Lily-Rose Depp defended her choice to remain silent during the defamation lawsuit 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 avoid all the drama and not directly comment on the case held earlier this year in Fairfax County, Virginia.
“When it’s something that’s so private and so personal that all of a sudden it doesn’t become so personal… I feel like I’m really entitled to my secret garden of thoughts,” said the model and actress, who plays the lead role. will star in HBO’s upcoming series The Idol. in the cover story of the publication.
Her take: Lily-Rose Depp, 23, defended her decision to remain silent and not comment on the defamation lawsuit against Johnny Depp and Amber Heard earlier this year
While addressing her silence, 23-year-old 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 think I’m not here to be accountable to anyone, and I feel like for much of my career, people really wanted to define me by the men in my life, whether that’s my relatives or my boyfriends.” be, whatever. .’
Sounding confident and slightly defiant at the same time, she added, “And I’m really ready to be defined for the things I put out there.”
Johnny Depp started dating Amber Heard after announcing that he had split from Lily-Rose’s mother, Vanessa Paradis, in June 2012 after being an item for over 14 years.
The union between Depp and Heard would only last about a year and a half, ending when Heard filed for divorce in May 2016. During that filing, she obtained a temporary restraining order against the A-list actor, claiming he and physical abuse during their relationship, usually while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Staying neutral: “When it’s something so private and so personal that suddenly it doesn’t become so personal… I feel like I’m really entitled to my secret garden of thoughts,” the rising star actress said of the Depp V. Heard trial that went April-June
Her own wife: “I also think I’m not here to be accountable to anyone, and I feel like for much of my career, people really wanted to define me by the men in my life, whether that be my being relatives or my boyfriends, whatever,” Lily-Rose said to Elle; she’s pictured with her famous dad in an Instagram post from years ago
After denying Heard’s allegations of abuse, a settlement was reached and the divorce was finalized in January 2017.
Heard would also deny the restraining order, and the former couple released a joint statement saying their “relationship was intensely passionate and at times fleeting, but always bound by love.”
Nearly two years later, Heard wrote an op-ed published by the Washington Post in December 2018 titled “Amber Heard: I Speak Out Against Sexual Assault — Facing Our Culture’s Wrath. That has to change.’
In the article, Heard stated, “Two years ago I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full force of our culture’s anger at women who speak out. … I had the rare vantage point of seeing in real time how institutions protect men accused of abuse.”
While Depp was never mentioned by name, the Pirates Of The Caribbean star alleged that Heard inflicted further damage on his reputation and career, filing a $50 million defamation lawsuit. Heard continued to retaliate by filing a counter-suit and seeking $100 million in damages.
Their trial eventually ran from April to June, with Heard found guilty of all three defamation claims.
Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages from Heard, though the court lowered the punitive damages to $350,000 due to a limit imposed by Virginia state law. They also ruled that Depp’s former attorney, Adam Waldman, defamed Heard by falsely claiming that she and her friends “roughened” Depp’s penthouse as part of a hoax, and awarded Heard $2 million in damages but zero dollars in punitive damages. compensation was awarded.
Defamation lawsuit: In the wake of Heard’s op-ed published in the Washington Post in December 2018, Johnny Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit claiming she had inflicted further damage on his reputation and career; he is pictured in court in Fairfax, Virginia in April 2022
Trial Result: Heard was found guilty of all three defamation claims and ordered to pay $10 million in punitive damages and $5 million in punitive damages, though the court reduced punitive damages to $350,000 due to a limit imposed by Virginia state law
Evidence presented at 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 their trial was criticized by many on social media, but she also had many fans defending her at the time.
While The Dancer star continued to avoid partying in the process in the Elle interview, Lily-Rose delved deeper into her childhood and what it was like to be raised by a superstar mom and dad, who has been a huge star in her own right as a model, singer and actress in her native France.
“I know my childhood wasn’t like everyone’s childhood, and it’s a very special thing to deal with, but it’s also the only thing I know,” she explained.
‘My parents protected my brother, [Jack], and I get rid of it as much as possible. I was just brought up in a way that taught me that privacy is important to protect.”
She also addressed critics who argue that her career is in part the product of nepotism.
“People will have preconceived notions about you or how you got there, and I can say for sure that nothing will get you the role except you’re right for the role,” she said, adding, “The internet cares a lot about more about who your family is than about the people who throw you into things. Maybe you have your foot in the door, but you still just have your foot in the door. After that there will be a lot of work.’
Superstar Parents: Lily-Rose also shared what it was like to be raised by her superstar father and her mother, who is a huge star in her own right as a model, singer and actress in her native France; the former couple, who split in 2012, are pictured in 1999