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Lily-Rose Depp Marks 23rd Birthday as Dad Johnny Depp Nears End of Legal Battle with Amber Heard

Lily-Rose Depp

Lily-Rose Depp

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Lily-Rose Depp is celebrating her newest age milestone.

The actress and model, who is the daughter of Johnny Depp and his ex Vanessa Paradismarked her 23rd birthday on social media over the weekend.

Lily-Rose shared three snapshots — captioned simply, “🍦23🍧🌸!” — to her Instagram feed, including one of a bouquet of flowers and two photos of her wearing a cheerful pink sash that reads “Birthday Princess.”

The actress recently starred in movies like Wolf, Voyagers and Silent Nightand she’s currently working on The Weeknd’s upcoming series The Idol. Back in April 2021, Lily-Rose told Entertainment Tonight whether she and Depp hoped to share the screen for a movie someday soon.

“I think never say never. That’s really not something that I consider first and foremost; what’s interesting to me is the particular character that I may or may not be playing and the story that it’s telling,” she said at the time. “But yeah, I love to work with great actors.”

Lily-Rose’s birthday on Friday came as Depp, 58, and ex-wife Amber Heard‘s lawyers made their closing arguments in the defamation trial that kicked off April 11. A verdict is expected soon. On Sunday, Depp performed guitar onstage with Jeff Beck in England, making a surprise appearance.

A seven-person jury began deliberating Friday afternoon. Depp is suing Heard, 36, for defamation over a December 2018 op-ed the Aquaman actress wrote about coming forward with domestic-abuse claims. He’s seeking $50 million in damages, claiming it stifled his career prospects.

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Heard is countersuing for defamation, claiming that public statements made by Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman that called her claims “fake” and an “abuse hoax” ruined her reputation and halted her career.

Depp and Heard married in February 2015 during an intimate celebration on his private island in the Bahamas. While on the stand last month, Depp recalled that Lily-Rose, the older of his two kids, skipped the nuptials, which had about 20 to 25 people in attendance, according to Depp.

“My daughter Lily-Rose did not come to the wedding. She and Ms. Heard were not on particularly great terms, for several reasons,” he said.

Lily-Rose Depp, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard

Lily-Rose Depp, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard

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Depp — who is also dad to son Jack, 20, with Paradis — said during his testimony that adding his “goal is the truth” in the court case, that he hopes to “clear the record” of the claims made against him by Heard . Depp added of Heard’s claims, “Since I knew there was no truth to it whatsoever, I felt it my responsibility to stand up not only for myself in that instance but stand up for my children, who at the time were 14 and 16.”

RELATED VIDEO: Johnny Depp Calls Amber Heard’s Testimony “Insane,” “Brutal,” “All False” as He Returns to Stand

When Heard returned to the witness stand Last week, she described the trial as “torture” for her, saying she receives hundreds of death threats a day. “It’s been agonizing,” she said, referencing the online “mocking” of her testimony. “I just want Johnny to leave me alone.” She added, “I don’t deserve this. I want to move on.”

The jury resumes deliberation Tuesday after the Memorial Day holiday. When the verdict comes through, it will have been 18 months since Depp lost his UK label case.

In November 2020, the actor lost the highly publicized lawsuit in London against British tabloid The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater.” The court upheld the outlet’s claims as being “substantially true” and Heard testified to back up the claims. In March 2021, his attempt to overturn the decision was overruled.

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