Johnny Depp And Amber Heard’s Court Battle Was An Emotional Rollercoaster

They've been battling for years.

After years of battling it out in court, it seems as though the savage Johnny Depp and Amber Heard saga might be finally coming to an end. Hear all about it below:

This week – on the final day of Depp’s libel suit against UK publication The Sun – Heard delivered a powerful speech to the press and public. “After obtaining a restraining order in 2016 and finalising my divorce, I just wanted to move on my life. I did not file this lawsuit and, despite its significance, I would have preferred not to be here in court.”

“It has been incredibly painful to relive the break up of my relationship, have my motives and my truth questioned, and the most traumatic and intimate details of my life with Johnny shared in court and broadcast around the world,” she said, despite boos and shouts of “justice for Johnny” from onlookers. 

So, how did this messy court battle begin?

Heard and Depp wed in a private ceremony in 2015 and apart from their dog-related biosecurity breach in Australia and infamous apology video, things seemed to be going well for the newlyweds.

However, just one year after tying the knot, Heard filed for divorce and for a temporary restraining order against Johnny. The actress claimed he physically abused her and after a lot of ‘he said, she said’, Depp paid Heard a settlement $7M, and the pair finalised their divorce in 2017. Heard reportedly donated most of the money to charity.

But, that wasn’t the end of the nightmare.

In 2018 – at the peak of the #MeToo movement – Heard wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post about her being a survivor of domestic abuse. While Heard never specifically named Depp in the piece, he sued her for $50M for defamation. 

Two years on, and what must’ve been some incredibly expensive court proceedings, Depp filed a libel suit against The Sun over a 2018 article in which the publication called him a “wife beater”.

During the three-week trial, Depp and Heard made some shocking allegations against each other. Depp alleged that Heard had defecated in their bed, punched him and had affairs with everyone from James Franco to Elon Musk. On the other hand, Heard accused Depp of physically abusing her, throwing a phone at her face, leaving her bruised and even threatening to kill her on multiple occasions.

It’s distressing to think Johnny Depp and Amber Heard officially split up in 2017 but they’re still battling it out in court three years on. Sadly, it doesn’t sound like anyone is going to come out of this saga unscathed, and ultimately, there will be no winners. 

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support.

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Here's The Deal With All Those Black-And-White Selfies On Instagram

Challenge accepted.

Whether it’s speedy hand gestures, 10-year throwback pics, ridiculous fashion statements or quarantine bingo – Instagram has become a hotbed for trending ‘challenges’ in the last few years. Over the past week, however, a new one has popped up – but instead of using it to rack up followers, female Instagram users are posting black-and-white selfies to empower other women.

It’s all part of the the ‘Challenge Accepted’ Instagram movement that’s encouraging women to post confident black-and-white selfies under the hashtag #womenempoweringwomen and nominate others to share their own.

The hashtag, which is now housing over 7.7M posts, has gained support from the likes of Gabrielle Union, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Adams, Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Khloe Kardashian, Naomi Watts and more – each with their own spin on the caption.

Actor Taraji P. Henson shared her selfie, captioning it, “it is a NOT a challenge to love my sisters but a gift and a bond that we have and we should cherish as long as we walk this earth.”

Despite the empowering undertone of the Instagram ‘challenge’, it has also attracted criticism from social media users who view it as an ‘empty gesture’ amidst the global pandemic and protests against racism. Hear about how you can help Black Lives Matter protests below:

According to The New York Times, #womeempoweringwomen may have originated from the video of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaking out against Ted Yoho’s sexist remarks about her.

However, other reports suggest the hashtag originated from a campaign in Turkey inspired by violence against women and the shocking murder of a 27-year-old student named Pinar Gültekin.

Some high profile Instagram users have used their nominations to push for racial justice, including Padma Lakshmi, who – along with her own black-and-white selfie – shared images of four Black women killed in acts of police brutality.

If anything, the power of these hashtags – whether they encourage true advocacy and change or not – should empower everyone to use their social media platforms for good, but to also keep driving attention to the issues that matter the most.

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This TikTok Comparing Gen Z And Millennial Dances Will Make You Feel Seen

Alexa, play 'Nutbush City Limits'.

There are only a few years separating Millennials and Generation Z, but the divide between these two age groups has never been so clear. If you ever need reminding of that, look no further than TikTok.

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TikTok user Angie Cocuzza AKA @acooz31 recently took to the video sharing platform to compare the way 13-year-olds dance in 2020 compared to how millennials danced when they were 13, and word of warning, you’re about to feel seen. 

Posing as a Gen Z teen, Cocuzza wears shorts and crop top and quite literally throws it back to Megan Thee Stallion’s iconic TikTok-famous track ‘Savage’. Check out her hilarious TikTok video HERE.

When Cocuzza impersonates Millennials dancing at 13, she changes into a hot pink polo shirt, singlet top, thick-rimmed reading glasses and low-slung trousers. 

It’s not just her outfit that has TikTok-lurking Millennials feeling targeted. Cocuzza dances to ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’ amongst other cheesy early ‘00s clap-along tracks we were all forced to learn at school.

Cocuzza even added a school gymnasium green screen for full impact. After watching this, I’m suddenly transported back to Year 7 – crammed in a stuffy school gym, breaking a sweat to ‘Nutbush City Limits’.

This is by no means the first time Generation Z has taken a cheeky jab at Millennials on social media. There are countless tweets pointing out Millennials’ love of “deserving a little treat”, consuming too much wine, reading Harry Potter or saying “so I did a thing.”

Just last month, Twitter user @local__celeb went viral after posting, “I’m awake at 3am and I just want everyone to know what Gen Z says about millennials on TikTok…” with a screenshot of comments. 

The insults range from millennials saying “doggo” and “adulting” to using Buzzfeed quizzes to find out their favourite wine. One user wrote, “millennials will attack you if you disrespect their Harry Potter house,” while another mocked millennials for saying “give me a slice of pizza and wine.” 

“Sis Rebecca, you are 32 and an alcoholic please sit down,” they added.

These insults are savage but honestly speaking, they’re so accurate.

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