The trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is currently keeping Hollywood in suspense. In the midst of revelations, allegations and dramatic testimonies, the truth about the broken marriage of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s parents has now come to light. What the actor tells about his childhood sounds just as shocking as it is traumatic. The American has to repeatedly answer questions from the “Circuit Court” in Virginia. In his parents’ relationship, Johnny was a witness and victim of abuse for a total of 15 years.

The actor testified that his parents’ marriage was characterized by constant verbal and physical abuse: “My mother was unpredictable and cruel. There was never any kind of safety and security in our home. There was constant violence. And there was a lot of abuse. We just had to endure the pain,” says Johnny. He also described how his mother Betty Sue Palmer (†) beat him with an ashtray or a telephone. According to Amber Heard’s ex-husband, however, not only he and his siblings were victims of the violence, but above all his father John Christopher Depp.

This was due to the fact that he and his siblings had tried to “keep out of the line of fire”. The mime also remembers: “I kept asking myself why he put up with it. Why didn’t he leave her?” When Johnny was 15, his father finally disappeared from the family home forever: “I didn’t realize it. He went to work in the morning, got in his car and drove away. When my mom got home, she ran into his bedroom, opened his closet door and all his stuff was gone,” said Johnny Depp.

After that, his mother fell into a deep hole, until the sad climax of the actor’s dramatic childhood came: “One day I saw her in the living room. She crawled around, saliva running out of her mouth. Paramedics came and took her to the hospital. She had swallowed pills and tried to commit suicide. When she returned home, the depression was so deep that she was at the end. That shook me deeply,” said the 58-year-old.

Betty Sue Palmer eventually passed away in 2016. Although she had been abusive to the entire family for many years, mother and son were reconciled before she died. During her final days in the hospital, Betty Sue (†) was also visited by Johnny Depp’s children, Lily-Rose and Jack. The actor explains, “I made peace with her because I understood where she came from and how difficult her own childhood was. I forgave her for all of that.” Despite the suffering, Johnny Depp also sees some good things in his early years. When he had children with his ex-partner, actress Vanessa Paradis, he “knew exactly how to raise children. I knew exactly what to do: the opposite of what my parents did.”

Johnny also kept in touch with his father John Christopher Depp after his parents divorced. John Christopher Depp worked as a civil engineer and is now 84 years old. When it comes to his parents’ broken marriage, Johnny Depp doesn’t blame his dad. “He remained a gentleman. He never touched my mother. When he left I was very disappointed because I found his behavior cowardly. Years later we had a conversation and he told me everything. That’s when I learned that I was very wrong with my initial impressions of his departure,” the actor concludes.

So far, Johnny Depp’s older sister, Christi Dembrowski, testified in court. She defended her brother and backed his statements regarding his childhood. Johnny’s other sister, Deborah Depp, known as Debbie, is currently expected to testify and have a say in the trial. Amber Heard’s sister also testified recently as a witness. The closing arguments are scheduled for May 27th.

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