Nearly two weeks after a jury found she had defamed ex-husband Johnny Depp in a high-profile trial, Amber Heard says she still loves him.
“Absolutely. I love it. I loved him with all my heart,” Heard told Savannah Guthrie in an exclusive interview with NBC News. “I have no ill feelings or ill will towards him at all.”
Heard’s interview with Savannah aired in two parts Tuesday and Wednesday this week on TODAY and airs in a special this Friday on Dateline. The actress herself spoke about the trial, which centered on a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she claimed to have survived domestic abuse. He did not name Depp as an abuser in the article, but the actor’s lawyers said he cited claims he made during their 2016 divorce. Lawyers for Depp, who denies all allegations of abuse, say the op-ed affected his career.
Related: Watch Part One of Amber Heard’s Interview with Savannah Guthrie
For six weeks, Heard confronted Depp’s lawyers and participated in his interrogation in which they analyzed his mental health, behavior and credibility. Despite this, the “Aquaman” actor told Savannah that he still has love for the man he accused of physical and psychological abuse and that he accused her of the same in return for her.
The trial ended with a jury finding that Heard defamed Depp and awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. A judge reduced the punitive damages to $350,000. The jury also awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages on his counterclaim, but nothing in punitive damages.
Recalling an Instagram statement the actor issued prior to the six-week libel trial, Savannah disputed Heard’s claim at the time that she still loved him.
“On the first day of the trial, he put out a statement,” Savannah said. “And part of the statement said, ‘I still have love for Johnny.'”
Speaking with Savannah, Heard was adamant about her feelings.
“I did my best to make a deeply broken relationship work. And I could not. I have no ill feelings or ill will towards him at all,” she said.
“I know it can be hard to understand, or it can be very easy to understand,” he said. “If you’ve ever loved someone, it should be easy.”
Throughout the trial and its aftermath, Heard has maintained that her motivation for writing the op-ed had been to lend her voice to the #MeToo movement, which was in full swing at the time.
“Legs of powerful men are getting laid off, losing their jobs,” Savannah told Heard in the interview. “Did you want that to happen to Johnny Depp?”
“Of course not,” Heard replied. “It wasn’t about him.”
Air part of the special edition of Dateline this Thursday on Peacock, before it airs Friday at 8 pm ET on NBC.