Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Have Split Up

By Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
May 26, 2016 Updated: May 26, 2016

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have decided to part ways after nearly 16 months of marriage, according to reports.

According to TMZ, Heard cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for her May 23rd filing.

Depp and Heard began dating in 2011 when the pair met on the set of “The Rum Diary” and would later marry in two ceremonies—once at their West Hollywood home, and then again in a beach ceremony in the Bahamas, both in February, 2015.

Heard has spoken publicly about her qualms with marriage, and her fears of losing her identity.

“I have a fiercely independent spirit—the thing that really scares me is the potential of losing my freedom. I never want for my life to lose the ability to transverse the world, with freedom and ease. The freedom and ease I have worked so hard to acquire for myself,” said Heard in the July 2015 issue of Elle magazine.

The 30-year-old doesn’t have any children of her own with the actor but happily welcomed the role of stepmother to Depp’s children, 16-year-old Lily-Rose and 14-year-old Jack. 

“[It’s] an honor and the greatest, most surprising gift I have ever received in my life,” she said in the December issue of Marie Claire. “I feel new flavors that I didn’t know existed. New colors that I didn’t know existed have been added to my life. I’m so happy.”

Despite a 22-year age difference between Heard and the “Pirates of Caribbean” actor, the pair shared a common interest in music.

“We connect on a lot of levels, but the first things that really got me was, she’s an aficionado of the blues. I would play a song, some old obscure song, and she knew what it was,” Depp told E! News in 2015. “She’s very, very literate. She’s a voracious reader as I have been, so we connected on that as well, and she’s kind of brilliant and beautiful. I’m a lucky man.”

Heard is seeking spousal support.

Chika Dunu