Amber Heard recalls how ‘hard’ it was coming out to her religious parents

Actor Amber Heard

Bisexual actress Amber Heard has revealed that coming out to her parents was ‘hard’.

During a panel at South By Southwest Festival in her hometown, Austin, Texas, the Aquaman star opened up on telling her religious parents she is bi.

Heard said they couldn’t ‘process’ it.

‘I am from Austin, Texas. My dad is out of central casting Texan. Good Southern man, and I was raised in a religious home,’ she said.

‘And being an outspoken lesbian, atheist, vegetarian, I remember when I told them about my relationship, that I was in love with this woman, and at the beginning of that it was just tears, tears.’

Attitudes can change

‘They didn’t know how to process it because, for them, it was being thrown into a binary system of processing it, negative or positive,’ Heard said.

She then went on to reveal that her parents’ attitude changed over the years.

‘Five years later, I was getting an award, and I asked my parents to drive out to Dallas. And I see them sitting front and center and here I am getting this “gay” award,’ the actress added.

‘My parents in five years, look at the journey. Attitudes and hearts can change,’ Heard also said.

Heard came out in 2010

The actress publicly came out in 2010 at a GLAAD event. In 2017, she said she was warned against speaking up about her sexuality in case it damaged her career.

Heard dated artist Tasya van Ree from 2008 to 2012. She tied the knot to actor Johnny Depp in 2015. Their marriage ended in 2017 after Heard claimed Depp had abused her.

Heard also dated Tesla founder Elon Musk from 2016 to 2018.

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Bisexual actor Amber Heard shares why she decided to come out

Actor Amber Heard

Amber Heard, the bisexual actor currently starring in DC’s Aquaman movie, reveals the reason she decided to come out publicly.

She recently spoke to Italian newspaper IO Donna about her relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree. The couple was together from 2008 to 2012, before it ended and Heard married Johnny Depp.

While answering a question about making professional choices, Heard told the newspaper she has a ‘duty to give something back’.

Heard initially came out at GLAAD’s 25th anniversary event in 2010. Her relationship with Ree also became public then.

On this time period and decision, Heard said : ‘It was a period when my colleagues were increasingly demanding privacy and in the meantime being bisexual was considered a taboo.’*

She continued by stating that ‘to be silent about something means to admit underneath that that thing is wrong’.

She knew, however, it wasn’t wrong and that was why she came out. As her comments continued, Heard revealed being truth could ‘offer young people someone to recognize, since those of my generation had grown up without any model of reference’.

On Hollywood and Depp

In the interview, Heard also answered a question about whether or not Hollywood is really as liberal as it seems.

‘It is an industry full of fashionable people and noble ideals, but it does all the opposite of what it preaches,’ she said.

In further describing Hollywood, she said it often repeats all the same ideas based on what people approve. This, however, is not the way to go, Heard believes.

She continued: ‘We need to get in touch with different people, to go further, not to be the same as always.’

The newspaper also asked about Heard’s marriage to Depp, which ended after Heard accused him of domestic abuse. In the interview, she said that she learns from ‘battles and tribulations, more than from happy moments’.

After what she allegedly suffered, she also said she now walks ‘tall’ and ‘proudly’.

*All quotes are translated from Italian.

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