A week ago, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard‘s divorce was finalized. The following day, Heard announced that she was taking her entire $7 million settlement and donating it to the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, thus becoming a freaking hero. It proved she wasn’t with Depp, or after him following their split, for his money. She seemed to be sending a message, to Depp, to his supporters, to her haters that she just wanted it to be over, but also that he needed to get help.
The message was received by Johnny — but it clearly got lost in translation. Because instead of letting Amber make the donations, he has decided to send Heard’s settlement cheques to the charities directly, “on her behalf.”
A rep for Johnny told TMZ, “Following Amber Heard’s announcement that her divorce settlement was to be divided equally and gifted to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union, two exceptionally deserving and important charities, Johnny Depp has sent the first of multiple installments of those monies to each charity in the name of Amber Heard, which when completed will honor the full amount of Ms. Heard’s pledge.”
The rep added: “Ms. Heard’s generosity in giving to these wonderful causes is deeply respected.”
Um, great? We suppose it doesn’t matter how they get the money as long as they get it, but that’s kind of not the point here.
Maybe this is something they agreed upon beforehand, or maybe there’s something tax-related going on and this is the best way to handle it. Maybe. Or maybe he didn’t believe that she would actually donate the money (though that’s unlikely, since she would look like a joke, having released a statement about it). But perhaps it’s Depp, once again, taking that power, that right, away from Heard.
TMZ might claim that Johnny is “so moved” by Amber’s generosity but something seems off. What would’ve been amazing? If Johnny had just let Amber donate her settlement money without interference — because it’s hers, and she should be able to do whatever she wants with it — then matched her donation. If he donated his own money, not hers, to charities of his choice, that would’be been a classier move, right?