Johnny Depp's love life: Wives, fiancees, baby mama – A timeline of the actor's relationships


Johnny Depp has racked up more former fiancees than Academy Award nominations. Photo: AFP

Johnny Depp’s relationships have always made headlines.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean star, 59, is now reportedly dating Joelle Rich, one of the lawyers who represented him in his 2020 libel case against British paper, The Sun.

Depp’s personal life has been a fixture on the internet throughout the year, thanks to his and Heard’s defamation suit – which he won – but for those who might need reminding of who else he’s dated, here’s a look at Depp’s love life.


Lori Anne Allison: Depp’s trainwreck of a marriage to Amber Heard, 36, wasn’t his first go-round with matrimony. He was 20 when he tied the knot with makeup artist Lori Anne Allison. They divorced in 1985, after which, Depp’s personal life involved a handful of fellow actors.

Amber Heard: Depp’s second, and far more notorious trip down the aisle, was to Heard. He and Heard in 2015 said “I do”, in a union that lasted just 15 months – though the resulting defamation trial, which spanned six weeks earlier this year, felt longer.

The former couple, who met on the set of The Rum Diary, was engaged in a vicious defamation trial stemming from Heard’s 2018 Washington Post op-ed, in which she referred to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse”.

Depp, who sued for US$50mil, was ordered to pay his ex-wife US$2mil for her US$100mil counterclaim. Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10.35mil.


Depp has racked up more former fiancees than Academy Award nominations – which he earned for his starring roles in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, Finding Neverland and the first Pirates Of The Caribbean.

Sherilyn Fenn: Depp and 57-year-old Fenn, known for her roles in Twin Peaks and S.W.A.T., were an item from 1985 to 1988, during which time they were reportedly engaged.

Jennifer Grey: Just after splitting from fiance and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off co-star Matthew Broderick, the Dirty Dancing actress, 62, and Depp started dating in 1989. They were engaged within two weeks and single within nine months.

Winona Ryder: Perhaps his most well-known relationship, pre-Heard at least, thanks to Depp’s “Winona Forever” tattoo, the Edward Scissorhands co-stars were engaged from 1990 to 1993. That infamous tattoo was later changed to ”Wino Forever”.

Kate Moss: The following year, Depp and the supermodel, 48, became a couple and were together until 1998. She testified during this year’s defamation trial that, contrary to rumors, the actor “never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down any stairs”.

Baby mama

Depp and French singer and model Vanessa Paradis went their separate ways in 2012, after 14 years together. The former couple shares daughter, model Lily-Rose Depp, 23, and son Jack Depp, 20.

Honourable mentions

Juliette Lewis: Depp and the Oscar-nominated Cape Fear actress, 49, met on the set of 1993's What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? just after her relationship with Brad Pitt and were together for a short time.

Ellen Barkin: Depp in 1994 dated the Bronx-born Emmy winner, 68, who during his defamation trial testified that the former was a controlling partner. – New York Daily News/Tribune News Service

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