Unearthed Divorce Documents Prove Johnny Depp’s “Mean” Mother “Abandoned” Him

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Johnny Depp is known for a wide variety of films. From his iconic role of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean to Alice in Wonderland, Edward Scissorhands, and countless more, the Hollywood star is widely known and incredibly popular.

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Recently, Johnny Depp has been in some hot water when it comes to the media after his legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard went mainstream. Heard has accused Depp of domestic violence and is suing for $100 million, and Depp is countering her suit with a defamation cost of $50 million. The two will not have their official court case until next spring, but Depp has lost a defamation battle against U.K. tabloid The Sun, who sided with Heard’s description of Depp.

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Because of the ongoing legal battle, we are seeing a lot of details about both parties unearthed. Now, it is being reported that Depp was abandoned by his “mean” mother when he was a teenager, according to divorce documents that have come to light due to the trial.

In 1981 court papers, which until now had been buried in court archives, between Betty Sue Depp and the actor’s father John Depp — who divorced in 1978 when he was 15 — it is claimed her son was “emancipated and self-supporting”.

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Paul Barresi uncovered the documents while researching the new Discovery+ series Johnny Depp v Amber Heard.

Barresi said:

“He said since age 11, he’s taken all manner of substances, including marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, prescription painkillers, opiates and magic mushrooms. His drug use, he said, was a way to escape family problems. He struggled to find gigs in a garage band and peddled ink pens working part-time as a telemarketer. Needless to say, at age 17, Johnny was hardly financially self-sufficient, and far from being emancipated. As far as I am concerned, his mother disowned him at a time when he unquestionably needed her most.”

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In past interviews, Depp has spoken out on his mother and her ways of discipline, stating, “Yeah, there were irrational beatings,” Depp said, “Maybe it’s an ashtray coming your way. Maybe you’re gonna get clunked with the phone. It was a ghost house — no one talked. I don’t think there ever was a way I thought about people, especially women, other than ‘I can fix them.’”

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If anything, Depp’s tough childhood has only continued to bleed into his Hollywood career. Due to the legal battle, Depp has claimed to be “boycotted” by Hollywood after being booted by both Disney and Warner Bros. Removing Depp from Pirates of the Caribbean film caused instant outrage among fans, who have to singe heavily petitioned to bring the actor back. There have been talks of Depp teaming up with friend and film creator Tim Burton, as well as smaller studio productions. Still, not much more has been said at this point in time.

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