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Actor Amber Heard attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures 'Justice League' at the Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California.© Getty Images

Amber Heard shares extremely rare glimpse of life away from the spotlight two years after Johnny Depp trial

The Aquaman star is privately raising her daughter Oonagh Paige

Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
April 24, 2024
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Amber Heard may be living away from the limelight, but that's not stopping her from living large, especially on her birthday.

The actress turned 38 earlier this week and celebrated by providing a peek at her private life on Instagram, which she has used sparingly since her highly publicized defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp in 2022.

Since then, the star has quietly retreated to Spain to live her life with her daughter Oonagh Paige, who turned three years old earlier this month, but is making time for celebrations of her own.

Amber took to Instagram with a snap of herself sipping on a glass of champagne, dressed in gold and surrounded by bottles and bottles of wine and bubbly, captioning it: "Champagne kind of birthday."

Last year, Amber finally made her return to the spotlight with her appearance at the Taormina Film Fest to promote the release of her comeback vehicle In The Fire. She was also a part of the sequel to Aquaman, December's Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, although several of her scenes were cut in reshoots.

She celebrated Aquaman's release, despite her screen time being significantly reduced, with a series of behind-the-scenes photos, writing: "After all this time, Aquaman 2 made its splash (sorry, it's too easy)! Thank you to all of my fans for the overwhelming support and love in Mera's AQ return. Thank you so much."

Amber Heard celebrating her 38th birthday© Instagram
Amber celebrating her 38th birthday

Conor Allyn, who directed Amber in In the Fire, told People that she had "moved on" from the tense legal battle and added: "She's living her best life in Spain with her daughter and just finding happiness in that way."

MORE: Amber Heard looks besotted in adorable photo with rarely-seen daughter Oonagh

He stated that they often kept in touch and while she was doing well: "I think people carry trauma for a long time."

Amber Heard attends the "Aquaman" world premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square on November 26, 2018 © Getty Images
The star has limited public appearances since the trial and settling in Spain

“Having gone through something like that on a global epic scale – you never just put that in a suitcase and stick [it] in the attic and never see it again."

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Conor drew parallels between Amber's real life and her on-screen personal, a historical drama in which she plays a psychiatrist who travels to a remote Colombian village to study and care for a local boy who the townspeople deem "possessed," and receives backlash herself.

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He stated that her character is "a fearless truth teller who comes to this remote valley and preaches a certain set of beliefs and is not believed. In real life, Amber is a fearless truth teller who sticks to her own convictions no matter what horrible trouble comes of that."

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Conor asserted that she felt such a strong connection to the script because she'd experienced similar levels of backlash in her own life. "She's had that public backlash. I mean, sure it hit a global apex during the televised trial."

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The star has largely devoted her private life to caring for daughter Oonagh Paige

"But she's been receiving a lot of public backlash since the day she filed for divorce. She's been going through that for years." He also stated that he was looking forward to collaborating on more projects with her.

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