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Who are Ellen Barkin’s ex-husbands and does she have children?

Shania Wilson May 20, 2022
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Ellen Barkin, actress and Johnny Depp’s ex-flame, testified in the Depp-Heard case this week, providing details of her ten-year friendship with the Hollywood star.

The actress claimed Depp was a “jealous man” during their time together but the Hollywood actor has previously accused her of “holding a grudge” because he never wanted to make things official between them, the Daily Mail reports.

At the time of her relationship with Johnny, Ellen Barkin was separated from her then-husband, Irish actor Gabriel Byrne. The pair welcomed two children together but officially divorced in 1999.

Barkin married again in 2000, this time tying the knot with businessman and investor Ronald Perelman.

We break down everything we know about Barkin’s ex-husbands and children amid her Depp-Heard testimony.

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Ellen Barkin welcomed children with first husband

Ellen Barkin married Irish actor Gabriel Byrne in 1988, when the pair were making their start in the industry.

Byrne and Barkin went on to have two children: Jack Daniel Byrne in 1989, and Romy Marion Byrne in 1992. According to World Celebs, Jack went on to become a screenwriter and author, while Romy went on to follow in her mother’s footsteps as an actress. She has featured in films such as Friends From College, Strangers, and Love After Love. 

By 1993, Byrne and Barkin had separated amicably and, according to the 68-year-old, her relationship with Johnny Depp became more than just good friends only one year after the split.

The Irish actor and Barkin officially divorced in 1999 – Byrne now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Since the end of his relationship with Ellen, Byrne has starred in Irish television show The Riordans, 1981 film Excalibur, and received a lifetime achievement for acting at the fifth Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. 

Byrne remarried in 2014, to film producer Hannah Beth King.

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Actress married businessman following divorce

Just one year after her divorce from Gabriel Byrne was finalised, Ellen Barkin tied the knot with banker, businessman and investor Ronald Perelman.

According to close friends of the former couple and reported by NYMag, Barkin and Perelman were very much in love and “had a fierce attraction” to one another. “We never bore each other,” Barkin once said.

Other friends described the ex-partners as having a very “physical relationship” where they “couldn’t keep their hands off each other”. However, by 2006 the couple had called it quits. 

Perelman is best known for the company he founded, MacAndrews & Forbes. The business has invested in companies with interests in groceries, cigars, make-up, cars and much more. Forbes estimates Ronald’s net worth at $2.5 billion.

He remarried in 2010, to psychiatrist Anna Chapman.

Ellen Barkin testifies in Depp-Heard case

Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard for defamation due to an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018. He has asked for $50 million in damages. Heard is countersuing Depp and has asked for $100 million in damages and immunity against his claims.

During her testimony, Ellen Barkin said she had a brief “sexual” relationship with Johnny Depp in 1994, following her split from her first husband.

Barkin described Depp as controlling, alleging: “He’s just a jealous man, controlling – where are you going? Who are you going with? What did you do last night?”

As reported by The Daily Mail, she also accused the actor of drinking too much, stating: “He was drunk all the, most, a lot of the time.”

Throughout the trial Depp has denied having a problem with alcohol.

The case is set to continue.

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Shania is a Magazine Journalism graduate from the University of Derby. Her main passion is rooted in print journalism, however, she also branches out towards social media and is also interested in public relations. Outside of writing, Shania enjoys using social media, reading, and drinking coffee.