Why Amber Heard’s divorcing Johnny Depp 3 days after his mother’s death

  • Reuters, Los Angeles
  • Updated: May 27, 2016 13:58 IST
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard pose for photographers as they arrive for the European premiere of The Rum Diary. Amber filed for divorce on Thursday, citing irrevocable differences. (Reuters)

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s short-lived marriage is heading for an acrimonious end. Amid rumours that there was a “full-blown feud” between Amber and Johnny’s family, questions are being raised over the timing of the divorce -- three days after his mother, Betty Sue Palmer, died.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star broke the silence on the issue on Friday. Heard, 30, filed for divorce earlier this week citing “irreconcilable differences” after the two were married for a little over a year.

Read: Johnny Depp’s wife Amber Heard files for divorce

“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.” said the Depp’s representative in a statement.

In this file photo, US actor Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at Haneda international airport in Tokyo.The pair were married in February 2015 and have no children together. (AP)

Meanwhile, there are rumours that there was a “full-blown feud between his (Johnny’s ) family and Amber,” reported TMZ. A source said that “Johnny’s two children, two sisters and his mom hated Amber” and believed that she “treated [Johnny] like crap”.

Amber’s team, however, has said that she terms the marriage as a mistake on her part. Depp, 22 years older than Amber, apparently fell off the wagon during their short marriage and even made drunken public appearances.

As the couple didn’t sign a prenuptial agreement, Amber has already asked for ‘spousal support’ in her divorce papers. She has also asked that he pay her legal bills. Depp’s lawyer is fighting all this tooth and nail. It is thought that Amber will end up with between £10 million and £35 million — a sizeable dent in Depp’s £270 million fortune, Daily Mail reported.

The actor will surely not forgive the fact that his wife has launched these proceedings three days after the death of his mother, Betty Sue Palmer, at the age of 81. He was so close to her that he had her name tattooed inside a heart on his left arm. It has been claimed that his relationship with Heard further deteriorated after he moved his ailing mother into their Los Angeles compound.

This will not be Depp’s first divorce. He married make-up artist Lori Anne Allison in 1983 but they went their separate ways two years later. He also split from French actress partner Vanessa Paradis, who he has daughter Lily-Rose, 16, and 13-year-old son Jack with, in 2012 after 14 years together.

Heard was in a three-year relationship with girlfriend Tasya van Ree until 2011. The couple wed in February, 2015, after meeting on the set of 2011’s The Rum Diary. They have no children together.

(With inputs from PTI)

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