Johnny Depp proposed to Amber Heard because she’s such a ‘free spirit’

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp may have gone the commercial route with his career, but he’s always been very hush-hush about his private life. Well other than when he threw furniture out hotel room windows during a cocaine bender with Kate Moss. Plus that Wino Forever tattoo. Yet he’s always maintained an aura of mystery through all of his relationships, which is why it came as a surprise that his engagement to Amber Heard was a late-breaking Friday story. That’s a classic PR move that says, “We’re trying to look like we don’t want be noticed, but really, we know you’ll talk about it all weekend.”

As CB mentioned, People updated the story with an official confirmation and quotes about how Amber has bonded so well with Johnny’s children because she and Lily Rose have gone shopping together. She and Johnny are so “excited to share the rest of their lives together.” People has a new and slightly awkward update that starts out by making mention of Johnny and Amber’s last relationships. The implication is that the happy couple was quick to toss out their former ways to be with each other. Check it:

He’s a 50-year-old superstar who spent 14 years (mostly) happily unwed to his longtime love. She’s a 27-year-old actress on the rise whose last relationship was with a woman.

Now Johnny Depp and Amber Heard — who only recently started stepping out together publicly — are engaged.

What made Depp get so serious so fast? “She’s a great match for him and his individuality,” says a source who knows Depp. “She’s a free spirit.”

Raised in Texas, Heard has proclaimed her love for shooting guns, driving fast cars (she tools around in a 1968 Mustang) and collecting books, a particular passion of Depp’s.

After roles on the CW’s Hidden Palms and the movie Pineapple Express, Heard was cast as Depp’s love interest in 2011′s The Rum Diary — and their chemistry was undeniable. “You can’t help but adore his talent, his passion, his magnetic force that pulls you into all his brilliance,” she said at the time.

Of course, at the time Depp was still coupled with French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis, 41, the mother of his children Lily Rose, 14, and Jack, 11. They split in 2012. And Heard was dating Tasya Van Ree, a photographer.

Heard has said she’s bisexual: “In the past I’ve had successful relationships with men, and now I’m in this successful relationship with a woman. When it comes to love I am totally open,” she told Playboy in 2011.

By last year, Depp and Heard were an official item, with Heard accompanying Depp and his children on the international press tour for The Lone Ranger.

Recently, according to sources close to the couple, Depp popped the question. Says one: “They couldn’t be happier.”

[From People]

Honestly, I think it’s easy to jump on Amber for bagging herself an A-lister and riding his scarfy coattails. She seems like a hot young actress that came out of nowhere, but the truth is that she has been kicking around Hollywood for a decade. As for Johnny? I still think he looks like the fool here. Classic midlife crisis. I hope he gets a good prenup.

Amber Heard

Amber Heard

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  1. Dani2 says:

    I don’t see these two going the distance at all but congrats to them.

  2. bns says:

    And she said yes because she’s hoping being associated with him will help her career.

    They won’t make it down the aisle.

  3. Kiddo says:

    She’s such a free spirit, I had to trap her.

  4. blue marie says:

    Johnny is a joke and Amber is a mediocre actress, best of luck to the ole cliches..

  5. Secret Squirrel says:

    and if/when they split up, he will probably find her to be an “expensive spirit”…

  6. Jegede says:

    She’s being kicking around Hollywood but with what to show for it exactly?
    Her TV show was a flop; she can’t star in a hit movie (critical or commercial) to save her life
    And she’s the third banana in films people have seen

    Despite staging pap shots with a quickness for years (you need to see those of her at a garge with full make up), tell alls on her sexuality e. t. c its only her association with Depp that has given her any shine.
    I mean after yet another flop Paranoia on what grounds did she have to present at the Golden Globes!??!

    • Oustandingworldcitizen says:

      Preach, bitch breach!!! My god my boyfriend subjected me to that movie on DVD. Liam is horrible and Amber is even worse. Too good looking people with not talent. It was like a magazine shoot in motion. Only with extremely bad acting with Harrison and Oldman as props.

      He is a ladder to her. I cannot believe this of Johnny. Been a fan well since.. 21…Telling my age. He is embarrassing himself. It shows in his latest projects. And don’t you love how silent Vanessa (she so classy) is and will always be.

  7. Leah says:

    Its nothing special for him. He has been engaged 4 times and married once. Just seems like he proposes to every girl he dates. Which makes it seem less special. He said that Vanessa didn’t want to get married if she did he would have been on his 6th engagement. Eyeroll.

    • alex says:

      Probably why they were together 14 years. I think he needs to know you’ll say yes.

    • LAK says:

      Was coming to say this too. The man proposes to every woman he is in a relationship with.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Yeah, which is why I don’t get why people are saying that he’s having a mid life crisis. I don’t know much about Johnny’s personal life, but I know a few things—sixteen or so years ago (or whenever he first got with Vanessa), he was that dude who was getting high, drunk, and trashing hotel rooms. He’s always had younger girlfriends, what’s notable about Amber is that she isn’t tiny and fae-like, like the rest of his exes, and he’s always proposed to them.

        I think Johnny is still hot, still an amazing actor, and really I don’t care about much past that. I did see ‘Rum Diaries’, and while the movie was BORING, they had amazing chemistry. So I can sorta see them together. If Amber stops with that bs ‘I’m an artiste’ sh-t, then I might like her more.

        Basically–he’s always been the same man that he was. I don’t get why people are freaking out over this–just like with Cumberbatch and the russian model. He’s still relatively low key, as he always was. We’ve seen three sets of pictures of him and Amber from last year—so it’s not like he’s suddenly calling the paps.

        Eh–I don’t particularly like or dislike the pairing, but who knows? They might pull a Brad and Angelina on us, and last longer than him and Vanessa. People were saying that they wouldn’t last longer than a few years……

      • Kelly says:

        @Virgilia: Agreed on everything!

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Yep. This exactly.

    • Sol says:

      He didn’t propose to Kate Moss and nor to Vanessa Paradis

      • Leah says:

        @Sol. Have to correct you.He was engaged to Kate and said in an interview that Vanessa did not want to get married but he would have married her in a heartbeat. Vanessa doesn’t believe in marriage.

      • Sol says:

        Kate Moss that’s not true. if you like you could check. But in every major magazine and sites has been mentioned how he didn’t propose to Kate Moss (specially in the latest reports) Kate didn’t have any ring coming from Depp. And about Vanessa it’s just speculation from your part. It was never reported. They never mentioned something about a proposal. Only that Vanessa wore a ring that Johnny gave to her after the birth of their first born, but according to her it wasn’t an engagement ring

      • Janie says:

        @Sol Incorrect. Depp said in an interview that Vanessa was the one that didn’t want to marry. That’s not speculation. Please use

  8. QQ says:

    Haha I hope he DOESN’T get a good prenup, this man is ridiculous

  9. Zigggy says:

    Ew, she was 13 when he got together with Vanessa.

  10. judyjudy says:

    I’m sad that my lifelong crush has turned into an embarrassing middle aged cliche.

  11. Shijel says:

    I recently found a picture of my granddad when he was younger and thought that it’s uncanny how much alike Johnny Depp he looked, and now that JD is aging, I can see it even more. My dad’s also morphing into a spitting image of JD/Gramps as he ages. It’s bizarre to witness.

    That said, JD what the shit, all of the women you’ve dated are free spirits; I take it as an evidence that you really are wading through middle-age crisis. It’s just… sad to witness.

  12. Jh says:

    “Scarfy coattails” made me laugh. The man does love his scarfs!

  13. Patricia says:

    Am I the only person who is happy for him, and for her for that matter? People break up, they find new love, and these two obviously feel in their hearts that marriage will be good for them. I’m happy for them!!!

    • Terry says:

      I am happy for him too. The anonymity of the internet allows people to show their nasty side because they fell confident they will not ever be held accountable.
      He is known as a nice person. When Depp was with Vanessa, people attacked her saying mean things about her looks and so on. Now that they split, people talk her up as if she is a saint and Depp is no good anymore. It was reported during the filming of the Tourist that Vanessa could be heard by the paparazzi screaming and yelling at Depp when she visited. Depp was never heard yelling back. It is obvious their relationship was not good for either of them.

      He did not go out and suddenly do a magazine cover shoot with his new love like Brad Pitt only to throw in his ex face his happiness. I don’t see why he is suppose to stay in an unhealthy relationship. Also, whether one likes it or not he has always dated very young. The difference is that one did not have the internet to worry about. Winonna, Kate, and Vanessa all were younger than Amber when they got together with him.

      • judyjudy says:

        I don’t think anyone has been nasty…maybe just disappointed. I agree that no one should stay in an unhealthy relationship, but show me a 50 year old man who leaves the mother of his children for another woman over 40 and maybe I won’t roll my eyes.

      • christina says:

        Did you ever think the reason why they where fighting is because Vanessa know Johnny was seeing Amber behind her back? Because “Rum Diary” was filmed before “The Tourist” .

        Know he and Amber where just hug up doring the promotion with his new love, that was so much that’s when the public started to think somthing was going on.

    • Alina says:

      i see nothing wrong with this relationship.
      His last relationship ended and now he has a new girlfriend. That´s life. What´s the big deal? Both are grown ups and seem to be happy. So why all the bs about midlife crisis and gold digger?

    • We Miss You Enclave_24 says:

      I’m happy for them as well.

      • cool says:

        I agree!No matter how long it will last I just want to say congratulations to them.If they didn’t want to be with each other they would have broken up long time ago because this relationship recieves nothing but hateful comments that damage their careers,especially Johnny’s.

  14. lylaooo says:

    she may “be in Hollywood” for a decade but as a person how like movies and tv shows (me) i don´t remember seen her doing something…i watched pineaple express and i dont rememeber her… sorry but she is not the kind of actress how get stock on people minds. so i think her best role is tie up Jonnhy and she play it very well so far

  15. Maya says:

    I don’t wish for anyone to break up but at the same time I wont be surprised if they didn’t last.

    Despite how hard Johnny tries to portray himself as a free spirit – he always seems to want normalcy. He did all of the crazy stuff with Kate Moss and Winona and then he grew up and matured and got together with Vanessa. Even now I don’t think this is a mid life crisis – just a simple case of being in lust or it could even be love – who knows?

  16. LAK says:

    The only good thing i can say about Johnny being a sell out as far as his career is concerned is at least he didn’t blow it Nic Cage style.

    Who remembers what an incredible actor Nic Cage is?

  17. Lala says:

    I would like they to marry just to come here and have a laugh with all these disproportionate reactions from his fans AHAHAHAHAHA!
    By the way, as far I know, you can marry for any reason that you want. And if he want to marry her because she is a free spirit or whatever, then go on with it

    Also I’m not surprised. It has been said HE WAS BORED WITH VANESSA. So, to marry the fun-young-free Amber sounds about right with his personality. As a personality, she sound much more interesting in the way that Winona (without the crazyness) or Kate (without the drug addiction), than the poor-saint of Vanessa and her joe le taxi.

    • Katie says:

      “Also I’m not surprised. It has been said HE WAS BORED WITH VANESSA.” As Amber may be the one who gets bored as the years go by……..ESP since she is such a free spirit and the age difference is substantial . Even wild and free ones like Jack Nicholson,Marlon Brando and Michael Douglas couldn’t conquer the aging process PLUS the consequences of “free” living. Like the song “Jack and Diane” says:OH YEAH…..LIFE GOES ON…long after the THRILL OF LIVING IS GONE.

  18. dorothy says:

    Free Spirit, as in 27 and young. Never thought I would see my ex-crush go down the path of youth over substance and family.

  19. Alina says:

    what´s with her finger in the third pic? Someone obviously tried to change something

  20. Miffy says:

    Loving the description of her ‘free spirited’ nature: She likes guns’n'cars. So free. So spirited.

  21. Lea says:

    So Vanessa P. who lived with him for 14 years and had kids with him outside of a marriage WASN’T a free spirit? I’d watch out for this one Johnny! Sounds like you may be one the tail end of what you dished out down the line.

    • No says:

      Vanessa not being a “free spirit” means she was a pain in the ass!
      Remember that in the reports after the split it’s said that she yelled at him all days and at the end, he didn’t even returned her telephone calls of how much they fought. And then he disappeared and he knew that when he returned a huge battle with Vanessa was coming.
      To me Vanessa seems more traditional. Maybe she wanted a man who went to work and returned to home at 18.00 hours every day and to have him watching football on TV in the weekends
      Not man who is traveling the world every two months and if she want to be with him, have to follow him. And she, obviously, didn’t want to follow Johnny (that’s why they spent too much time apart)

    • Well... says:

      Vanessa lives in both France and the United States!
      She is a French citizen, and therefore has to travel back and forth.
      Stop trying to make her out to be a bad mother. Was she a bad mother the last 14 years? No. She and Johnny broke up and she has been the one to make every concession when it comes to the children, so that they can live comfortably, happily, and have BOTH of their parents very much present in their lives.

      • Oustandingworldcitizen says:

        Thank you. WTF! And she is working actress. Mind you she might not do big budget films but I love V.P Remember the album Lenny produced and wrote. Again telling my damn age. :) If Johnny wants Amber b/c she seems like a challenge let him have it. I will not hold it against him on his work. But unfortunately I will never love him the same. He just seems so desperate.

      • magpie says:

        Yeah, any woman who dated Lenny and Johnny can’t be a stick in the mud. Vanessa is an icon in France and has been super famous since she was 14. She has her own money and was “free spirited” enough to reject marriage with Johnny.

  22. aquarius64 says:

    Kanye West’s “Golddigger”:

    The song that may be played at the wedding as the bride walks down the aisle or at the reception for the couple’s first dance.

  23. Kelly says:

    I’ve never liked ANY of the women he was with. Lets be honest, Vanessa wasn’t a super-talented, sublime successful genius either, she was 24, known in her homeland for singing lame pop songs and playing a sexual girly image in the media. Then she got knocked up by him and suddenly she’s this saint for basically having sex with him and birthing kids.
    Really, in retrospect she’s Amber part 1, it’s just that he was merely (lol) 10 years older than her so the difference wasn’t notable.
    And he was a raging alcoholic and occasional drug-user before Vanessa. I’m not denying his talent or skills, I love his work, but lets face it, he’s no picnic or saint either.
    This whole charade with Amber is just Johnny being Johnny, but alas he’s now too old and not in his prime to get away with it, the way he used to when he was in his 30s.
    Funnily enough, I don’t blame Amber in all of this. Girlfriend’s doing what any chick would do if given the chance. Yes her “special misunderstood artiste” act is annoying, but hell, if it rocks his boat, why not. Get that life investment honey.

    • Yeah–I listened to a few songs of Vanessa’s. She can’t sing. At all. Maybe it’s just the type of music, but I don’t like her voice. It’s weird and not in a good way. I have a French friend who lives near Marseilles, so I’ll ask her about Vanessa and try and see what her rep. is in France. I think most people in the US like her because she doesn’t play the publicity game in the US.

    • magpie says:

      Disagree, Vanessa was extremely successful in her home country and already dated hot dudes like Lenny Kravitz. She was already modeling for Chanel and other brands. Johnny did not help out her career. She may have gotten some exposure in the States but she put a lot on hold to raise her kids. Is she the best singer or actress? No. But she was one of the most successful in France.

  24. Talie says:

    Because of her beauty, I always thought she was a hair away from her big break, but sadly that never happened. She reminds me of someone like January Jones who also kicked around for a decade, but then ended up hitting big with Mad Men. That could still happen with Amber, but even January isn’t quite as much of a blank slate. Hell, even Margot Robbie isn’t.

  25. The Original G says:

    Oh, I think these May/ October relationships can be great. Both parties can get something great from them that enriches them. I’ve been in one myself. He needed a spring in his step and I needed to heal and trust. Unfortunately, I don’t think they make good marriages.

    There are exceptions but…..

    • Tikki says:

      As one guy put it these relationships are great as long as the older partner doesn’t get broke or sick. He said much younger women make one feel good for a while,but they can be lousy caretakers. They don’t want to stay home and nurse somebody they want to spend money and go out to party.

      • Tulip Garden says:

        Yeah, I agree with your friend. Also, I don’t blame the young girls. Lets face it both parties know what the deal is so don’t whine if you dont keep your end of the bargain. I just think its a shame when old/older men deceive themselves about what they and/or the young women are in it for.

  26. Verva says:

    Amber, is a free spirit? hahahahaha
    She’s a free bull shit!!!!!!!!!

  27. ParisPucker says:

    She just doesn’t seem as into him, does she? It’s sad to see Depp ‘lose it’ with his progressive loss at any fashion sense and clinging to a sweet tart who only is motivated in what he can do for her career…

  28. Cazzee says:

    Yeah…because free spirits always insist on a ring.

  29. Verva says:

    Ok, if Depp wants to live in Zombieland with this zombie, go ahead dude.
    But, mags, pleaaaaase, we are tired of Amber Heard. She makes me sick, she makes us sick

  30. LilyT says:

    “Free spirit” must be code for: “has to be given expensive jewelry before she’ll come near my wrinkly old man dong”

  31. patricia says:

    free spirit? she never proved that free spirit, perhaps in her dream. lol

  32. Eleonor says:

    Sooo all the original free artist young piece wanted was to get married, after 10 years in Hollywood that’s a quite original plan B…

  33. St says:

    She is not “hot young actress that came out of nowhere”. She dreams and hopes that dating with Depp will make her star and directors will come knocking. So did Justin Theorux. Didn’t happen for him. But her biggest problem is that she has very forgettable face. She is pretty and stuff. But you will see her in a movie and will not recognize. Johnny can ask his friends producers to do him favor and cast her in small supporting roles in few movies but that is it.

    She will be not casted in solid budget movies (around $60 millions) as lead actress. Never. Her biggest luck would be to land some “furniture girlfriend” role in some movie with big comic or something. But I doubt that this will happed. She did had “girlfriend” role in Paranoia. She can’t deliver. Sienna Miller had the same problem with ordinary and forgettable face. Remember how they tried to push her? And then she just vanished.

    You Amber know reminds me Blake Lively. We all remember how someone decided that Blake is Next Big Thing. They hyped her with all the effort they could, she showed up at every Hollywood event, was even cast as “girlfriend” in Green Lantern. And then nothing happened. Her career as young and hot new actress died.

  34. Snappyfish says:

    All of his previous woman have been uber waifs, Winona, Kate, Vanessa. So he has traded in the waif for the significantly younger vapid girl. They should be interesting to watch.

  35. Kosmos says:

    Kate Moss was definitely a “free spirit,” too, but they fought and it seemed like a traumatic relationship. That was a long time ago, however. I’m sure Johnny is smitten with this woman, for the moment, but we’ll see if it lasts. She does have her good looks, and now she has Johnny, but she just isn’t a particularly good actress, so she might not be that successful in the film-making world. However, I guess she won’t have to worry so much about making a living if and when she marries him.

  36. DianeP says:

    Oh Johnny. Just not seein’ it…

  37. aasf says:

    I only liked him with Winona. The way he looked at her. That is the only time I found him sexy. This has completely ruined my image of him.

  38. shellybean says:

    The age gap between them is more than the age gap between me and my parents. It’s kind of gross. His blonde hair is absolutely effing gross, blah!

  39. Blackbetty says:

    Well she can’t act, so needs ring from Johnny to stay relevant Lol

  40. Observer says:

    He acted so strange at the Golden Globes when he was presenting

  41. Daff says:

    LOL @ “scarfy coattails”!!!!!