Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are in the midst of a volatile divorce and legal war, with the actress accusing him of domestic violence. Amid that situation with her estranged husband, Amber has reunited with her former gal pal Tasya van Ree, according to the Mirror.
Heard and van Ree, who is a photographer, broke off their relationship five years ago. Now, however, the 30-year-old actress has been seen reuniting with Tasya at Republique on La Brea Ave in Los Angeles. Accompanying Amber to the reunion: Her Yorkshire Terrier.
Depp recently received attention for what seemed to be a diss at his estranged wife, labeling her “scum” by altering a tattoo that used to flaunt her nickname, “Slim.” Johnny chose that tattoo soon after the two were married. But just after Heard’s restraining order against Depp was extended, the actor had his tattoo changed to “Scum.”
Johnny has pulled a similar stunt before. When he was dating actress Winona Ryder, Depp was branded with a “WinonaForever” tattoo. When that romance ended, he changed the ink to “WinoForever.”
Despite that dig, Ryder recently discussed her experience with Johnny after Amber accused him of physically abusing her.
“I can only speak from my own experience, which was wildly different than what is being said,” said the actress. “He was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me. I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves.”
However, the Daily Mail reports that the relationship between Amber and her girlfriend Tasya “enraged” Depp. Heard and van Ree were together for four years before ending their romance five years ago, but the sight of the two on a lunch date in Los Angeles recently hints that their friendship still is powerful, even as Amber’s marriage falls apart.
Amber and her gal pal devoted an hour to their lunch date, then left in separate cars. The Yorkshire terrier that Heard was carrying was a present from Tasya when they were a couple.
Amber had several bandages on her arm. She filed for divorce from Johnny in May, alleging that he beat her.
At one time, Tasya and Amber were so close that Heard legally altered her name to Amber Van Ree because of their “domestic partnership.” In 2011, the two had a private ceremony, but it was not legally official, and they requested that those at the wedding not tell anyone.
In 2013, however, Heard petitioned to return to her original name. That petition was granted three months after her engagement to Depp.
Amber identified herself as bisexual in 2010 when she went with van Ree to a GLAAD event.
“You can’t respect yourself if you’re afraid to be who you are,” stated Heard.
The romance between Amber and Tasya ended when Heard hooked up with Johnny. However, the two continued to be friends, which allegedly resulted in an explosion from Depp.
After filing for divorce, Heard claimed that she made the decision to split because Johnny attacked her with an iPhone. That attack resulted in a visibly bruised eye.
Amber informed the court in a written declaration about the details of the “excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse” she allegedly experienced throughout their relationship.
“During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me. I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.”
Moreover, Heard described herself as living “in fear” that Depp would return to the home that they shared. A temporary restraining order requires that Johnny stay at least 100 yards from his estranged wife.
Tasya, 40, came to Heard’s defense amid claims that the two had battled years ago, noted the Express.
“In 2009, Amber was wrongfully accused for an incident that was misinterpreted and over-sensationalized by two individuals in a power position,” stated the photographer. “I recount hints of misogynistic attitudes toward us which later appeared to be homophobic when they found out we were domestic partners and not just ‘friends.'”
She also pointed out that Heard was “quickly” released in that situation, expressing her frustration that the rumors were resurfacing.
“It’s disheartening that Amber’s integrity and story are being questioned yet again,” added van Rees. “We shared 5 wonderful years together and remain close to this day.”
The Advocate cites statistics regarding the “high rates of abuse that everyday bisexual women face” with regard to Heard’s allegations that Depp abused her.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 61 percent of bisexual women “have a lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.” That statistic compares to 35 percent of heterosexual women and 43 percent of lesbians.
Page Six also noted that Amber’s bisexual history became problematic in her relationship with Depp, with sources alleging that Heard had a friendship with a gay and lesbian community activist Io Tillett Wright that resulted in even more marital problems.
“[Johnny] started making [Amber] travel with him,” said one of the sources, “and she started distancing herself from her lesbian friends.”
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