Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation in the US state of Virginia over an article she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018 – and people watching the livestream are captivated.
Heard and Depp have been making headlines since 2016, when the actress filed for divorce from Depp citing irreconcilable differences.
As the case unfolds, we take a look at Amber Heard’s relationship with her parents and how they may have felt about Depp following the divorce between the stars.
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Who are Amber Heard’s parents?
Amber Heard was born in Texas to parents David Heard and Paige Heard. David owned a construction company, while Paige worked as an internet researcher. They raised Amber and her younger sister Whitney just outside Austin. However, aged just 17 Amber left home to pursue acting in Los Angeles.
In 2020, the actress told fans her mother had passed away, Page Six reports, although the cause of death was not disclosed. “I am heartbroken and devastated beyond belief at the loss of my mom, Paige Heard,” Amber shared.
“She left us too early, (I’m) clasping on to the memory of her beautiful, gentle soul. She will be missed from the very depths of our hearts forever. Her unflinching, open heart made her the most beautiful woman I had ever known.”
Paige is survived by husband David, but he remains out of the public eye.
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Amber Heard’s relationship with parents explored
Before her mother’s death, the actress opened up about asking Paige and David to accept her when she came out as bisexual.
As reported by Heavy, Heard explained in 2019: “I am from Austin, Texas. My dad is out of central casting Texan, a good Southern man, and I was raised in a religious home.
“And being an outspoken lesbian, atheist and vegetarian, I remember when I told them about my relationship, that I was in love with this woman, and at the beginning it was just tears. They didn’t know how to process it because, for them, it was being thrown into a binary system of processing it – negative or positive.”
Despite a rocky road to acceptance, Heard remained close with her parents and often invited them to awards shows.
Likewise, for International Women’s Day 2020, Amber shared a photograph of her with her mum and sister:
Johnny Depp’s relationship with Amber Heard’s parents
The Blast reports Johnny Depp had a close relationship with Amber Heard’s mother before her passing in 2020.
The same outlet reports Paige and Johnny exchanged text messages in 2016 discussing the restraining order Amber had filed against the actor.
The Blast reports Paige ended the text message exchange with Johnny Depp by writing: “I love you, son.”
Johnny Depp’s current relationship with David Heard is unknown.