Johnny Depp reps have confirmed that she will appear in Rihanna’s November fashion show for her lingerie brand Savage X Fenty.
US publication IndieWire confirmed rumors, first reported by TMZ, that Depp would be a surprise guest featured in the show, which was streamed on Amazon Prime Video on November 9.
Depp’s participation will reportedly be in the wake of Cindy Crawford’s appearance in Savage X Fenty’s 2021 showcase. He will become the first man to play the role of “star” as a model in the brand’s menswear collection.
She will appear in the show alongside models Cara Delevingne and Irina Shayk, actors Taraji P Henson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Winston Duke and Marsai Martin, and musical artists Anitta and Burna Boy.
Rihanna’s fans have expressed dismay online that she would play Depp on the show, given her ex-wife Amber Heard’s allegations that he was abusive towards her and the pop star’s personal history with domestic violence.
In March 2021, Depp lost a libel case in the UK after he sued the Sun for calling him a “wife beater”.
In June 2022 he won his US libel suit against Heard and received $ 15 million (£ 12 million) in damages. The court found that Heard could not substantiate the domestic violence allegations. However, Heard won one of three counterclaims against Depp and received $ 2 million in damages.
Heard’s lawyers have called for a retrial. Appeals against a previously unsuccessful offer to reject the sentence.
In 2009, Rihanna was the victim of a violent attack by her then boyfriend, R&B star Chris Brown. He pleaded guilty and received five years of probation.
Depp’s appearance on the Savage X Fenty show is the latest case in which the once disgraced actor was rehabilitated by the entertainment industry. In August, he made a surprise appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, playing the channel’s Moon Man mascot.
Floating above the stage in a projection, Depp delivered jokes between commercials. “I needed the job,” he announced at the opening of the annual ceremony.
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That month it was also announced that Depp would be directing a biopic of the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani.
Savage X Fenty and beauty brand Fenty Beauty have been Rihanna’s primary creative focus over the past few years, making her a certified billionaire.
She recently returned to pop with Lift Me Up, a new song recorded for the Black Panther soundtrack: Wakanda Forever, her first new music in six years.
In February, he will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. No details of his highly anticipated ninth album have been announced.
The Guardian reached out to Rihanna’s fashion and music reps for comment.