Johnny Depp Lived Out of Public Eye in Village for Months — Finally Returning to Spotlight, He Couldn’t Hold Back Tears

The Cannes Film Festival unfolded with a plethora of captivating and heartfelt moments. Amongst these, one event stood out as particularly significant during the 2023 edition: the triumphant return of Johnny Depp.

The premiere of the enthralling French-language film, “Jeanne Du Barry” at this year’s Cannes Film Festival marked Johnny Depp’s long-awaited comeback to the silver screen, and furthermore, his first public appearance following his highly contentious legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard.

Johnny Depp at the red carpet in Cannes, France, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

The audience rose to their feet in unison, offering a heartfelt standing ovation that lasted a remarkable seven minutes. In an unexpected turn, the 59-year-old Depp found himself moved to tears, visibly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support.

Depp’s tumultuous relationship with his ex-wife, Heard, threatened to overshadow his acting career, leaving his name in a cloud of bitterness and contempt. Experts weighed in on the matter, highlighting the exorbitant financial toll Depp faced. It’s believed he incurred millions of dollars due to financial troubles with his management, and prospects for recouping those losses in court appeared dubious.

Depp “couldn’t take the pain” when a chain of troubles took over his life.

The chain of troubles significantly depleted Depp’s earnings, which had amounted to a staggering $650 million from films that collectively grossed $3.6 billion.

Amidst the news of Depp’s financial difficulties, rumors began circulating that his professional capabilities were also called into question. Speculations emerged suggesting he struggled to remember his lines while filming, necessitating the use of an earpiece for assistance.

Simultaneously, the actor faced the emotional strain of parting ways with his girlfriend and longtime agent, Joelle Rich, leaving him in a state of solitude and uncertainty.

Emotions overwhelmed Depp, who had no idea why it was all happening to him and if he deserved it.

Johnny Depp with his UK legal Counsel Joelle Rich, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. | Source: Getty Images

During the #MeToo movement, J.K. Rowling found herself in the challenging position of having to address the decision to retain Depp in the cast of “Fantastic Beasts.” The writer was compelled to issue a public statement clarifying her stance, saying,

“When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he would be wonderful in the role. Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but are genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.”

Over time, Depp, known for his immersive approach to acting, gradually withdrew from the movie industry, effectively putting an end to his on-screen career. In a candid interview with Rolling Stone, he openly acknowledged succumbing to a profound state of depression when his personal and financial life unraveled simultaneously:

“I was as low as I believe I could have gotten. 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.”

Emotions overwhelmed Depp, who had no idea why it was all happening to him and if he deserved it after being kind, helpful, and truthful he was to everyone. “The truth is most important to me,” he added.

Where Has Depp Disappeared and How Are His Kids Doing?
Above all, what Depp found most agonizing in the aftermath of the public scrutiny was his children’s safety. The actor previously gushed that his kids, Jack and Lily-Rose were “told 75 times a day that they’re loved.” Protecting his children from the slander and intrusive camera flashes became Depp’s paramount concern.

After the Amber Heard scandal, [Depp] made the decision to leave the United States and relocate to the United Kingdom.

In a poignant interview with GQ following the distressing Amber Heard incident, Depp conveyed his empathy and understanding towards his son, who had to endure the intense public attention surrounding his father’s personal life, saying,

“With people going, ‘Hey, look at this magazine, man. What, your dad beats up chicks or something?’ Why did he have to go through that? Why did my daughter have to go through that?”

Depp saw it as his responsibility to “stand up” for his children and clear up the misconceptions said about him to them. “I wanted to clear my children of this horrible thing they were having to read about their father, which was untrue,” he explained.

In one of her interviews in 2022, Lily-Rose Depp confirmed that their father did “protect” her and Jack from the spotlight “as much as possible.”

Johnny Depp sighted leaving an appartment building, 2012 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

While Heard has publicly expressed having a positive relationship with Depp’s children, referring to them as “the gift” of her life, it is worth noting that there have been instances that highlight a certain distance between her and Lily-Rose. Notably, Lily-Rose did not attend her father’s wedding to Heard, which Depp himself confirmed, saying, “My daughter Lily-Rose did not come to the wedding. She and Ms. Heard were not on particularly great terms, for several reasons.”

Depp wanted to shield his children from the intrusive and sensationalist media coverage. After the Amber Heard scandal, he made the decision to leave the United States and relocate to the United Kingdom. Reports indicate that initially, the acclaimed actor had to move between different hotels before eventually purchasing his own residence in the U.K.

As it turned out, Depp spent most of his time in his home alone or with his family. “I’m quite a shy person. That’s one of the great things about Britain, and especially Somerset. I can just be me—and that’s nice,” the star revealed. He added:

“I don’t mind if people want an autograph or a brief chat, but not when I’m having some private time with my family.”

It seemed like Depp disappeared from all radars at one point. However, he found bliss 5364 miles from Hollywood in his $15.8 million village house. The actor is enjoying life away from the pesky paparazzi in the English countryside. “I just love places with character. I have different houses in different places and they all mean something special to me,” Depp gushed. The actor reportedly purchased the 12-bedroom property in Somerset in 2014.

In a notable development, Depp and Heard found themselves in court in 2022 due to Depp’s desire “to reveal the truth”. Following the proceedings, a jury reached a verdict in June of that year, ruling in favor of Depp. As a result, the jury ordered Heard to pay him $10 million in compensation and an additional $5 million in punitive damages. Conversely, Heard was awarded $2 million in compensation.

After the fateful court ruling, Depp finally breathed a sigh of relief, saying, “The jury gave me my life back.” When asked later if he feels he is still being boycotted by Hollywood, he replied, “I don’t have much further need for Hollywood myself.”

Prior to his remarkable appearance at Cannes recently, Depp was spotted indulging in his passion for antiques during a shopping excursion in Lincolnshire. According to The Guardian, the esteemed actor acquired a collection of guitars and other decorative items.

Robert Miller, owner of Hemswell Antiques Centers, said, “He was a very sociable person, quite quietly spoken, but very sociable, very friendly and chatty. Not what I expected. He was overwhelmed, he said he could’ve stayed here all night, but he had to get back because of the flight.”

Indeed, Depp’s resurgence in Hollywood is nothing short of remarkable, akin to the mythical phoenix rising from the ashes. Depp’s journey embodies the notion that no matter how challenging or tumultuous the circumstances, the dawn of a new day always arrives, bringing with it opportunities for growth, redemption, and renewed success.