Actor Johnny Depp is now engaging in an emotionally heated trial with ex-wife Amber Heard, but Depp was tied to an enormously popular romance with actress Winona Ryder in the early 1990s, several years before his relationship with Heard. The relationship between Depp and Ryder was one of the most talked-about celebrity partnerships in Hollywood at the time, and as a result, the couple was under a lot of strain.
Various tabloids, reviewers, and casual fans throughout the world coined the term “Jinona” to describe their relationship. Fans were captivated with the couple’s outings, public declarations of love for each other, and eventual engagement at the height of their romance. In the end, the duo chose to divorce, which came as a huge surprise to many fans. Why did Depp and Ryder call it quits?
When did Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder met?
The two first met at the premiere of Ryder’s film Great Balls of Fire, in which he also starred. Depp described his meeting with Winona as “love at first sight” and said that he was immediately smitten by her. Later, in Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, the two formally met and declared their affections for one other, embarking on a relationship together.
The couple was engaged five months later and had already won the hearts of fans all around the world. During the engagement, Depp received a tattoo on his bicep that said “Winona Forever.” After seeing the tattoo, Ryder said in a 1991 interview with Rolling Stone, “I was sort of in shock.” “I kept thinking it was going to wash off or something. I couldn’t believe it was real. I mean, it’s a big thing because it’s so permanent!” Depp later responded by saying, “It ain’t goin’ nowhere.”
What happened to Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder?
The couple appeared to be inseparable and frequently made headlines as one of Hollywood’s most popular couples, which meant that their relationship was constantly in the spotlight.
After surrendering to the social pressures surrounding them, Depp and Ryder decided to break off their engagement.
Depp discussed his relationship with Ryder in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, insisting that the social component was the reason for the breakup.
“It’s very hard to have a personal life in this town. My relationship with Winona, it was my mistake to be as open as we were, but I thought if we were honest it would destroy that curiosity monster. Instead it fed it, gave people license to feel they were part of it.”
Is Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder still friends?
Following their breakup, the two remained friends for many years, until Depp left his wife Vanessa Paradis to pursue a romance with Amber Heard, leaving Winona with a bitter taste in her mouth.
In an interview with The Independent, Ryder emphasized her displeasure with Depp’s behavior and stated that she would never work with him again. In the same interview, Winona said she had a civil contact with Depp in the years afterward, although she strongly advised against collaborating with him on any future projects.
When news of Depp’s court appearances with Heard began to circulate, it was Ryder who promptly stepped forward to defend her ex-fiancé.
In an interview with The Independent, Ryder called the allegations “impossible” and declared categorically that she did not believe Depp would harm anyone.
“He was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me. I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves.”
As a result, the two have clearly patched up their friendship, with Ryder ultimately deciding to stand by Depp when he actually needed her, demonstrating that their love for one other remains strong even though they are no longer together.