Rihanna Sparks Controversy For Featuring Johnny Depp In ‘Savage X Fenty’ Fashion Show

Johnny Depp might be among the many many well-known faces showing in Rihanna’s upcoming “Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 4,” HuffPost has confirmed.

The controversial “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor received’t simply be sporting a glance from the singer’s size- and gender-inclusive lingerie line, however would be the first male mannequin to have a featured “star” second within the model’s historical past, per Selection and TMZ, which was first to interrupt the information.

The newest “Savage X Fenty” vogue showcase, set for launch Wednesday on Amazon Prime, will characteristic appearances from different stars reminiscent of Winston Duke, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Simu Liu, Taraji P. Henson, Irina Shayk, Marsai Martin, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna herself, alongside musical performances from Burna Boy and Anitta.

The occasion will mark the Depp’s first main public look since a Virginia jury earlier this yr awarded him $15 million in damages in his defamation trial towards ex-wife Amber Heard, who has accused him of home violence and sexual assault. Jurors additionally awarded Heard, who nonetheless maintains that Depp abused her, $2 million in compensatory damages in a countersuit towards the actor.

The case towards Heard centered on a 2018 Washington Publish op-ed through which she described herself as a survivor of home violence, a press release that Depp argued was defamatory to him.

Rihanna’s inclusion of Depp within the new particular ― her fourth vogue expertise on Amazon Prime since 2019 ― has already proved to be a divisive selection from the billionaire vogue and sweetness mogul.

On Twitter, one flabbergasted user wrote: “rihanna can’t be serious? with all these beautiful and unproblematic men in hollywood, and johnny depp is the one that appeals to you the most?”

“Rihanna is … so weird for bringing Johnny Depp into her show. NO ONE was talking about this man until the trial,” said another user, who questioned “where is her head.”

Others defended the singer, with one writing that “she can have whoever she wants in her own show.”

“Rihanna goes from feminist icon to trashed in many ‘feminists’ minds,” a Depp fan added. “Rihanna has my respect.”

“Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 4” is arriving months after Depp appeared just about throughout MTV’s Video Music Awards in August, dressed because the ceremony’s mascot. The occasion was his first on-camera look for the reason that defamation trial got here to a detailed in June.

That stunt drew combined evaluations, notably from Heard’s camp, with sister Whitney Heard slamming the community as “disgusting and clearly desperate” on the time.

Johnny Depp has been inching towards a comeback after successful a defamation go well with towards Amber Heard earlier this yr.

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Depp, nonetheless, is seemingly extra employable than he’s been in years.

In addition to re-upping a seven-figure, multiyear contract with vogue firm Dior, he’s set to star as King Louis XV within the upcoming interval drama “Jeanne du Barry.” He’ll additionally make his return to the director’s chair with the biopic “Modigliani,” following Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani throughout a watershed second in his profession.

As for Rihanna, her new vogue present arrives as she charts a return to music, along with her first single in over six years dropping final month. The ballad “Lift Me Up” is featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming Marvel sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

Her comeback will seemingly attain a crescendo with a long-rumored new album and a headlining efficiency on the Tremendous Bowl halftime present set for February.