Samir Hussein/Getty ImagesAmber Heard is more than Johnny Depp’s wife. The Magic Mike actress, who tied the knot with the famed actor in February, has been acting since the mid-2000s and has several movies out this year including The Danish Girl opposite Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne.
But before meeting Depp and eventually falling in love, the actress, 29, dated artist and photographer Tasya van Ree and came out as bisexual in 2010 during a GLAAD event. Since then, she’s never tried to hide her true self when speaking to the press.
“I don’t want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be me,” she told the Times of London. “But I don’t want to have to be defined by it. I’m fundamentally opposed to trying to edit myself to be palatable or popular. I don’t give a f***. I fight, but I shouldn’t have to.”
Heard added, “I never thought I would get married. But I’ve always loved who I’ve loved.”
She also opened up about being an activist and being married to one of the most famous men on the planet.
“I’ve never let anyone else decide that for me, the [gay] community as much as mainstream society,” she said, speaking about love. “The ironic thing is that’s what we’re fighting for: to not have your preferences mediated by others’ prejudices. In 32 U.S. states you can still be fired just for being bisexual. I don’t know how a country full of the descendants of free-spirited people can [support] the government dictating aspects of our private lives.”
About her high-profile relationship, Heard said, “It’s been a steady rise in exposure, pressure and accountability over the years. It ebbs and flows. It’s life on the run. I always wanted to be a vagabond. I’m a gypsy now, living out of a suitcase, constantly on the road. I like the travel, but I don’t like to fight to have anonymity.”
As for any split rumors, she fires back, “I don’t care. I’m a happily married woman.”
Magic Mike XXL hits theaters Wednesday.
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