Gay Rights Activist iO Tillet Wright Opens Up About Living With Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
By Raphael Chestang
Amber Heard's close friend, iO Tillet Wright, opened up to The Times of London's Sunday Times magazine about living with Heard and Johnny Depp for a year before they got married in 2015 and why the gay rights activist has severed ties with Depp.
Wright, 31, remains one of Heard's "best friends" after her split from Depp, but the same cannot be said for Depp. Wright feels the actor has been unapologetic about his behavior, leading Wright to drift away from him, although there is no ill will between the two.
In fact, Wright praised the couple for their generosity.
"They saved my life. One hundred percent," Wright said.
The Suspect host also revealed that Depp once offered financial assistance. Wright politely refused out of concern that it could sour their friendship.
Wright was vocal earlier this year about Heard's abuse allegations against Depp, tweeting, "I've had enough. I saw the bruises. Many times. And the fat lip. And the cut head. How much evidence does a woman need to present?! She has photos, texts, witnesses, and filed a restraining order. This culture of victim blaming makes me sick. I'm a witness. I'm here. I'm standing up. I can't take any more of this witch hunt."
In speaking with The Times, Wright delivered a more sympathetic assessment.
"It's a tough thing," Wright said. "My attitude about that is the same as the attitude I have about my parents. People are very rarely bad people. People have things that happen to them and people have pain they are trying to get around ... Everyone is trying to dance with their pain and sometimes it's who do you stab in the process? It's what you do about having stabbed them that's the delineation between people you can have in your life and people you can't."