5 Details About The Amber Heard/Elon Musk Affair — And What Johnny Depp Believes

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5 Details About The Amber Heard/Elon Musk Affair And What Johnny Depp Believes

Johnny Depp has filed a lawsuit against Amber Heard, seeking $50 million in damages. It follows an op-ed Heard wrote in December 2018 for the Washington Post, in which she depicted herself as a victim of domestic abuse. Depp’s suit claims that he is seeking compensation for defamation for the “willfulness and maliciousness that Ms. Heard demonstrated when she knowingly published the op-ed with the false implication that Mr. Depp violently abused her.”

The suit, however, is not all about the article. Depp claims that Heard began a romantic relationship with Elon Musk and was cheating on him while they were still married. He alleges that she received “late night” visits from the Tesla founder while Depp was away and that their relationship began “no later than one month after” Heard and Depp married.

The details regarding the Amber Heard/Elon Musk affair are a he-said she-said situation at the moment. The timeline of their relationship may be difficult to definitively pin down, but here are the facts and claims made around Musk and Heard.

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1. Musk claims their relationship did not begin until May 2016.

Musk shot back at Depp’s hefty lawsuit. According to Musk’s representative, "Elon and Amber didn’t start seeing each other until May 2016."

Heard and Depp separated in May 2016; their divorce was not finalized until January 2017. Their marriage lasted 15 months.

2. It did not become romantic until “some time later.”

Musk’s rep also added that it wasn’t love at first sight: “Their relationship didn’t become romantic until some time later.”

Romance rumors swirled around Heard and Musk shortly after her separation, as the two were spotted together on multiple occasions in the summer of 2016. They did have more in common than one would expect at first. E! News reported that they had “known each other for some time.”

They were both involved with Art of Elysium. Heard said after their relationship ended that they bonded over “intellectual curiosity, ideas and conversation, a shared love for science.” And, back in 2016, Musk too was going through a divorce. He and Talulah Riley have a complex history.



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3. They broke up in August 2017.

Heard and Musk were together for about a year, from the summer of 2016 to August 2017. A source told PEOPLE that “Elon decided it was time to end it and Amber agreed. They both still care deeply for each other but the timing wasn’t right.”

Just after their split was announced, they were seen together in Australia. They released a joint statement regarding their relationship to clear the air.

“Having read recent articles about our relationship, we would like to speak for ourselves. The distance has been really tough on our relationship because we haven’t been able to see each other much. All relationships have their ups and downs, of course. People occasionally send out speculation, which has no basis in fact, without our knowledge, believing that they have our best interests in mind. Sometimes, other agendas are at work. It can get a little weird … However, we would like to state directly that we have the utmost respect for one another, and it would be troubling if anyone had the impression that we thought otherwise."

“As a closing note, it is worth bearing in mind that events are always amplified and dramatized in a high profile relationship, whether the people involved like it or not (and we definitely don’t). The reality is that this is just a normal relationship with a giant magnifying glass applied.”

The last sections of their statement resound in 2019, given Depp’s lawsuit. But Musk and Heard reportedly broke up just before their statement due to their busy schedules.

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A post shared by Amber Heard (@amberheard) on Aug 4, 2017 at 8:07am PDT

4. They dated again for a month early in 2018.

Despite their “busy schedules,” the two were spotted together at the end of 2017. It appeared they had rekindled their romance four months after they split up.

They only spoke kindly of each other after their break-up, and in some ways seemed to regret it. Musk told Rolling Stone in November, “She broke up with me more than I broke up with her, I think. I was really in love, and it hurt bad.”

The two split again at the end of January 2018.



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A post shared by Amber Heard (@amberheard) on Feb 14, 2019 at 9:20am PST

5. Heard’s lawyers believe Depp is making another attempt to silence Heard.

Heard’s head attorney Eric M. George had some harsh words to say regarding Depp’s lawsuit.

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“This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced. Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior. But while he appears hell-bent on achieving self-destruction, we will prevail in defeating this groundless lawsuit and ending the continued vile harassment of my client by Mr. Depp and his legal team.”

On the other hand, Depp says Heard is a perpetrator. The lawsuit claims her allegations of domestic abuse are “categorically and demonstrably false.”

His attorney Adam Waldman directly responded to George’s statement. “We hardly intend to silence Ms. Heard. To the contrary, we intend to subpoena and compel evidence from her, her three hoax-assisting friends, and Elon Musk. We look forward to holding the overwhelming video, photographic and eyewitness evidence we finally possess up against Amber Heard’s (so far silent) attempts to explain the inexplicable.”



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Alison Cerri is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.