Johnny Depp looks profoundly unwell in the Rome stop of his band’s tour

Johnny Depp arriving at the Hotel Eden

In June, some photos of Johnny Depp in Russia popped up on social media. People were taken aback by his new look, which involved visible weight loss and just an all-around unhealthy vibe. Maybe it’s just part of the natural ageing process. Or maybe Johnny Depp really is in a bad place. The photos in this post just came up at the photo agencies – Depp arriving at his hotel in Rome. He’s still touring with his cover band, The Hollywood Vampires. Something tells me that the tour involves a lot of unsavory habits. He looks like he’s lost even more weight. He looks like he barely knows where he is.

After I read Rolling Stone’s interview with Depp, I came away feeling… freaked out, mostly. It’s clear that he was being taken advantage of by many, many people, most of them in his own family. It’s also clear that the people around him are either sycophants or shady Russian-mobster-adjacents who are likely just enabling him as long as they can bleed him dry even further. I don’t know if I should feel sympathetic towards him though – here was a man who wasted more than $400 million of his fortune on dumb sh-t. Here is a man in the throes of addiction. Here is a man who verbally and physically abused his ex-wife, then had his goons and yes-men publicly gaslight her. It’s sad, but it’s also… just unsettling.

Johnny Depp arriving at the Hotel Eden

Johnny Depp arriving at the Hotel Eden

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. CityGirl says:

    That header photo is shocking

    • minx says:


    • Ardnamurchan says:

      I’m trying – and failing – to imagine Depp without all the scarves and bebows and bobbits; without his elaborate pantomime costume.
      What’s left? Who is he?
      Does he even know any more?

    • Franklymydear... says:

      He looks like a living skeleton. Dude needs some help.

  2. bma says:

    i have a hard time separating the addiction behavior from the abusive behavior in his case. mostly bc all the wheels seemed to come off at the same time. up to his split with vanessa, he was not known as this type of person (granted she may have been protecting him but i’m not sure he would have been capable of protecting himself from himself).

    • Bridget says:

      I take it that you forgot about the hotel trashing incidents? Realistically, we don’t know what he was like with Vanessa.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Umm no, he’s always been a violent and abusive douche. He got sacked from 21 Jump Street for punching a director, he used to turn up to the set drunk/high/late, he trashed a hotel room when with Kate Moss, he has punched several photographers over the years……

      It all got whitewashed when he career was revived by Tim Burton which made him a big, bankable star. If it wasn’t for Burton, Depp would have faded into obscurity as no one would hire him after his well publicised behaviour on 21 Jump St. – something that he has admitted to.

      • Bettyrose says:

        Uuuuugh. And he always bad mouthed the show, like it was beneath him as an artist. Even 12 year old me who lusted hard for his character found that annoying. (Whatever happened to Richard Grieco?)

    • hindulovegod says:

      He was definitely known as this type of person. Let’s not forget the deaths of Anthony Fox and River Phoenix. Depp has always been a violent addict involved with gangsters.

    • bma says:

      i stand corrected. the hotel/winona/21 jump street stuff was before my time…still it seemed like he cleaned up with Vanessa (again– quite possible he never did and they just protected the image). once the wheels came off that relationship, the wheels came off his rehabilitated public image as well.

  3. Amelie says:

    Is his arm in a sling? I can’t tell from these pictures. It is so sad to see him like this. He is (was) a genuinely talented actor and then I feel after Pirates, he just kept redoing the same role over and over: overacting Gothic-y characters with a ton of makeup with a few other more character driven roles in between. I don’t know if it’s because he got taken advantage of due to his wealth but drugs/alcohol (whatever his poison is) clearly have changed him. It is so sad to see this because I remember him when he was healthy and seemed decent. I think there’s a lot Vanessa Paradis hasn’t said due to the fact she shares children with him.

    • tealily says:

      I think he just has one fancy sleeve for some reason.

    • sara says:

      Well, there was Finding Neverland which I think came after the first Pirates. Such a beautiful movie and he was so so wonderful in it. He was truly my most favorite actor for many years. He seemed to have his shiz together with Vanessa but they were very private so who knows.

  4. Maum says:

    My god.

    He looks revolting and scary.

  5. May says:

    Mmm I saw a few pictures taken at another concert in Italy, I thought he looked rather well.
    Here’s the link, if anybody wants to check them out:

    • Sayrah says:

      If those you linked are recent I’m inclined to think the header here is just a bad shot. Maybe he was inhaling a cigarette so it made his cheeks do that. Still he looks different. And seems to need to be escorted in two of these pics. I don’t think he’s well but maybe just not as horrifying as he first looked.

    • Apalapa says:

      I clicked through and still think he looks like a busted Keith Richards?

    • Jamie42 says:

      Thanks for the link. He looks good there only in comparison to the header photo of this article, however.

    • tealily says:

      Yeah he definitely looks thinner, but I can’t tell with all the makeup and accoutrement if he’s, like, sickly gaunt or if maybe he’s just lost some of the bloat he’s been carrying for quite a while.

    • Aren says:

      He does look better, and happier.
      I wasn’t ready for Alice Cooper’s tight pants though.

  6. Weatherby says:

    This rapid decomposing is very sad to see. I fear the worst is yet to come.

    …if he or someone who loves him doesn’t do something, he may not be alive in a year.

  7. Jane says:

    Geez, if that first picture doesn’t have him channeling Keith Richard to the hilt. He has shown that vibe before, but this is scary-similar. He is really in bad shape.

  8. LT says:

    I watched the first Pirates movie last week with my kids and it made me sad. Whatever demons he has, they seem to have taken him over.

  9. Natalia says:

    It must be so hard, so frustratung, so painful to stand by and watch this happen. If Sheryl and Alice Cooper cant get him to help himself, no one can.

  10. Jamie says:

    Meh, I don’t feel sorry for him. He’s said on more than one occasion that Hunter S. Thompson and Marlon Brando were his role models. Look how they turned out, in the end. There’s no way he could’ve gone into that lifestyle without his eyes wide open. So when the ignominious end comes for Depp, just know that it’s what he chose.

  11. Mia4s says:

    “ then had his goons and yes-men publicly gaslight her”

    You forgot to include “his fans” who are more than willing to back up the attacks even though they’ve never met Depp and most never will, but they KNOW because he’s “sensitive” and an “artist” and they are Johnny’s TRUE fans. 🙄 Pathetic.

    • Betsy says:

      I liked Johnny, more or less, in the 90s. It surprises and amuses me that he has these true blue fans who think he’s a sensitive artiste.

      It saddens me that they excuse reprehensible behavior.

      • Mia4s says:

        I liked him too! Very much. But I live by Maya Angelou’s edict: when someone shows you who they are, believe them. Even stars I adore today I realize are mostly just PR illusions. I completely realize that. It can be very sad when truth starts to intrude on fantasy…but I’m a grown up. That’s life.

      • tealily says:

        Exactly, Mia4. I loved him so, so much at one time, but obviously I don’t know the guy. He’s shown himself to be a dirtbag and I believe him. Even if you didn’t believe a single allegation against him, his public statements have been petty af. Who are these people still defending him??

  12. Annie says:

    The only thing that makes me sad is that whenever he talked about going sober and having a family he looked back at how he used to be and described behavior similar to this. He was fine when he was with Vanessa and the kids were little. That’s the last time he looked handsome and happy. I don’t know what happened to him for him to relapse so intensely and it’s sad that this how he will most likely end up (I don’t see a recovery any time soon, and forgive me if this is too dark, but I see an OD instead). It saddens me that he left his family for another woman, abused that woman allegedly and blew all his money and is now this pathetic Ozzy Osbourne type. Like Keith Richards, his idol, was never THIS messy. Johnny is just a sad, sad man. And he did this to himself. He has all the resources in the world to get better but he doesn’t want to get better.

    I was just reading abour Simon Pegg’s alcoholism and he said “it is not rock and roll. It’s pathetic.” I bet Johnny thinks it’s Rock and roll and whoever still thinks Amber is lying is clearly ignoring Johnny’s behavior and what a hell it is to live with a violent drunk.

    • tealily says:

      I was about to suggest it had something to do with his mother’s death, but did a quick google and realized that happened after his marriage broke up. But dang, that’s a lot of stuff to go down all at once. I feel for the guy, but he’s made horrible decisions and behaves like fiend.

  13. Annabelle says:

    He looks like he stinks of sweat, booze and cigarettes.

  14. Apalapa says:

    One reason why recovery from substance use disorder is so hard is that you can lose a lot of weight very fast because either you are not eating or the substance prevents your body from absorbing what you do eat.
    So when you enter recovery and start trying to move on, not only do you have to deal with life again, but your body boats up, your face gets really fat and everyone gives you sh*t for looking unhealthy when unfortunately looking puffy from eating again and undoing the malnourishmemt is a necessary bump in the road on the path to recovery.

    The huge round face and bloated tummy and overall weight gain when you enter recovery happened to Whitney Houston, Elvis, Natasha Lyonne after American Pie, Ben Affleck, and many others. And society savaged them for it

    Looking at Johnny’s face he has got a long recovery ahead of him and hopefully cuts off enablers.

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks for explaining this. I thought it was bloat from drinking a ton. I’ll be more mindful of my comments from now on.

  15. Yawn says:

    Johnny just got sued by yet another person, the dude who he punched on the set of the Biggie detective movie… this guys is spiraling the drain now… so upsetting

  16. phlyfiremama says:


  17. Case says:

    Johnny was my favorite actor for a long, long time. I used to think he was such a wonderful man. He had the kindest, most expressive eyes. Since addiction has taken him over, his eyes just look dead. It makes me so sad that someone I used to admire so much has gone down such a dark path.

  18. Jaded says:

    He looks like my long-departed sister did before she died of alcoholism and eating disorders. Dude has less than a year to live if he keeps this sh*t up.

  19. Spike says:

    Somewhere Keith Richards is saying – “Wow Johnny looks bad. Is he ill?”

  20. SympathyRage says:

    He is gaunt because he probably stopped drinking. He has spent the last 8 years bloated like a blister from all the alcohol. Now he is sober and has revealed his true form.

  21. KiddV says:

    Where did that hair come from? Wasn’t the sides of his head shaved in the last photos we saw?

    Alice Cooper and Joe Perry are both sober, I would bet Johnny isn’t partying as hard as he usually does, if at all right now. I don’t think AC and JP would put up with it. JD is easily replaceable. And I don’t think JD looks that bad. He looks old but far less bloated.

  22. D says:

    From someone who used to adore him and every word that your boat out of his mouth it’s also completely heartbreaking and has been for years, but this is the worst I thought the thing with Amber was the worst but this is just beyond. He looks like some of the people I know my age have turned up drug out on homeless and I just keep praying for turn around like Robert Downey Junior

  23. Sarphati says:

    It it sad to say but I think we are seeing the last of Johnny Depp. He looks and acts like someone who just doesn’t care about life and living anymore.

  24. Fifi says:

    I want him and his annoying daughter to go away. Lily annoys the crap out of me. She seems quietly full of herself. Entitled. Nothing likeable about her personality because she seems too cool and above you. Ugh.