This divorce could get very ugly.
Everybody is talking about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s surprising divorce this week. The actress filed for divorce on Monday, only three days after the death of Depp’s mother and was seen shopping in Beverly Hills only hours later, arguably making her seem a tad heartless.
Tabloids have been speculating the reason behind the couple’s separation after only 15 months of marriage, mostly naming Depp’s party lifestyle and difficult personality as the main trigger for Heard’s decision to call it quits. The truth is, we’ll never really know the inner workings of their relationship and why they chose to divorce at such a seemingly inappropriate time, but then again, it’s none of our business.
But there’s an aspect of this divorce I can’t help but feel a bit judgy about, it’s the fact the 52 year-old didn’t make Heard sign a prenup. Without one, Heard could potentially be eligible to get half of Depp’s $400 million fortune, a ridiculously large sum of money for a 15 month-marriage.
Some would surely jump to the conclusion that Heard is a gold digger and was after Depp’s money all along, and while I don’t think it’s fair to assume this, I have no problem saying the following: Depp was a fool for not insisting on a prenup, not only for his own good, but for his two children and their mother, Vanessa Paradis.
Depp and Paradis never married, but were in a serious relationship for 14 years, resulting in two children, Lily-Rose Depp, now 16, and John Depp III, now 14.
Having one of the most successful actors in the world as their dad means they’ll probably never be in financial trouble, however, losing out on a whopping $200 million in inheritance because of their dad’s naivety is pretty lame, and more importantly, unfair.
This isn’t about being greedy. Paradis has enough money on her own thanks to her singing career and numerous modelling contracts, and even Lily-Rose is making her own moolah, already having signed a contract with Chanel last week. They’re fine without Depp’s fortune, but it would still hurt to see most of it go to someone who’s only been married to him for 15 months, especially considering Paradis and Depp were together for much longer.
It begs the question as to whether prenups should be made mandatory when there are children from a previous relationship involved. No, contractual obligations definitely aren’t romantic, and I wish thet weren’t ever necessary, but we have to be more realistic than that. And I bet, in hindsight, Johnny Depp would agree.
Comment: Do you think Jonny Depp should have signed a prenup before saying “I do”?