Winona Ryder has been in Hollywood for 35 years and during that time has appeared in some of the most popular films of her generation, including Heathers, Mermaids, Edward Scissorhands and Girl, Interrupted. Being young and in Hollywood can mean a lot of attention is paid to personal life, and for the young star in her late ’80s, that’s exactly what she experienced when Ryder got engaged to actor Johnny Depp in 1989, just five months after they got engaged had met, per people. Their relationship, Ryder has admitted, was a pivotal moment in their lives.
“When I met Johnny I was a pure virgin,” she told Elle UK in 2009 (via StyleCaster) “He changed that. He was my first everything. My first real kiss. My first real friend. My first fiancé. The first guy I had sex with. So he will always be in my heart. Forever.” Depp eventually got a “Winona Forever” tattoo on his upper arm, which he proudly showed off at the time. Unfortunately it shouldn’t be. After four years, the couple called it quits, and a rep told People in 1993, “They’re young and they’ve grown apart.” According to CheatSheet, “Winona Forever” became “Wino Forever,” and Ryder said she took the breakup hard. “I just had my first real breakup, my first heartbreak. Everyone else just thought I had everything in the world, but inside I was completely lost,” she told Elle UK.
Now she’s opening up about the toll her split from Depp has had on her mental health.
Winona Ryder’s split from Johnny Depp has taken a toll on her mental health
In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, ‘Stranger Things’ actress Winona Ryder reveals that after splitting from Johnny Depp in 1993, she has never spoken publicly about her mental health issues until now. She even compares the episode to her 1999 film Girl, Interrupted, in which she played a young woman in a psychiatric facility opposite Angelina Jolie (who won an Oscar for her role).
“That was my real ‘Girl, Interrupted’ life,” she tells the outlet, adding that her therapist advised her to think kindly of her younger self. “I remember playing this character who ends up being tortured in a Chilean prison [in the 1994 drama ‘The House of the Spirits’]. I would look at those fake bruises and cuts on my face [from the shoot], and I would have a hard time seeing myself as that little girl. “Would you treat this girl like you would treat yourself?” I remember looking at myself and saying, ‘This is what I’m doing to myself inside.’ Because I just wasn’t taking care of myself.”
In 2016, Ryder told Time that given the ongoing legal drama between Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, she had to come clean that their relationship was never abusive. “Imagine someone you dated in your day — I was 17 when I met him — being accused of that. It’s just shocking. I’ve never seen him be violent towards anyone.”