Depp's wife files for divorce

Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January this year.
Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January this year.PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES • Hollywood star Johnny Depp's wife, actress Amber Heard, has filed for divorce after 15 months of marriage, the celebrity news media reported on Wednesday.

Court records published by TMZ website show Heard, 30, submitted the petition to a court in Los Angeles on Monday, seeking spousal support from the 52-year-old Pirates Of The Caribbean star.

The separation comes less than a week after the death of his mother, Betty Sue Palmer, at age 81.

People magazine, which said it had also obtained a copy of the petition, reported that Heard cited "irreconcilable differences".

The pair, who have no children together, made global headlines last year when they ran into legal trouble for failing to declare their Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo on arrival in Australia and breaking the country's strict quarantine laws.

They do not have a pre-nuptial agreement, TMZ reported. Heard listed the date of separation as Sunday in the documents published by the website, which make no mention of custody of the dogs.

The pair met on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary, when Depp was still in a long-term relationship with French actress Vanessa Paradis, mother of his son Jack and daughter Lily-Rose.

They married in a small, private ceremony in Los Angeles in February last year before celebrating at a larger event on Depp's private island in the Bahamas.

In Australia last month, Heard admitted falsifying her immigration arrival card and was placed on a A$1,000 (S$990) one-month good-behaviour bond. The couple released an awkward video apology, which went viral.

Depp has since been embroiled in a spat with Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Mr Joyce told reporters on Wednesday: "In all seriousness, the one thing I will never revel in is any relationship breakdown, no matter what animosity that might be seen on the airwaves between Mr Depp and myself. I have always wished the very best for people. No, I would never ever revel in something like that."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2016, with the headline 'Depp's wife files for divorce'. Print Edition | Subscribe