Did Amber Heard “quit” Hollywood? Amber Moves to Madrid
The Daily Mail is reporting that former Aquaman star Amber Heard has “quit Hollywood and quietly relocated” to Spain with her 2-year-old daughter, Oonagh Paige.
The end of his marriage — and the court cases that followed — are the subject of a major new book, and Johnny Depp will be the star attraction on the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival later this month.
But what of Amber Heard? She’s been absent from the spotlight since the end of the defamation trial in Virginia last year in which she was found to have libelled her former husband.
I can reveal that Heard has quit Hollywood and quietly relocated to Spain with her young daughter Oonagh. A friend said: ‘She’s bilingual in Spanish and is happy there, raising her daughter away from all the noise.
‘I don’t think she is in any hurry to return to work or to Hollywood, but she will probably come back when the time is right for the right project.’
The Aquaman actress sold her home in Yucca Valley, California, in July last year for $1.1million (nearly double what she paid for it).
Then, in October, she was photographed on a beach in Majorca with her girlfriend Eve Barlow. At the time, she was rumoured to be living in a rented house on the island.
But I’m told she has now moved permanently to a new home outside Madrid with Oonagh, who is two.
Heard hasn’t worked since filming Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom in 2021, and a modestly budgeted thriller, In The Fire, last spring. (The Aquaman film comes out, finally, at the end of this year.) It’s not known whether Heard is still with Eve Barlow, who has remained in Los Angeles and is working as a writer.
At Christmas, Barlow appeared to suggest they had split when she posted an essay on Substack saying that she was ‘searching for optimism at the end of a life-altering year’.
She added: ‘Today I was reminded of a beautiful passage from a Khalil Gibran poem about why strength has to be renourished and revitalized in ourselves, often alone.’
Meanwhile, Depp recently spent a holiday on his island — Little Parrot Cay — in the Bahamas with Sandra, the widow of his pal Jeff Beck, and her friend Wendy, who is the mum of singer Joss Stone.
On May 22 and 23, Depp will play at a Jeff Beck charity benefit in support of animal charities at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Later in the summer, he’ll return to the movies by directing a film about the artist Modigliani — and then go on the road with his band, The Hollywood Vampires.
What did they do to Elvis? Austin Butler lost his hair and eyebrows to become villain Feyd-Rautha (left) in Dune: Part Two which comes out in November. Butler (pictured right as Elvis) stars with Florence Pugh, Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya. The character was played by singer Sting in the 1984 David Lynch adaptation.
Butler’s co-star Dave Bautista said: ‘I don’t know who this guy was, but it’s not Austin Butler. It’s not Elvis. His voice is different, his look is different. Everything about his demeanour is terrifying.’
A bit of Tommy — Just like hat!
Tommy Cooper’s fez is among items up for auction in a new Channel 4 series.
The Greatest Auction, fronted by the ubiquitous A.J. Odudu, sees a dealer bring the fez to sale — and achieve well above the £3,250 reserve price in the first episode, which will be screened next Tuesday.
The history of the iconic titfer is that Cooper, who died in 1984, gave it to an outfitter in Blackpool in exchange for a suit. Another Cooper fez is held in the V&A museum.
Some stars keep their Oscars in the loo, to show they don’t care for the trappings of fame.
Funnyman Jim Carrey is at the other extreme and has the costumes he’s worn in movies displayed in museum-style glass boxes in his home cinema room — his Riddler, Grinch and Ace Ventura (above) outfits among them.
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