Off the Depp end: Johnny, 59, and married British lawyer’s fling fizzles out as friend says ‘I don’t think a standard committed relationship is going to be his thing’
- Johnny Depp, 59, was dating glamorous London lawyer Joelle Rich, 37, a privately educated mother-of-two
- The pair were spotted casting loving glances at each other during his infamous court case in Fairfax, Virginia
- But Depp was missing from the scene as Rich attended a family wedding in Ibiza by herself last weekend
- ‘We are not talking about a normal couple here. It’s not a big, stable, committed love affair,’ said Depp’s friend
Rumours are afloat that actor Johnny Depp’s latest romance has fizzled out barely months after it had begun – supposedly during the court battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Depp, 59, was dating London lawyer Joelle Rich, 37, a privately-educated mother of two.
The pair were seen shooting each other tender glances during his court case this spring in Fairfax, Virginia, and Rich was spotted travelling to court with Depp by car.
When news of the liaison broke last month, it was said that they enjoyed ‘off the scale chemistry’.
However there was no sign of the actor when Rich attended a family wedding in Ibiza last weekend and sources in New York believe that the relationship is fizzling out — and may actually already be over.
A friend of Depp’s said: ‘Are they still an item? We are not talking about a normal couple here. It’s not a big, stable, committed love affair and I’m not sure that it ever was.
Johnny Depp, 59, was dating London lawyer Joelle Rich, 37, a privately-educated mother of two.
The pair were seen shooting each other tender glances during his court case this spring in Fairfax, Virginia , and Rich was spotted travelling to court with Depp by car.
A source said: ‘Firstly, he has just come out of a massive legal battle [with ex-wife Amber Heard – pictured here together], so who would want to commit after that? It has been an extremely traumatic period for him’
‘I don’t know if they are together in any way at this point. Certainly I don’t believe it is a serious romantic relationship, or even an exclusive one.’
The source added: ‘Firstly, he has just come out of a massive legal battle [with ex-wife Amber Heard], so who would want to commit after that? It has been an extremely traumatic period for him.
‘Secondly, he’s Johnny Depp and I don’t think a standard committed relationship is going to be his thing.’
London friends of Rich say that her plans for a divorce from husband Jonathan are still progressing.
Joelle and Jonathan have two children and lived together in a £1.5 million house in North London. They were married in 2011.
Since the trial, in which Depp sued Heard over an article she wrote for the Washington Post, the actor has spent a few months in France making the French language film Jeanne du Barry, in which he plays Louis XV.
Since that wrapped last month he has taken up his music career again, playing dates in the U.S. with guitar hero Jeff Beck, and planning a UK tour next year with Alice Cooper in supergroup Hollywood Vampires.
Rich remains a partner at UK law firm Schillings and is said to earn £250,000 a year. She met Depp in 2018 when the company was hired to sue The Sun for libel, after the tabloid called him a wife-beater.
He lost his libel action, but the tables were turned in the U.S. trial. It ended with humiliation for Heard, who was ordered to pay him £9.2 million in damages.
Law Society guidelines state that a relationship between a solicitor and client is acceptable as long as there is no conflict of interest. There is no suggestion that such a conflict existed in this case.
Last month, Depp was greeted by enthusiastic fans as he stepped out in Boston, Massachusetts. The 59-year-old sported an eclectic look that included a blue cotton jacket, a striped button down shirt and gray pants.
The actor added some splashes of color with green sneakers, and an aubergine belt.
Eclectic: Johnny Depp, 59, sported an eclectic look that included a blue cotton jacket, a striped button down shirt and gray pants as he stepped out in Boston
Splashes of color: The actor added some splashes of color with green sneakers, and an aubergine belt. The Pirates of the Caribbean star placed a blue page boy cap over his long dark hair
Autographs: Many of the fans who waited for a glimpse of the actor held signs for inviting him to come speak with them. The Black Mass star obliged and signed autographs
The Pirates of the Caribbean star placed a blue page boy cap over his long dark hair.
His graying beard was cropped close to his face.
The star has joined rocker Jeff Beck, 78, on tour. The duo were scheduled to play in Boston Thursday and are set to play across the US through November 12.
Many of the fans who waited for a glimpse of the actor held signs for inviting him to come speak with them.
The Black Mass star obliged and signed autographs.
The actor has recently wrapped work on the film, Jeanne du Barry, in which he plays King Louis XV of France.
The film is being directed by Maïwenn, who also stars as the title character. The French actress plays a young courtesan who went on to become the king’s official mistress.
The film is supposed to be his comeback vehicle after many the gory details of his marriage to former wife Amber Heard were aired during his defamation lawsuit against his former spouse.
The big budget period piece has no release date yet, but is expected to make to the big screen sometime in 2023.
Amber Heard has recently been spotted in Mallorca, with it emerging that she’s trying to ‘escape the spotlight by living under a pseudonym in a luxury villa’.
According to Spanish press reports, the 36-year-old actress is said to be renting the multi-million-euro mansion from the family of Maria Antònia Munar, a local politician who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption in 2013 but released early in 2020.
The property, built in 2020, is in the historic centre of the small rural town of Costix, which is located in the centre of the Spanish island.
Heard appears to have deactivated her Twitter account within days of her ex-boyfriend Elon Musk acquiring the platform, as a string of celebrities push back against the takeover.
A search for @realAmberHeard as of Thursday showed the movie star’s account was missing.
It was not immediately clear why Heard shut down her account, with some Twitter users speculating she may have wanted a break from the backlash over her defamation trial with ex-husband Johnny Depp.
But others wondered if having her ex-boyfriend as head of her social media account gave her second thoughts about staying.
Heard and Musk began dating in 2016, going public with their relationship a year later after dating in secret. In February 2018, reports emerged that the pair had split for good.
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