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‘I Won’t Believe Humans Any More’: Johnny Depp Releases Self-Penned Ballad Lamenting Fame

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New single This Is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr is a ballad about the difficulties of film stardom, taken from Depp’s forthcoming album with Jeff Beck

Johnny Depp has released a new self-penned song performed with Jeff Beck, This Is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr, taken from the pair’s forthcoming collaborative album, entitled 18.

A trudging rock ballad sung by Depp interspersed with guitar soloing from Beck, it hymns the 1940s film star (and innovative electrical engineer) Hedy Lamarr, though this lament about fame will inevitably be read as a reaction to the high-profile, frequently ugly defamation case he recently brought against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

​“I don’t believe, I can’t believe, I won’t believe humans any more,” Depp sings in the chorus, with another lyric complaining: “It’s so hard to talk when no one will hear, and everyone stares as you quiver in fear.”

The opening verse, ostensibly about Lamarr, is a portrait of the difficulties of film stardom: “Erased by the same world who made her a star,” it begins, Depp adding: “The light of her being, her exotic allure / was torn at the seams for daring to dream / it’s so hard to speak when you’re frozen in scream … Feels like a dream, but it’s life and it’s death.”

He sings on the climatic verse: “Stripped of belief, a thief is a thief / who’s going to stand up to give you relief / of all dispossessed, it’s so hard to digest / you’ve no right to sit down if you’re nobody’s guest.”

The song is the second track Depp and Beck have released. The first was a cover of John Lennon’s Isolation, released in the early weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic for its lyrical resonances with the lockdowns happening around the world.

The rest of the album’s tracklist has been announced, with plenty of other cover versions, including Caroline No and Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) by the Beach Boys, plus Time by their late drummer Dennis Wilson; Venus in Furs by the Velvet Underground; tracks by artists as varied as Janis Ian, Killing Joke and the Everly Brothers; and, in what will be seen as a rather hubristic choice, Marvin Gaye’s lament for social injustice, What’s Going On.

There is also another song written by Depp, entitled Sad Motherfuckin’ Parade.

Beck heralded Depp in an accompanying statement, saying: “I haven’t had another creative partner like him for ages. He was a major force on this record. I just hope people will take him seriously as a musician because it’s a hard thing for some people to accept that Johnny Depp can sing rock’n’roll.”

Depp has been touring with Beck across the UK in recent weeks, where he heard the result of his trial against Heard. A jury found in favour of Depp, deciding that he had been defamed by a Washington Post article that Heard wrote, describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse” without naming Depp.

Heard said the jury decision “sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously”.

18 is released on 15 July, with a vinyl version on 30 September.

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Johnny Depp is the most searched celebrity of 2022, not Amber Heard; the CelebTattler report might be wrong

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard became the most searched celebrities of 2022, according to Google Trends and CelebTattler.

The ex-couple took over the Internet from April to June, and people all over the world flooded the live stream on YouTube to see the first time an A-list celebrity court drama.

CelebTattler claims that Amber Heard is the most searched celebrity of 2022 and Johnny Depp is in second place, but we did our own research and found that Johnny Depp is the most searched celebrity in the U.S. and not Amber Heard according to Google Trends.

Amber Heard never came close to reaching Johnny Depp via Google search.

not in the past 12 months,

not in the past 90 days,

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not in the past 30 days

Johnny Depp won the trial and was awarded $15 million, while Amber Heard reaped $2 million. Both actors are back once again to face each other as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard challenge the jury’s decision.

Depp was found guilty on one count, and Amber Heard was found guilty on three counts.

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Johnny Depp supports solar energy: Depp has transformed his island into a self-Sustained oasis ran on hydrogen solar cells

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Whether he’s buying a private island or solar hydrogen technology, Johnny Depp is living off the grid. The actor has a $3 million private island. Depp converted his 35-acre island to solar hydrogen technology, comparing it to Marlon Brando’s Tahitian paradise. The Depp Solar Power Home is a beautiful example of how solar energy can help the actors save money.
A yacht is just one of Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp’s extravagant purchases. Photo: @jwoods1996/Instagram
A yacht is just one of Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp’s extravagant purchases. Photo: @jwoods1996/Instagram

He has five Hollywood Hills homes worth US$19 million

According to Hello!, Depp owns five neighbouring homes that he decided to turn into one huge private compound in the posh Hollywood Hills, collectively covering an area of 7,430 sq ft.

The largest mansion is worth over US$19 million and boasts eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, and the interior design is reportedly classic 1920s gothic. In total, all of the houses together add up to almost 40 bedrooms, according to Squareyards.com.

In 2021, an intruder broke into Depp’s mansion and reportedly took a shower and made himself a drink inside before the police came to root him out. And that wasn’t the first time someone tried to break into houses on the estate. Just a few months prior, in late 2020, a woman had also tried to break in, but fled when she realised she’d triggered the security system.

Johnny Depp’s Hollywood Hills mega mansion is decked out in gothic style. Photo: AP
Johnny Depp’s Hollywood Hills mega mansion is decked out in gothic style. Photo: AP

Depp bought the main house, which is nestled in a 1.6-hectare (four-acre) eucalyptus grove, for just US$1.8 million back in 1995. There were also reports suggesting the actor planned to build a connecting underground tunnel linking all of the properties together, but that is yet to be confirmed.

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Man Discovers He’s Johnny Depp’s Twin After Shaving Beard: ‘Deppelganger’

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A New York man bearing an uncanny resemblance to Johnny Depp has gone viral on Reddit.

Bronson Fuentes is a photographer and videographer by trade, but it’s his own picture that is attracting attention online after he posted a “Depp’s doppelgänger” selfie.

The idea that there’s a stranger who looks just like you, somewhere on the planet, is the stuff of stories. In reality, it’s thought to be extraordinarily rare. A 2015 study by scientists at the University of Adelaide estimated that there’s only a 1 in 135 chance that a single pair of exact doppelgängers exists in the entire world.

Fuentes began to draw Depp comparisons sometime “around 2010,” he told Newsweek. He even recalled the first time. “I was walking through the halls at college and some random dude stopped me and exclaimed: ‘Whoa! Has anyone ever told you that you looked like Johnny Depp?’ I was confused at first but thanked him anyway. It just kind of snowballed from there.”

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The picture Bronson Fuentes shared to Reddit – many were quick to note the striking similarities with Depp.BRONSON FUENTES/REDDIT

Although he admitted to being flattered by the comparison, he tried “not to pay too much attention to it” and got on with his life. “I don’t try to go out of my way to look like another human,” he said. “Although, one year I dressed up as a pirate for Halloween and lots of people were almost freaked out about how much I resembled Captain Jack Sparrow.”

Fuentes said he decided to take things a step further during Depp’s high-profile court battle against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

“I literally was just bored one day and thought to myself, ‘Hmm… I wonder if I shaved my facial hair like him, if I would actually see it for myself.’ I never really saw it before I shaved.”

The results were “certainly a surprise,” he said. Even more surprising was the reaction when he posted the image on Reddit. The image racked up about 10,000 interactions, with one fan dubbing him a “Deppelgänger” and another calling him “Johnny Depp’s stunt double.”

One Redditor wrote: “At first glance, I thought it was Johnny.”

Another posted: “A little eyeliner and you are there bro. This will simplify Halloween for the foreseeable future.”

This being the internet, there were plenty of Redditors ready to offer jokey takes. “He looks like the Johnny Depp from Wish,” quipped one. Another suggested that Fuentes “looks like Johnny’s brother Ronnie” and a third said he was more like “Johnny Derp.”

Multiple commenters said he looks more like Scream actor Skeet Ulrich.

Despite the online doubters, Fuentes said that in real life, he’s had plenty of instances of mistaken identity since he trimmed his facial hair.

“I went to my local liquor store with it shaved and my guy who always takes care of me had to do a triple take when looking at me at first, which was hilarious,” he said. “The drive-thru getting coffee was funny too. The guy giving me my drink freaked out at first thinking he was giving coffee to Johnny Depp.”

Although the jury was, quite literally, out on Depp at the time of writing, Fuentes sees the similarity as more of a blessing than a curse. “I’ll take what I can get in the looks department as I’m not a vain man,” he said. “I wish Johnny the best of luck in his trial.”

In any case, his focus remains fixed on his photo and video production company, Gjallarhorn Productions, as well as his girlfriend and two cats with whom he lives in Upstate New York. “I’m huge into nature and animals and really aspire to shoot for National Geographic someday,” he said. “I like to think I was set here on this earth to spread positivity.

“There’s lots of hate and horrible things going on in this world. It’s very easy to lose sight of all the beautiful things around us and I just want to showcase that to as many people as possible. If I can make someone smile at least once a day, I can sleep well at night.”

He may not have planned it like this, but this one picture has already made a few people smile.

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