Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder: 90s off-screen couple

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Have you ever been so obsessed with your favorite actor or actress that you want to know about everything going on in their off-screen life? Well! You are not alone. Because, in 1989, when Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder revealed their off-screen relationship, it left paparazzi all over Los Angeles on the loose to get one good picture of how the couple looks together? Up until then, fans have never seen Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder in mutual movies before.

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According to the history of Hollywood, after commencing a relationship in 1989, Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder signed up for a film in 1990 called Edward Scissorhands. Chances are, the couple indeed met at the set of Edward Scissorhands and later fell in love. 

However, today, Johnny Depp and beautiful Winona Ryder are barely seen together. Yet, fans went crazy when in 2012, the couple once again appeared on-screen as the casting choice for Final Cut: Ladies & Gentlemen. Since then, it has been a decade, and there’s no sign that the couple is getting back together anytime soon. 

To this date, fans of Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder’s story often wonder, what really went wrong in the relationship of this fantastic couple? So, our readers, fasten your seat belts and get your coffee ready for the upcoming gossip section. Today, we brought you a complete history of the ’90s most controversial off-screen couple. That’s right! Let’s get started: 

#1: They met like the plot of “West Side Story.” 

To begin with, many sources on the web mentions that Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder first-time met in 1989. However, according to many on-tv interviews by Mr. Depp, the couple indeed first-time locked eyes in the New York Theatre featuring a premier. To the reader’s surprise, it was the year 1991. 

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In Depp’s words, when he saw W.Ryder for the first time, the background got foggy akin to the movie set of West Side Story. Clearly, it was love at first sight. 

On the contrary, Winona Ryder described her first impression of Depp as “really, really shy.” In Ms. In Ryder’s words, he wasn’t at all arrogant or egoistic considering his high-end Hollywood career. 

From then and there, the story of the biggest breakup in the history of Hollywood began. 

Here’s a fun fact, Do you know? Among fans till this date, the breakup of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is considered “Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder story 2.0.” 

#2: The couple didn’t know each other well, but Depp popped the question anyway!

In regular people’s daily life experience, it takes any person-years before they make up their mind to marry that person. However, among celebrities, it is often observed that they are always about “getting married as soon as possible” or “do not marry at all.” There’s no in-between!

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Luckily, in the case of Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp was always the first kind. He wanted to take their relationship to the next level and decided to spend his entire life with Ms. Ryder. As a result, only after a gap of 4 months after the first meet and relationship, Johnny Depp popped up the question, “Will you marry me?”

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According to the insights, at the time, Winona was only 19 years old and in love. She said yes. Johnny, on the other hand, was 26 years old. 

Not only this but Johnny also publicly opened up about how strongly he feels for this beautiful actress!

Only a few months after/before the engagement, Mr. Depp also revealed his “Winona Forever” tattoo, which caught the eye of the paparazzi. It later became an obsession. As a result, many Johnny Depp fans got the same tattoo. To be honest, it was real-time opportunities for tattoo artists that year. LOL!

Although, the bad news is, the media was never willing to catch a picture of the engagement ring. But, what happened next stunned everyone!

#3: The year 1993 “Wedding was OFF”

After holding on to their engagement for approximately 2 years, in 1993, the couple revealed that they had broken off the engagement. Within these two years, the world has heard so much about the couple and had songs written dedicated to their love story that the breakup didn’t just hurt Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. However, it also hurt fans deeply. 

Many rumors concerning the breakup flew around at the time. 

In Johnny Depp’s words, his relationship with Winona Ryder culminated because the media was too much involved. The couple didn’t have any curiosity because everything was out and transparent. 

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On the other hand, because social media was particularly new at the time, people also spread rumors for Johnny Depp being the “bad boy of Hollywood.” At the same time, Winona Ryder had a clean slate. She was also prominently known as the American sweetheart as she was still a virgin and waiting for marriage to happen. Further ahead, some rumors were so far-fetched without an explanation, such as Johnny Depp cheating on Winona with someone who is still unknown to the media. 

#4: Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder opened up about their break up, finally!

Because everyone has already heard Mr. Depp’s side of the story, Winona Ryder’s side remained unheard of for a long-time after the breakup. However, when Winona finally opened up, the entire Hollywood and its fans felt her pain deep down. 

According to Winona, the couple split up as her friend Cher convinced Winona that he was not the right man for her. This was indeed revealed in one of Johnny Depp’s documentaries as well. At the time, Cher convinced Winona that she was too young to be bound by the sacred vows of wedlock. 

Not only this, but in the 1900s, bachelor and bachelorette actors and actresses respectively were preferred over married ones to avoid any complications as the movies were loaded with nudity. Later on, Winona confirmed that Cher wasn’t the only reason why she broke off the engagement with Bad Boy Depp. 

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In Winona Ryder’s words, she was crushed by Johnny’s bad-boy reputation. To the reader’s surprise, Winona also said that the world wasn’t happily accepting a sweetheart to end up with a bad boy. Instead, they were cheering as they were waiting for one of us to mess up. 

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#5: Winona Ryder saved by a miracle

Having to end such a high-flying relationship is challenging. Something like that happened to Winona Ryder the night that couple broke up. According to Winona, she was so depressed after Depp walked out of her house, leaving both her and his own heart broken into pieces, that Ryder started smoking and drinking.

Later that night, Ryder fell asleep while the cigarette in her hand was lit up. As a result, the fire inside the house started, and she didn’t wake up until the smoke got her all choked up. It was some miracle that saved her from dying in the fire that night.

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Otherwise, Winona Ryder wouldn’t be here after 13 years of starring in the top-notch Netflix series Stranger Things!

#6: After a breakup, Johnny Depp went on a bullying spree

When it comes to Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes, a lot of things happen that the audience never comes to know. One of such things happened behind the scenes of the movie “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” In this movie, Johnny Depp stars as the older brother of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, who is suffering from autism. In Depp’s words, Leo’s character was a bit tricky to play. However, Depp always admired his passion for acting as he was inspired by how Leo always came ready to work on the set!

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However, on the side, Mr. Depp also confessed that it was a difficult time for him because Winona had left him for some reason. And because of a frustrating mental state, Johnny often bullied Leo on the set as he was specifically new and didn’t say much against him. 

Although, during an on-screen interview, Depp also confessed that he feels bad for what he did!

#7: Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder’s breakup changed casting choice for “Titanic.”

When it comes to counting down your favorite movies of all time, Titanic must be somewhere on that list. However, can you imagine your feelings towards the movie to change if Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet weren’t the main cast? Well! A lot of fans out there will lose their minds.

However, here’s an amazing fact, do you know? Before the making of Titanic, because Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder were the most prominently on-screen and off-screen couple, they were the first casting choice for the movie. That’s right! Just imagine Johnny Depp as Jack for a second. How do you feel?

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Anyway, after the couple broke up, Titanic’s casting authorities changed their mind as it would have been awkward on set for both to work together as a sizzling couple of all time. 

#8: In 2021, Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder are still apart, living their lives

After the most controversial break up in 1993, Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder have been seen at mutual celebrity events from time to time. If cameramen are lucky, they could catch stealing glances. However, since the breakup, Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder have gone their separate ways. 

According to the insights, Johnny Depp married Amber Heard in 2015. But, unfortunately, the marriage did not last very long. The prominent actress Amber Heard also made a case of domestic violence against Depp. Although, nothing has proven yet. 

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As of 2021, Johnny Depp is dating Sophie Hermann, who is also a TV personality and supermodel. However, not as popular as Amber Heard or Winona Ryder. 

Winona Ryder, on the other hand, is dating Scott Mackinlay Han, who is or maybe a businessman. Not a lot of details about this man remain known. 


With that being said, sadly, the story of Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder ended in 1993. Since then, the couple hasn’t spotted together in public. However, seen in mutual places/ceremonies/events/shows where celebrities have had the stage. For more celebrity gossip sections, mark us your favorite. We will drop new gossip in your notifications every day!