Johnny Depp has spent most of his life in the public eye.
Actor who first became famous with The movie 21 street jumps in 1987, before turning to a successful career in Hollywood in films like But the pirate of the Caribbean, Donnie Brasco and Fear and disgust in Las Vegas.
However, in recent years, Depp has been embroiled in controversy and is now fighting in court with his ex-wife Amber Heard over allegations she smeared him.
During the course of the trial, Depp talked about his childhood and turbulent relationship with his parents.
Depp was born in Owensburg, Kentucky on June 9, 1963, the youngest of four children. His parents were Betty Sue Wells, a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.
During his early life, the Depp family moved frequently, after which the actor told Oprah Winfrey he moved “maybe 40 times” before he was 15.
“My mom likes to move around a lot,” he said. “Once we moved from one house to the next.”
When Depp was about seven years old, the family moved to South Florida.
Depp has described the lifestyle as “normal” for him and his siblings, adding: “we don’t know of anything else.”
In 1997, he recalled Hi! Journal that when he was 12, his parents were “always fighting,” and that he had “almost no contact with the outside world.”
“As soon as I got my hands on the guitar, I locked myself in my room every day after school and did nothing but play until I fell asleep,” he says.
In 1978, when Depp was 15 years old, his parents divorced. Betty Sue remarried to a man named Robert Palmer, whom Depp would later describe USA Today is a “really great guy” who has been “in prison for about half a person’s life”.
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Depp left for California in 1983 to pursue a career in music, eventually turning to acting on the advice of young Nicolas Cage.
During the ongoing legal battle with Amber Heard, Depp has spoken out about his childhood, alleging that he and his siblings were abused at the hands of his mother.
“[Depp’s mother] capable of being as ruthless as anyone,” he said, noting that this also affected his siblings and father. “She’s pretty violent and she’s pretty ruthless.”
Describing her mother’s violent behavior, Depp said “an ashtray” could be “thrown at you”, and claimed she would hit her child on the head and sometimes use “high heels”. or phone or whatever comes in handy.”
The actor stated that the family was in shock and that his siblings would shield themselves when their mother passed by because they “didn’t know what was going to happen”.
Meanwhile, he describes his father as “kind”, “shy” and “stoic”. In court testimony it was also alleged that Depp’s father once hit him with a belt on his mother’s orders.
After Depp’s father left the family, his mother then fell into a “deep and dark depression”, in Depp’s words, the actor claimed that she survived one attempt. committed suicide while he was a teenager.
Betty Sue Palmer passed away in 2016 after a long illness.
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