It's always a messy affair when celebrities get involved in divorce settlements with the public watching with keen interest, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are aware of this. They probably don't care. Not even when there's enough cash to go round together with increased publicity.
Image: Jonny Depp and wife, Amber Heard.
Johnny Depp has more than 30 years experience in the entertainment business. He has played lead roles in more than one blockbuster franchise movies.
His wife, Amber Heard has achieved success in the industry, too. But she's just on the front end of her career and can't be compared to Depp in finances or achievements.
The problem with the bitter divorce for these Hollywood stars is, who gets what? It could get messier than it already is, especially with the couple in question having no prenup.
Reports confirm the 31-year-old Heard, filed for divorce from Depp, 52, on Monday, 23 May. They’ve been married for just 15 months. Now the once happy couple are involved in what could be the worst celebrity divorce ever.
Heard’s lawsuit against the actor is said to have included spousal support although he reportedly requested that such be denied by the law court.
The case filed by Depp’s wife in California is well calculated as the community is knows as a property state where everything earned during the marriage is divided equally between the divorcing spouses.
Divorce lawyer Vikki Ziegler, star of Bravo’s Untying the Knot, tells Yahoo Celebrity that Depp “made a very big mistake” by not having a prenuptial agreement to protect his fortune, which has been reported at as much as $400 million.
According to Forbes’ 2007 report on the famous actor, Depp earned as much as $92 million in 2006. He racked in a total $60 million for starring as swashbuckler Captain Jack Sparrow in that year’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
His deals say half the salary was paid up front and the rest income was calculated based on the film’s box office earnings.
Image shows Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
It is possible that famous and wealthy Johnny Depp didn’t consider getting the prenup option because thought it’s a waste of time. Or probably, he never expected the marriage would crash in a life time.
“Even though they were married for just little over a year, quantifying her lifestyle and what she deserves after being married to Johnny Depp is going to take some negotiation,” Ziegler says.
“There is no exact science when it comes to someone’s lifestyle, but I can make a guess that she is buying the best clothes, traveling in jets, driving around in a high-end luxury vehicle, and will not go away for chump change.”
“The court will look at what her needs are, and how much money she actually will need for no more than the length of the marriage, to support herself and get her back on her feet alone,” Ziegler says.
“If there are any joint assets together that Johnny Depp put her name on, she will get half. She will keep any gifts that she received from him, as well as the wedding and engagement rings.”
Sure, the actor can afford whatever amount there is to be paid. It would be “good riddance to bad rubbish” if he’s happy for the divorce.
Reports confirm, the Alice Through the Looking Glass actor ranked No. 87 on Forbes magazine’s latest Celebrity 100 list of the world’s highest-paid entertainers. According to the list, Depp raked in $30 million between July 2014 and June 2015. His earnings after that will be part of this year’s report.
Natalie Robehmed, a writer for Forbes had this to say. “He’s one of the few actors who can readily command over $10 million or $20 million per film.
“It’s pretty impressive that that has shown no sign of [ending]. He joined our list of Celebrity 100 in 2004, and now, 12 years later, he’s probably still earning enough to be on it, which is pretty impressive longevity.”
“It’s a pretty elite squad of people like him — Tom Cruise, to a certain extent Brad Pitt, although he’s had some differing years — that have really been around for that long,” Robehmed added.