HOLLYWOOD: Johnny Depp has taken a look back at the time everything in his life came crashing down at once.
On Friday, January 13, 2017 when the star simultaneously finalised his divorce from Amber Heard – a turbulent split that had dominated the headlines for the second half of 2016 – and filed a $25 million lawsuit against his business managers, blaming them for his $40 million debt and alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation, wrongful foreclosure and a breach of fiduciary duty.
The Mandel Company fired back in a cross-complaint, stating in court documents, “TMG did everything within its power over the last 17 years to protect Depp from himself and to keep Depp financially solvent…However, ultimately TMG did not have the power or ability to control Depp’s spending or his numerous other vices, or to force Depp to make wiser financial decisions.”
At that point, the star’s problems romantically had been a main topic of public conversation for months, beginning with Heard’s initial divorce filing in May 2016. Behind the scenes, his money problems had already been mounting and he fired TMG two months earlier in March 2016. The Oscar nominee was in the midst of a serious low point as it all fell apart.
“I was as low as I believe I could have gotten,” he told Rolling Stone in an in-depth, wide-ranging interview. “The next step was, ‘You’re going to arrive somewhere with your eyes open and you’re going to leave there with your eyes closed.’ I couldn’t take the pain every day.”
Discussion of Depp’s divorce did not go beyond there due to the mutual nondisclosure agreements he and Heard signed.
To cope, the star told the magazine he went on tour with the Hollywood Vampires. Depp also said he began writing a memoir.
“I poured myself a vodka in the morning and started writing until the tears filled my eyes and I couldn’t see the page anymore,” he described his writing routine, manual typewriter included. “I kept trying to figure out what I’d done to deserve this.”
As he continued to the magazine, “I’d tried being kind to everyone, helping everyone, being truthful to everyone…The truth is most important to me. And all this still happened.”