Lily-Rose Depp has defended her decision to remain silent during the libel trial involving her father Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.
In a candid interview with Elle, The rising star actress explained why she decided to stay away from all the drama and not comment directly on the case that took place in Fairfax County, Virginia earlier this year.
“When it’s something that’s so private and so personal that it suddenly becomes not so personal… I really feel entitled to my secret garden of thoughts,” said the model and actress, who will star in the upcoming HBO series The idol. in the cover story of the publication.
Her take: Lily-Rose Depp, 23, has defended her decision to remain silent and not comment on the libel trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard earlier this year.
Addressing her silence, the 23-year-old native of Neuilly-sur-Seine, France stated that she wants to be judged on her own merits and not by the men in her life, be it her famous father or boyfriends in her life.
“I also believe that I’m not here to vouch for anyone, and I feel like for much of my career, people have really wanted to define me by the men in my life, whether it’s my family members or my boyfriends, whatever.” . .’
Sounding confident and somewhat defiant at the same time, she added: “And I’m really ready to be defined by the things I post.”
Johnny Depp began dating Amber Heard following his announcement that he had split from Lily-Rose’s mother, Vanessa Paradis, in June 2012 after being together for more than 14 years.
Depp and Heard’s union would only last about a year and a half, ending with Heard’s filing for divorce in May 2016. During that filing, she obtained a temporary restraining order against the A-list actor, alleging that he had been verbally and physically abusive throughout your relationship, usually under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Staying neutral: “When it’s something that’s so private and so personal that it suddenly becomes not so personal… I really feel entitled to my secret garden of thoughts,” the rising star actress said of the Depp V trial Heard that it happened from April to June
His own wife: ‘I also believe that I’m not here to vouch for anyone, and I feel like for much of my career, people have really wanted to define me by the men in my life, whether they’re family members or my boyfriends, which whatever,’ said Lily-Rose to Elle; she is pictured with her famous father in an Instagram post from years past
After denying Heard’s claims of abuse, a settlement was reached and the divorce was finalized in January 2017.
Heard also dismissed the restraining order, with the former couple releasing a joint statement saying their “relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.”
Nearly two years later, Heard wrote an op-ed that was published by the Washington Post in December 2018 titled “Amber Heard: I spoke out against sexual violence and faced our culture’s wrath.” That has to change.
In the article, Heard stated: “Then, two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse and felt the full force of our culture’s anger at women who speak out. … I had the rare advantage of seeing, in real time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse.’
Although he never identified Depp by name, the Pirates of the Caribbean star maintained that Heard caused further damage to his reputation and career and filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit. Heard retaliated by filing a countersuit seeking $100 million in damages.
His trial ended from April to June, and Heard was found guilty on all three libel claims.
Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages from Heard, though the court reduced the punitive damages to $350,000 due to a cap imposed by Virginia state law. They also ruled that Depp’s former attorney, Adam Waldman, had defamed Heard by falsely claiming that she and her friends “roughed up” Depp’s penthouse as part of a hoax and awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages but zero dollars in punitive damages. .
Libel suit: In the aftermath of Heard’s op-ed published in the Washington Post in December 2018, Johnny Depp filed a $50 million libel lawsuit alleging that she caused further damage to his reputation and career; he is pictured in court in Fairfax, Virginia in April 2022
Trial outcome: Heard was found guilty on all three defamation claims and ordered to pay $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, though the court reduced the punitive damages to $350,000 due to a cap imposed by the Virginia state law.
Evidence presented during the trial, which made headlines around the world, showed that Heard and Lily-Rose appeared to have a close relationship.
Her decision not to comment on her trial was criticized by many on social media, but also defended by many fans at the time.
While The Dancer star continued to avoid taking sides in the lawsuit in the Elle interview, Lily-Rose explained her childhood and what it was like being raised by a superstar dad and mom, who has been a huge star in her own right as a model. , singer and actress in her native France.
“I know my childhood was not like everyone’s childhood, and it’s a very particular thing to deal with, but it’s also the only thing I know,” he explained.
‘My parents protected my brother, [Jack], and I from him as much as possible. I was raised in a way that taught me that privacy is something that is important to protect.
He also addressed critics who say his career is a product, in part, of nepotism.
“People are going to have preconceptions about you or how you got there, and I can definitely say that nothing is going to get you the part except being right for the part,” he said, adding: “The internet cares a lot.” more about who your family is than about the people who are throwing you into things. Maybe you get your foot in the door, but you still have your foot in the door. There’s a lot of work that comes after that.
Superstar Parents: Lily-Rose also shared what it was like being raised by her superstar father and mother, who is a huge star in her own right as a model, singer and actress in her native France; the former couple, who separated in 2012, appears in 1999