The darker side of a decaying dreamboat
As Johnny Depp's young wife files for divorce, it's now a free-for-all on his perceived freefall
When the news broke on Thursday that Johnny Depp's 15-month marriage had ended, it read like a midlife crisis gone wrong. And the greatest evidence of this, apart from his wife's application for divorce, was Depp's deteriorating appearance.
Things were said about Depp as he faced into divorce that would never be said about a 52-year-old actress - basically, that he'd gone off in the worst possible way - but by yesterday, that was small potatoes. In fact, that was almost benign and innocent commentary compared to what followed.
In the year and three months since 52-year-old Depp married 30-year-old Heard, there's no denying that he has appeared increasingly dishevelled and, latterly, even disorientated. While she has grown ever more soignee in their public outings, he has become grubby, greasy, bloated, with tobacco-stained teeth and bleary eyes. It has been like watching Dorian Grey pose for a picture with his disintegrating portrait.