The double life of Amber Heard

The personal life of  Amber Heard is a conundrum. From rocky relationships to confounding financials, Heard's passionate positions often appear rooted in hypocrisy. Let's iron out the truth about this confusing and conflicted actress.

She accused Johnny Depp of domestic abuse

Heard and estranged husband Johnny Depp met in 2012 on the set of The Rum Diaries. They wed in February 2015. That summer, a 29-year-old Heard told Elle magazine getting married to her 52-year-old co-star was not a "dramatic change," for her. "We've been together a long time now, so it's been a fairly organic process."

In May 2015, Heard filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences and demanding spousal support. (The couple reportedly had no prenup.) Less than a week later, she returned to court to obtain a restraining order against Depp, accusing him of being abusive.

"During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me," she wrote in the declaration (via Variety). "I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him." Heard submitted a photo depicting her with a bruised face. She said the injury was caused by Depp striking her with his phone. "I live in fear that Johnny will return to (our house) unannounced to terrorize me, physically and emotionally," she told the court.

According to Variety, police found no evidence of an assault when responding to a domestic dispute at the couple's home in May 2016. Depp was not home at the time. Heard declined to file a criminal report.

Depp's camp has vehemently denied Heard's allegations. His daughter and even his two ex-wives came to his defense. Depp's attorney, Laura Wasser, accused Heard of "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse," calling the restraining order a publicity stunt to sway public opinion. "Johnny cannot protect himself or Amber from media scrutiny," Wasser told the court. " Amber's anger certainly cannot drive this dissolution proceeding."

She's been arrested for domestic abuse

Here comes the twist: Heard was arrested for domestic violence against her former partner, photographer Tasya van Ree, in September 2009. According to TMZ, Heard and van Ree got into an argument at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and Heard allegedly struck van Ree. She was arrested and booked for misdemeanor domestic violence, but the prosecutor declined to move forward, supposedly because both women lived in California, reported TMZ.

Let's be clear: domestic violence is wrong all the time. Playing the role of the abuser would not justify receiving abuse from another. However, clearly both Depp and Heard have serious and disturbing allegations to address. Heard's criminal record calls into question her character. Is the pot calling the kettle black?

She claims to be fiercely independent

Heard considers herself a fiercely independent woman, unencumbered by societal conventions. In 2015, shortly after marrying Depp, she told Variety, "The thing that really scares me is the potential of losing my freedom. I never want for my life to lose the ability to transverse the world, with freedom and ease. The freedom and ease I have worked so hard to acquire for myself." You go, girl, but we're a little confused…

She wants to depend on Johnny Depp's money

When Heard filed for divorce, she asked for spousal support to the tune of $50,000 a month. It appears ms. independent is not above tying herself to her ex to maintain the aforementioned "freedom and ease" she "worked so hard to acquire."

Depp's estimated net worth is $400 million, but court documents obtained by Us Weekly reveal Heard took home only $51,461 after agent commissions and other expenses in 2015. According to the paperwork, Heard made a total of $259,876 in 2015. Earnings included $120,000 from Tiffany & Co., $50,000 from Bulgari, $31,112 for The Danish Girl, $45,314 for the Paranoia, and $65,000 for Magic Mike XXL.

Let's review: Heard wants to rid herself of Depp, but she wants him to give her what amounts to her annual take-home pay every single month. Is that Common Core math?

She says Hollywood typecasts women

Heard loves to wax poetic about Hollywood typecasting women. Most roles are "pedantic and overplayed stereotypes," she told The Independent. "Because there are few parts, there's fierce competition." Heard said the system is "broken" because "filmmakers are 90 per cent male, so we don't have a more balanced perspective from our storytellers. We're way behind in this possibly progressive medium."

Heard said her supporting role in the Oscar-winning drama The Danish Girl broke the Tinsel Town mold. She played Ulla Paulson, a friend to transgender artist Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe. "[Ulla] is all freedom," she told The Independent. "She's all spirit. What she cares about is the human, not the superficial. She's a progressive person, ahead of her time." That's wonderful, but…

She chooses stereotypical roles

How does Heard explain her participation in less feminist fare, such as the 2015 techno-thriller Paranoia? She plays Emma Jennings, the out-of-his-league love interest of Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth). Cassidy is an unrealistically good-looking technology nerd from the "poor" part of New York City. Jennings happens to be the daughter of a tech company executive that Cassidy is trying to undermine, so you see where this is going. Heard's predominant role in the movie is to look good in love scenes and to give Cassidy the chance to be a hero.

Heard told SheKnows that her character in the critically-panned Paranoia "was truly not defined by how she looks…she's strong. She's tough. She's independent. She's fiercely intelligent." She's delusional, and we're not talking about the character.

She says she loves thrift shops

Heard says she's not about that lavish L.A. life. "I don't like shopping for new, contemporary stuff," she told Refinery29. "I prefer vintage and secondhand most of the time. Plus, it's much more rewarding to shop for vintage stuff."

Her clothing allowance is extravagant

The Pineapple Express star must be popping tags on an awful lot of thrift store finds because according to divorce documents filed in 2016, Heard's budget includes $2,000 a month for clothes. The paperwork also said Heard needs $10,000 monthly for entertainment and vacations, but those are probably vintage vacas, so that's cool.

She dodges the press

Heard's relationship with the media swings like a pendulum. In 2013, she told Refinery29 that making movies was the easy part. "The press is where you really work for your money," she said, as if gracing the covers of dozens of magazines in provocative poses was forced labor.

She courts the press

Others suggest it's Heard who's working over the press. She filed for divorce from Depp just days after his mother died in May 2016, and she filed for a restraining order just days before his film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, debuted in theaters. A media feeding frenzy ensued, successfully overshadowing Depp's major life events. Was Heard's timing coincidental or intentional? We may never know, but it certainly adds another coat of duality to this actress' perplexing self-portrait.