Winona Ryder admits Johnny Depp breakup affected her mental health

Winona Ryder admits Johnny Depp breakup affected her mental health

Winona Ryder admits she didn’t handle her breakup with Johnny Depp very well in 1993, which took a toll on her mental health.

The actress, 50, told Harper’s Bazaar the split “was my real life ‘Girl, Interrupted,'” a reference to her 1999 film in which she played a patient in a mental institution.

“I would look at these fake bruises and cuts on my face [while filming the 1994 drama ‘The House of the Spirits’]and I would have a hard time seeing myself as that little girl,” she said.

In the midst of it all, she recalled thinking to herself, “Would you treat this girl like you treat yourself?” That’s what I do to myself inside.

She added: “I just wasn’t taking care of myself.”

Ryder and Depp, 59, were hailed as one of Hollywood’s sexiest couples after they started dating in 1989. They met at a movie premiere and soon got engaged only after five months of attendance.

Their relationship came to an abrupt end four years later after battling the intense media attention they were receiving, but it wasn’t an easy decision. In a 2001 interview, the ‘Stranger Things’ star described her relationship with Depp as “a fiercely deep love that I don’t know I will ever be able to. [have again].”

Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie on the set of
She described the breakup as her personal version of “Girl, Interrupted.”
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On the other hand, Depp changed his “Winona forever” tattoo to read “Wino forever” in an effort to move on.

And although Ryder never married after Depp, the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ star went on to wed Amber Heard in 2015.

Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp
The former lovebirds got engaged after just five months of dating.
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However, that relationship was also short-lived and turned into an ugly legal battle amid their separation. Depp recently won a libel suit against the “Aquaman” actress, 36.

Following Heard’s claims that Depp was abusive, Ryder spoke up in his defense.

“I obviously wasn’t around during his marriage to Amber, but in my experience, which was so completely different, I was absolutely shocked, confused and upset when I heard the accusations against him,” reads his statement.

“The idea that he’s an incredibly violent person is the furthest thing from the Johnny I’ve known and loved. I can’t understand these accusations.

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