A sour split

2016 marked the end of quite a number of celebrity relationships, but one of the most tragic of them all was the split of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

Though they went through a number of tough times together, such as the bizarre case of their dogs getting detained on an Australian trip, the actors’ relationship came to an end in May 2015 when Amber filed for divorce after 15 months of marriage.

The shocks continued when it was revealed that she’d broken off their relationship due to alleged domestic violence – and now Amber blames ‘mean-spirited’ Johnny of delaying their divorce proceedings in order to deliberately punish her.

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New court documents show that Magic Mike XXL and The Danish Girl star Amber, 30, believes that her estranged husband is making their separation more difficult by elongating the process, all to hurt her.

‘Johnny seems to wish to prolong this proceeding as a means of punishing me,’ she wrote in papers filed by her lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell.

‘I want my life back. I want to be divorced from Johnny now.’

The estranged couple in January 2016 (BFA/REX/Shutterstock)

The estranged couple in January 2016 (BFA/REX/Shutterstock)

The break between Johnny, 53, and Amber has been much less than amicable, and according to her lawyer, he has made a number of actions to halt the process by: ‘[frustrating] the final settlement of this matter at every turn through his relentless, mean-spirited campaign against Heard.’

Despite coming to a $7million settlement in August 2016, their court case is ongoing – according to Amber’s team, this is due to various missed deadlines on Johnny’s part.

Yet Johnny, star of the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise, claims that it is Amber who is prolonging the process of their split by asking for more money and extending her ‘fifteen minutes of fame’. An extract from his court documents reads:

‘Amber is now courting renewed media attention with this unnecessary Request for Order.

‘Her application is not only a blatant attempt to extend her fifteen minutes of fame but also a waste of the Court’s limited time and resources and an embarrassing grab for addition and unwarranted attorney’s fees.’

For both their sakes, we hope this battle doesn’t go on too much longer.