Johnny Depp Is Wearing An Engagement Ring, Seems To Think We’ll Understand Why

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attending Texas Film Hall Of Fame Awards March 2014There have been rumors for months that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are engaged, but he just chose to confirm them in the strangest way possible.

Well, maybe not the strangest way, given that this is Johnny Depp we’re talking about. It probably only registers at like a 4.9 on the strange scale, whereas signing onto to play the highly racist character of Tonto in The Lone Ranger is a strong 10. It involves flipping the switch on gender norms, and I will get to it in just a goddamn second, you guys.

But anyway. Amber has been seen wearing what looks like an engagement ring since January, but people were understandably unwilling to call it that, since Johnny’s not really known to be the marrying kind. After all, he and Vanessa Paradis were together for fourteen years without ever tying the knot, and he and Amber have been dating for less than two and they’re already planning to get hitched. Supposedly. Again, all we’ve really seen is that ring, so it’s probably nothing. 

But while you can excuse one ring on that finger as just a fluke, two is a little harder to ignore. That’s right everybody — Johnny was seen wearing his own diamond band by reporters in Beijing, and he gave the following explanation for it when asked directly if he and Amber were engaged.

“The fact that I’m wearing a chick’s ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway. Not very subtle.”

I…don’t know about that, Johnny. I think it’s very subtle, because I have no idea what it effing means. A guy wearing a diamond ring isn’t a giveaway, because it’s not a thing. You don’t see a dude with a sparkler on his hand and go, “Aha! He’s to be wed! A marriage there shall be!”

Or I don’t, anyway. I can’t speak for you and your forward-thinking brain.

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    • Lindsey Conklin

      Ohhh Johnny Depp, I still love you

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      You know what they say about people who assume, right? You just kind of stepped in it. Some men actually ARE evolved enough to wear an engagement ring. I know a couple – former Mormons, in fact – who have a very egalitarian marriage. They exchanged matching engagement rings and both hyphenated their last names to include the other’s. It happens.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I’m sure it does! But not often, and that’s what I was commenting on. I have a few friends who have done similar things, from the man wearing an engagement ring to both parties changing their names, but it’s definitely not common in Hollywood. (The only example I can think of is the Carter-Knowleses.)

    • Kathy

      I’m wondering if he wore a ring for Vanessa, the mother of his children? If he did, we never heard about it.

      • Willy Billy

        He did.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      So we have been engaged for 5 years, but for different reasons it hasn’t been a good time financially to get married. So my fiancee wears a wedding band, and I wear an engagement ring. It does happen.

      • Alexis Rhiannon


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