two nice European children. Why he left her is the only question I have, she’s cool as they get and pretty on top of it. Wish him the very best, he will survive all of this. Amber baby, will not. The public doesn’t like her, they see through her obsessive lies. She has no class whatsoever.

  11. Liz says:

    Everyone should focus on this and this alone, “Johnny’s team has forced Amber to give a statement to the LAPD to set the record straight as to the true facts…”

    Yet another thing Amber claimed that NEVER happened. The LAPD never received any statement, there was never an investigation, the LAPD were listed as Johnny’s witnesses, and of course, Amber dropped the RO request so that it could NEVER go before the court.

    So much for letting anyone get to the facts. Amber tried her claims through the tabloid media because they don’t fact check nor have the same level of scrutiny as law enforcement or the court room.

    So much for due process.

  12. facts! says:

    Are you guys really printing this?

  13. Why do you 2 act like idiots

  14. Lol says:

    The divorce is settled, stop trying to milk it.

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