The pair dated for roughly one year after being set up on a blind date in 1989, two years after Grey starred in the cult classic Dirty Dancing.
“We ate, talked, drank Jack Daniel’s, laughed our asses off, took cigarette breaks midcourse,” she wrote in her memoir, as reported by The Independent. “He was so ridiculously beautiful. And surprisingly open, funny, quirky and sweet.”
Their connection was so strong that Grey, now 62, said she and Depp became engaged just two weeks after meeting. But then she said their relationship took a turn for the worse when he started making the commute to Canada for a movie.
“Johnny was commuting every week back and forth from Vancouver, but had begun more and more regularly to be getting into trouble: fights in bars, skirmishes with cops,” she claimed.
“He’d started missing his flights home to LA having overslept or, when he did come home, he’d be crazy jealous and paranoid about what I’d been up to while he was gone. I attributed his ill temper and unhappiness to him feeling miserable and powerless to get off [the TV series] 21 Jump Street.”
Grey said she broke her off their engagement just before her 29th birthday.
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The actress’ memoir was released this week amid Depp’s defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard. The Pirates of the Caribbean star has filed a US$50 million (approx. $70 million) defamation case against the actress over a 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post about domestic abuse.
Heard did not mention Depp by name in her essay, but the actor argues it was obvious she was writing about him. The trial continues.
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