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FRIENDSHIP: Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke with Johnny Depp at The Pogues frontman’s 60th birthday party in 2018. The couple have known the Hollywood star for 30 years. Photo: Steve Humphreys

FRIENDSHIP: Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke with Johnny Depp at The Pogues frontman’s 60th birthday party in 2018. The couple have known the Hollywood star for 30 years. Photo: Steve Humphreys

FRIENDSHIP: Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke with Johnny Depp at The Pogues frontman’s 60th birthday party in 2018. The couple have known the Hollywood star for 30 years. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp confided in friends Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke over the tumultuous break-up of his marriage with Amber Heard.

The actor, who had flown to Copenhagen to see his friends of 30 years tie the knot, was said to have been "visibly shook" at the wedding, and spoke about the allegations levied at him in a tabloid newspaper six months earlier.

Clarke told the Sunday Independent how the star appeared to be a shadow of his former self.

"He was very traumatised when we met him. Very, very shook. For all the time I have known him, I have never seen him that shook," she said. "He was really battered by it."

The Pogues frontman advised Depp on the day, suggesting the Hollywood star should forgive Heard. Clarke said the pair had a heart-to-heart over what the actor should do and how he could respond to the bitter split.

"I do remember Shane saying to him that he should forgive Amber. And [Johnny] said that he would love to be able to get there but that, for the sake of his kids, he knew he needed to clear his name.

"That was the thing that upset him most," said Clarke, "how his kids had been affected by what was being said. I think if he didn't have kids, he wouldn't have bothered [pursuing the case]."

The 57-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star has given evidence at London High Court as he sues The Sun newspaper for libel. In a 2018 article by the newspaper's executive editor Dan Wootton, Depp was described as a ''wife beater'' following claims by his ex-wife Heard (34), that he repeatedly attacked her.

Heard claimed that Depp first hit her in early 2013 - one of 14 separate allegations of domestic violence which are being relied on by the newspaper group in its defence. Depp strenuously denies the allegations.

After a week of sordid details about how the A-list marriage spiralled out of control, Clarke said she and MacGowan are standing by their friend. "We have known Johnny for over 30 years and we have never seen him behave in any way aggressively," she said, "He avoids confrontation like the plague."

"I have seen Shane bully and slag Johnny to the point where I would even lose my temper at some of the things he would say. But Johnny would just take it, and take it, and take it."

She described how the couple also made fun of him over his infamous ''Winona Forever'' tattoo that is at the centre of proceedings. The actor had it changed to ''Wino Forever'' following their split.

It was claimed Heard made fun of his tattoo, which she alleges prompted Depp to slap her several times. When asked about it in court, Depp said the story was "patently untrue".

On her own experience of teasing the actor about the marking, Clarke said: "When we first met him, myself and Shane both laughed at his tattoo and he laughed too. He wasn't in any way sensitive about it."

On Depp's personality, Clarke said that she would "hate to be married to Johnny".

"As a woman I can imagine being driven demented if I was married to him.

"If he has a fault, it's his tendency to disappear into his own little bubble which doesn't include anyone or anything else. A lot of creative people are like that. So I can see how a woman would be very frustrated not getting all his attention. And that could be infuriating. You wouldn't want to be needy, you'd need to be very independent, that's for sure. I think he needs an artist type."

Clarke says the couple met Heard once. She described the model and actress as "very beautiful", adding that Depp had "a compulsion" to be with her.

Sunday Independent