Lily-Rose Depp doesn’t want to be “defined” by her father

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Many otherwise vocally feminist stars were particularly quiet during Johnny Depp’s and Amber Heard’s Gastric libel case earlier this year. Some took sides in other ways—viz Like social media posts von Depp when declaring victory after the verdict was in his favour. But the one star who particularly frustrated Depp fans was his daughterLily-Rose Depp, who didn’t seem to acknowledge the process at all.

In a new one interview With ell this week, Lily-Rose broke her silence on the matter — or rather, declared her decision to remain silent. She previously spoke in support of her father when Heard first claimed Depp abused her in 2016; At the time, Lily-Rose was 15 years old. In an Instagram post, she called Depp “the sweetest, most loving person I know.”

In particular, the young Depp did not speak the same glowing words in her interview ell published Wednesday. “When it’s something so private and personal that suddenly doesn’t become so personal… I feel really entitled to have my secret garden of thoughts,” she told The Magazine’s recent ~Headlines~ of her father. “I also think I’m not here to answer for anyone and I feel like for much of my career people have really wanted to define me by the men in my life, whether that’s my family members or my friends are whatever . And I’m really ready to define myself for the things I put out there.”

stressed Lily-Rose that she was taught to value her privacy and set firm boundaries. “I know my childhood wasn’t like everyone else’s, and it’s a very special thing to deal with, but it’s also the only thing I know,” Lily-Rose said. “My parents protected my brother, [Jack], and I like it as much as possible. I was just brought up to learn that privacy is something to protect.”

Throughout the spring, Depp and Heard argued in court over whether any commentary was written by Heard Washington Post In 2018, he had defamed Depp — though he didn’t even name him — because Heard alluded to surviving intimate partner violence. In the midst of her process, Heard produced dam proof an ongoing pattern of violence and abuse by Depp and from the UK in particular Verdict Years earlier, Depp had acknowledged as a “wife beater.” But in the US, Heard became the subject of a massive, coordinated harassment campaign that portrayed her as a liar and Depp as the victim, Depp’s legal team argued the relationship “mutually insulting” because Heard had resisted him and consequently not a perfect sacrifice.

As I watched the spectacle of her trial this spring, I wished more celebrities and influencers would use her platforms to defend Heard and protect victims from the abuse malicious online attacksduring social media platforms benefits. It was instead frustrating to see allegedly feminist stars like Billie Eilish, who have spoken out, essentially shrugging off the process: “Who the fuck cares? Women are losing the right to their bodies, so why are we talking about celebrity divorce processes? Who cares? Let them find out for themselves,” she said said of that process.

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In contrast, Lily-Rose’s silence makes sense on some level. Family members—particularly female family members—or close friends are prone to it public support famous men who are accused of abuse. It’s quite normal to feel like your positive experience with a loved one is universal, although all people contain variety and a man doesn’t have to attack every woman in his life to have abused someone. Too often, celebrities don’t seem to realize that they can both recognize that a loved one has harmed others, still love them, and not publicly call those who have accused them liars.

I don’t know how Lily-Rose feels about her father. But I don’t need to know, and quite frankly, we’re allowed to have complicated feelings about family members. I think it speaks volumes that despite her father’s huge popularity in the mainstream (the man in every sense of the word appeared in Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty fashion show earlier this month), Lily-Rose has made a conscious decision as an adult to not publicly defend him or side with him.

More recently, however, more visible public figures such as Phoebe Bridger have spoken out for Heard, acknowledging the damage her trial — and the misogynist circle that engulfed it — has inflicted on all victims, especially those with less privilege. Bridgers argued that Heard, who is bisexual and also opposed Depp’s abuse, was not a “perfect victim” and was angered for it. Constance Wu and Emily RatajkowskiBoth of whom have detailed experiences of sexual violence in the past have also publicly stood by Heard.

And on the same day that Lily-Rose did the interview with ell published, signed by leading national feminist organizations and activists such as Gloria Steinem Open letter in support of Heard. The letter expressed concern about the mounting anti-feminist backlash and the arming of costly defamation lawsuits against victims who come forward, saying the trial has been “fueled by disinformation, misogyny, biphobia and a monetized social media environment in which the allegations of a woman charged with domestic violence and sexual assault was ridiculed for entertainment.”

Some of the organizations, such as Do you know your IX and the women march, have publicly endorsed Heard before. Others, I would argue, probably could have spoken out sooner, while Depp – his legal team consulted with a top Trump adviser to rehabilitate his image — and his supporters ran away with the public narrative. In many ways, Depp never been more popular. But his own daughter’s reluctance to publicly support him suggests the tide could be turning. Lily-Rose Depp doesn’t want to be “defined” by her father

Adam Bradshaw

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