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Johnny Depp Opens Up About Drugs, Debt, Divorce In Bonkers Interview

What's the trouble with Johnny Depp?

It's a question that fans and former fans have been asking for the past two years.

It's also the intriguing title of a new Rolling Stone piece that purports to offer some answers.

Journalist David Rodrick spent three days — well, nights, as Depp keeps vampire hours — hanging out with the increasingly controversial actor, and it seems there was no topic that wasn't up for discussion.

Depp's massive debt and recent legal battles, his ugly divorce from Amber Heard, and his prodigious appetite for inebriants were all addressed in a wide-ranging conversation that helped to shed some light on Depp's demons.

Is this Johnny showing the world his vulnerable side?

Or have we all just been taken in by a man who's made a very nice living off his ability to manipulate the emotions of others by transforming himself?

Decide for yourself with this list of the most bonkers revelations from Johnny's most candid interview to date.

1. One Mean Mom

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“My mom was maybe the meanest human being I have ever met in my life,” Depp tells Rodrick at one point, adding that his mother often struck her and hurled objects at them.

2. A Traumatic Childhood

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“There were irrational beatings,” says Depp. “Maybe it’s an ashtray coming your way. Maybe you’re gonna get clunked with the phone.”

3. A Complex Relationship

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“She could be a real bitch on wheels,” Depp says of his mother, before noting that his first major purchase after gaining fame was a house for the woman who raised him.

4. An Attempt to Deflect?

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Many have interpreted Depp’s comments about his enduring love of his mother despite the abuse she inflicted as an effort to deflect allegations that he was abusive to his former wife, Amber Heard.

5. "Slim" to "Scum"

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Depp signed a non-disclosure agreement that prohibits him from talking about Heard — but Rodrick notes that a tattoo on Johnny’s hand that used to feature Heard’s nickname, Slim, has been altered to read, “Scum.”

6. Speaking of Abused Women…

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Depp goes on to comment on the #MeToo movement and the accusations against “goliath Shrek thing” Harvey Weinstein. He’s no fan of Harvey, but his remarks aren’t exactly in perfect alignment with contemporary feminism, either.

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Johnny Depp: Hiding Deadly Disease From Fans?

Last week, fans were shocked by photos of Johnny Depp looking gaunt and frail while on tour with his band in Europe.

If you haven’t seen the image in question, just imagine what Johnny would look like if he had spent the past few months preparing for a live-action sequel to the Corpse Bride.

Or, ya know … you can just see for yourself in the pic below:

Look, Depp superfans are a real and terrifying bunch, and we know better than to needlessly provoke them, so before you scroll down to the comments to excoriate us for cracking jokes about a dying man, let us make one thing clear:

Johnny Depp is probably not dying.

In fact, he’s probably just fine.

In fact, his reps have already issued a statement claiming that he’s losing weight on purpose and is healthier than he’s been in years.

But none of that will stop the Australian tabloids from working their readers up into a lather with claims that Depp is on his deathbed.

In case you’re not familiar, Aussie tabloids make British tabloids look like freakin’ New York Times in terms of journalistic integrity, which is really saying something, as British tabloids have been putting US tabloids to shame in terms of, well, shamelessness for the past couple decades.

Basically, just think of everything Donald Trump has said about the mainstream media in the past two years and know that all of those things are actually true of the Aussie tabloids.

Anyway, one scandal sheet from Down Under has demonstrated an obsession with Johnny’s well-being that’s matched only by every single Hot Topic clerk on the planet. 

In a piece with the admirably restrained and subtle title of “What’s Killing Johnny?” a magazine that’s apparently known only as NW claimed that sources close to the actor are deeply concerned that he’s on his last (fatally skinny) legs.

“His friends are worried he’s keeping quiet about a serious illness,” says an almost certainly made-up “insider.”

“It’s well known that he’s a heavy drinker and the fear is his frail appearance could be linked to drugs or booze… or both.”

The insider claims that one illness in particular has Johnny fans concerned:

“Many are worried he possibly has liver cancer or something because he’s so skinny and has got, like, no hair now.”

Lol at the claim that “many” people jumped to that same ultra-specific conclusion.

“Johnny’s looking slimmer than usual. Must be the liver cancer,” cried the masses in unison.

We guess the folks at NW can skate by on a technicality here, as Johnny Depp will almost certainly not live forever, and is thus dying, in a sense.

But if we know Johnny — and we don’t — he’ll be shambling across the stage like the reanimated cadaver of his idol Keith Richards long after everyone has stopped caring or paying attention.

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Johnny Depp: I Look Like This on Purpose! I’m Not Dying!!

In recent photos, Johnny Depp has looked gaunt and frail. That’s bad news if you’re a fan.

But if you’re the sort of person who happens to be concerned with Depp’s well-being, there is good news! Sources claim that he’s totally healthy, all appearances to the contrary.

So … that settles it?

Recent photo ops with fans have shown that Johnny Depp looks, well, worse for wear. Fans have remarked that the 54-year-old looks gaunt, older than his age, and even withered.

Is his health in decline?

From what a source tells Us Weekly, Johnny Depp’s health is totally fine.

“Johnny is healthy and enjoying his time on the road with his band [Hollywood Vampires].”

The band has been touring abroad, which is where so many fan photos have left fans alarmed and critics filled with schadenfreude.

An additional source tells the tabloid that Depp “purposely lost weight because he’s on tour and is trying to stay in shape.”

But clarifies that he “doesn’t have any major health issues or anything.”

Despite the harrowing accusations of domestic violence against Johnny Depp, he continues to have a large number of fans.

(That’s not actually surprising. Celebrities have diehard fans who will defend them no matter what. Hell, even Bill Cosby still has supporters)

These fans have left comments on social media, expressing their concern.

“I think my hero looks ill.”

It’s one thing to admire an actor despite their behavior. It’s another to call them your hero.

“You are one of my favorite actors and I enjoy watching you in [movies] I hope you truly are okay.”

These folks are fans — they’re not trying to be shady. They’re genuinely concerned.

“Johnny you are looking really lean. Hoping your health is good.”

Some comments were a bit more … blunt.

“This is healthy?”

Kyler Clark is a Nashville-based photographer who works as Alice Cooper’s assistand and who has been documenting the adventures of Hollywood Vampires.

On June 3, he wrote:

“He is FINE.”

You can practically feel Clark’s exhasperation.

“We move around a lot at an erratic pace and we are all f–king exhausted.”

Sure … we can understand that.

“Does ANYONE look great as soon as they open their eyes? Does anyone look great when they are sleeping?”

Well, most people don’t look like a wraith has been siphoning off their life force while they slumber. Especially when they’re posing for photos with fans.

“What about when they’ve been on a plane every day for the last month bouncing around the world? No. I know I don’t.”

Some folks couldn’t help but connect Depp’s worse-for-wear appearance with his lawsuit.

Depp’s bodyguards are suing him, claiming that he failed to pay them for months on end.

The guards allege some out-of-control drug use, where they were even tasked with wiping cocaine off of Depp’s face. Yikes.

All things considered, though, that’s not the worst accusation against Depp.

His alleged drug use played a role, ex-wife Amber Heard says, in his alleged domestic violence against her during their marriage.

Even fans who disbelieved Heard, the witnesses, and text message evidence were alarmed when Johnny Depp was accused of attacking a crew member on a film set.

Some wonder if this alleged rampant drug use is impacting both his behavior and his physical appearance.

Depp remains a controversial figure.

His central role in the upcoming The Crimes of Grindelwald film from the Harry Potter franchise is the reason that some lifelong, diehard Harry Potter fans will not be seeing it.

But it is understandable that those people who are his fans are concerned about his health.

Is it true that he’s just tired from nonstop travel and not being as young as he used to be?

Is it really the result of drug use? Or is Depp just not aging as gracefully as he might.

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Johnny Depp Appears Gaunt, Frail In Shocking New Photos

One of the many, many perks of being a world-famous movie star is getting to spend time with your idols.

And so, Johnny Depp has lived with Hunter S. Thompson and jammed with Keith Richards.

Unfortunately, it looks like all those decades of keeping pace with the world’s hardest partiers is beginning to take a toll on Johnny.

That’s a photo of Depp that was posted online by a fan this week.

The actor appears considerably more gaunt than usual, and fans took notice in a major way.

Depp was in Russia, touring with his band, the Hollywood Vampires, and he posed for pics with fans who likely shelled out quite a few rubles for the opportunity.

Not surprisingly, those fans then posted the images to their social media accounts.

And as with past Russian Facebook activity, the effects of the posts were immediately felt on a global scale.

Depp quickly became a trending topic, with some fans expressing concern and others dismissing those concerns.

 
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“He looks pale here. Hope he’s okay,” commented one IG user.

“Johnny Depp looks so bad, omg, is he ill or something?” wrote another.

“Please please tell me that Johnny Depp is just prepping for a movie and not that he is sick cause he doesn’t look so good here,” remarked.

“He looks like is this for a new movie. He is fine and not sick,” wrote another fan, who may be onto something.

Depp has several new films set for release, including the Harry Potter spinoff The Crimes of Grindelwald, and City of Lies, in which he plays an LAPD officer investigating the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G.

It’s unlikely that either of those movies necessitated any sort of physical transformation from Depp, but a more low-profile project entitled Richard Says Goodbye may have required Depp to shed some pounds.

According to a description of the film, Depp plays “a world-weary college professor” who receives a “life-changing diagnosis.”

Based on that description and the title of the project, we’re guessing that diagnosis isn’t seasonal allergies.

Depp defenders are clinging to the “it’s for a role” defense, but as many have pointed out, it’s equally possible that the actor’s lifestyle is simply catching up to him. 

Depp will turn 55 next week, and he’s shown little interest in putting his hedonistic ways behind him.

In fact, according to a pair of recent lawsuits, he’s going at it harder than ever.

Depp is being sued by his management team in response to the allegations that the firm nearly bankrupted him.

In one court document, attorneys claim that Depp’s many wild expenditures included spending $ 30,000 a month on wine.

In a separate lawsuit, Depp is being sued by two former bodyguards for creating a “toxic and unsafe” work environment.

The former employees allege that one of their many bizarre job responsibilities was ensuring that there was no cocaine residue on Depp’s face during public appearances.

Like so many others, we’re hoping that Johnny’s frail appearance these days is the result of method acting, not health issues.

Fortunately, fans can take heart in the assurances of audience members on Depp’s current tour who claim he appears to be in good spirits — and good health.

“Just saw #JohnnyDepp in concert in Hamburg. He looks healthy, happy and he had so much fun. … How pictures can deceive an impression,” wrote one such fan.

Reps for Johnny have declined to comment on the situation.

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