His past has been filled with significant issues that he has had to overcome. In particular, his challenging childhood. Despite the odds stacked against him, Depp became a superstar…
Johnny Depp's life has all the ups and downs that would make for an intense and fascinating Hollywood film. But this is his reality. His childhood was far from perfect; interestingly, most fans only learned about it recently.
Later in Depp's life, he made headlines for unpleasant reasons due to . The former couple had a tumultuous relationship that ended in divorce in 2016. In 2022, they took part in a widely publicized defamation trial. The results were largely in Depp's favor, and he also won the court of public opinion as many fans had their faith in him restored.
But the trial also revealed . When taking the stand, Depp spoke about what it was like growing up in a home full of turmoil.
"In our house we were never exposed to any type of safety or security, the only thing to do was stay out of the line of fire," he said, according to Daily Mail. "My mother was quite unpredictable. She had the ability to be as cruel as anyone can be with all of us. I had a very interesting childhood. One that I thought was normal until a certain age."
Depp was born in Kentucky on June 9, 1963. He is one of four siblings born to his mother, Betty Sue Palmer, and father, John Christopher Depp. The family often moved when he was growing up, and his mother instigated the moves. He revealed he was always the new kid, which was incredibly tough on him. Not only this, but his mother was unpredictable and, at times, cruel with her treatment of her children. She would wear them down with her insults, which took their toll emotionally and psychologically. His father was also not spared from Palmer's behavior.
If this was not enough to deal with, when Depp turned 15, his father left the home. This sent his mother into a deep depression.
Around this time, Depp was also experimenting with substances, and according to Daily Mail, he dropped out of school in 1979 when he was 16 years old. The reason? He wanted to make it big as a musician and had formed a band called The Kids.
The band was getting attention from bigger, more successful ones, but they had not yet experienced a breakthrough success; financially, Johnny Depp was having a hard time. The publication claims he lived out of his car for several months and sold pens for a telemarketing company.
The actor moved from Florida to Los Angeles with his bandmates and his new wife, Lori Anne Allison, who he married at just 20. As luck would have it, he met Nicolas Cage, who, according to Nicki Swift, encouraged him to start acting as a side gig to make extra cash. He sort of got into the entertainment industry by accident.
Depp's marriage did not last, but he would go on to . "It was absolutely like nothing before," he said of his relationship with Ryder, The Mirror reports. "We hung out the whole day... and night, and we've been hanging out ever since. I love her more than anything in the whole world." The publication also reports that Depp previously claimed to love Ryder so much, adding, "I love her. I love her almost more than I love myself." Their relationship was beautiful and filled with love, but it ended in 1993, leaving Depp heartbroken.
that director Tim Burton reportedly said he would come to work in tears. Burton reportedly said of Depp: "I felt so bad. I asked him why it happened, but all he said was, 'It wasn't her fault. It was mine.'"
Even after making it and starring in hugely successful films, Johnny Depp found himself at a point in his life where he once again struggled with finances. In 2018, he gave an interview about this to Rolling Stone, who noted that he was suing The Management Group and his brother Robert "for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud." Of course, Depp also indulged and made some big purchases once he started to earn well.
When asked if he remembers the first big purchase he made after getting money, he told the publication it had been a house for his mother— a small horse farm, to be exact. This is despite the treatment he received from her as a child.
Reflecting on his childhood, he once again shared a glimpse into the darkness that he had experienced. "Yeah, there were irrational beatings," he explained. "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.'"
As of 2022, Depp does appear to be making a comeback of sorts, and he appeared in his element when he was . Does this mean things are looking up for Depp, and can he expect an easier road ahead? Only time will tell.