Why Amber Heard Settled Her Divorce With Johnny Depp

Source says the actress ''wanted everything to be over''

By Kendall Fisher Aug 16, 2016 8:33 PMTags
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After several months of highly publicized drama surrounding the pair, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard reached a settlement in their divorce as the actor agreed to pay his former wife $7 million.

As is the case with any big celebrity divorce, the question remains: Why did Amber decide to settle?

Well, an insider tells E! News, "Amber was happy to settle because she wanted everything to be over. It's taken a toll on her, her family and her friends in a very emotional way."

Our source also said Johnny wanted the settlement from the start. "Johnny did not want to go to trial. Since Amber filed the restraining order J.D. had hoped things would settle."

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The insider continued, "Initially, being the stubborn people they are, they both didn't want to give in to each other's requests. For a long time Amber lived with a lot of hurt and had been deeply affected by J.D.'s behavior, but chose not to say anything. Whenever something would happen, he'd apologize, and they'd move on. Johnny never wanted the world to know any of this."

Now that they've reached a settlement and can both move on, the source said, "Amber hopes Johnny will get the help he needs and wishes him the best."

We're told Amber plans to donate the money she received from the settlement to charity.

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Meanwhile, the former couple reached their settlement on Tuesday.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor has agreed to pay his former wife approximately $7 million, and E! News can confirm from court documents that the actress has dismissed her domestic violence restraining order petition against Depp.

The two also issued their first joint statement together since Heard filed for divorce in May. "Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm," they said. 

"Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity," the statement concluded. "There will be no further public statements about this matter."

Heard's attorneys, Samantha Spector and Joseph Koenig, also issued additional remarks. "We are very pleased that this matter has been settled and Amber has been vindicated in the Court of Public Opinion. The case was incredibly challenging and demanding on everyone involved, but mostly on Amber who showed great grace and strength under fire. It was an honor to represent her. "

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