THE DE­CLINE OF DEPP

As shock­ing pic­tures of a gaunt, pale and ill-look­ing Johnny Depp emerge, we ask: how did the ac­tor go from Hol­ly­wood’s quirki­est lead­ing man to pub­lic pity fig­ure?

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At the height of his fame, Johnny Depp was a global sex sym­bol, one of the world’s most lusted-af­ter lead­ing men and Hol­ly­wood leg­end, who could com­mand £40 mil­lion plus per film.

Yet, last week, shock­ing pic­tures emerged of the trou­bled film star look­ing frail, pale and gaunt as he posed with fans in Rus­sia dur­ing a Euro­pean tour with his band, The Hol­ly­wood Vam­pires.

Wear­ing a black cap, black T-shirt and jeans, Johnny, 54, looked dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent from the dream­boat the world used to know and love.

‘My hero looks ill,’ wrote one con­cerned fan on Face­book.

‘I hope friends are there to help him,’ an­other wrote on Twit­ter.

Af­ter a shock­ing di­vorce from actress Am­ber Heard, ru­mours of vi­o­lence, drug and al­co­hol abuse and a spate of law­suits, the beloved Johnny Depp of old is no more.

In his place is a new Johnny; sickly-look­ing, sham­bolic, shame­ful – a shadow of his for­mer self.

Other than a voice-part in kids’ film Sher­lock Gnomes, Johnny’s last film was Pi­rates

Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – the fifth in­stal­ment in the fran­chise – over a year ago.

The film was a flop in the US, with crit­ics claim­ing au­di­ences are tir­ing of the se­ries and of Johnny’s swash­buck­ling turn as Cap­tain Jack Spar­row.

The ac­tor – said to have earned more than £487 mil­lion in his ca­reer – is also re­port­edly fac­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties. He is be­ing sued by two for­mer body­guards for un­paid wages and is still tus­sling in the courts with his old man­agers and lawyers, who sued him for £22.5 mil­lion af­ter he orig­i­nally tried to sue them.

For decades, Johnny was rid­ing high – he wowed au­di­ences in hit films such as What’s Eat­ing Gil­bert Grape, Cry-Baby and Choco­lat. His friend­ship and work­ing re­la­tion­ship with di­rec­tor Tim Bur­ton saw him take on in­creas­ingly quirky roles in Ed­ward Scis­sorhands and Sweeney Todd.

Even flops like The Lone Ranger and The Tourist couldn’t take the shine off Johnny – Hol­ly­wood’s bad boy heart-throb who women de­sired, even when he tack­led odd­ball roles.

He dated the world’s hottest stars, in­clud­ing su­per­model Kate Moss and actress Wi­nona Ry­der, then shacked up with beau­ti­ful French model and actress Vanessa Par­adis, 45, for 14 years. The pair had chil­dren Lily-Rose, 19, and Jack, 16, be­fore Johnny left her and wed actress Am­ber Heard, 32.

Whis­pers of drugs, booze and out­ra­geous over­spend­ing – Johnny once bought a French village, a £17 mil­lion yacht and a Caribbean is­land – fol­lowed him around, yet noth­ing was enough to tar­nish his rep­u­ta­tion.

Then, in 2016, ev­ery­thing changed. Am­ber – who Johnny met and fell for on the set of 2011 film The Rum Diary – filed for di­vorce, two years af­ter their Fe­bru­ary 2014 wed­ding.

She ob­tained a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der, ac­cus­ing her es­tranged hus­band of phys­i­cal and ver­bal abuse.

The fall­out for Johnny was huge; Am­ber’s lawyers claimed she was ‘a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence’. And, fol­low­ing leaked pho­tographs of her sport­ing a bruised eye and cut lip, Am­ber al­leged Johnny ‘vi­o­lently shoved her to the floor’ while ‘ine­bri­ated and high’.

They even­tu­ally set­tled the di­vorce in a £5.2 mil­lion deal and is­sued a joint state­ment say­ing their re­la­tion­ship was ‘in­tensely pas­sion­ate and at times volatile, but al­ways bound by love’.

It is a huge fall from grace for a man who – away from all the ex­cesses, fame and money – is sim­ply crav­ing a nor­mal life. ‘Sim­plic­ity – that’s all I want,’ says Johnny. ‘Sim­plic­ity, where the game of Hol­ly­wood doesn’t ex­ist.’

Johnny’s heart-throb looks are long gone – now he looks pale and gaunt

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