Despite rumors that their marriage is on the rocks, Amber Heard says she and Johnny Depp are happily in love.
Donning a bright pink Armani jacket, Heard stuns on the December issue of Marie Claire magazine, on newsstands Nov. 17. In her interview, the 29-year-old cover star opens up about the separation gossip that has surrounded the couple ever since they tied the knot last February.
"I try not to react to the horrible misrepresentation of our lives, but it is strange, and hard," she says of her highly publicized relationship with her 52-year-old husband.
While she doesn't necessarily enjoy all the attention her relationship receives from the public eye, one thing she can get behind is being a stepmother. The Danish Girl star says the role of stepmom to Depp's two kids with ex Vanessa Paradis, 16-year-old Lily-Rose Depp and 13-year-old Jack John Christopher Depp III, is a "gift."
"[It's] an honor and the greatest, most surprising gift I have ever received in my life," she reveals. "I feel new flavors that I didn't know existed. New colors that I didn't know existed have been added to my life. I'm so happy."
Aside from married life, Heard also talks with the magazine about feeling limited by her looks and remaining independent when it comes to business.
"I wish I didn't have to pick between being seen as sexually viable and something more substantial," she says of her Barbie-like appearance, which often holds her back from landing acting roles.
"You respect what it takes to earn [money], and it also gives you a certain resilience, because it minimizes this false notion that that's what matters," she adds. "I know that to not be true, and I know I'm fine without it. That's why maybe I'm so independent. I never expect anyone to give me anything -- the notion of someone supporting me would be absurd to me."
Back in June, Heard opened up about what it's like to be married to an A-List actor in her interview with Elle magazine.
"Nothing is a dramatic change. We've been together for a long time now, so it's been a fairly organic process," she said. Watch the video to hear more.