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Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder Dating History and Relationship Timeline

The whirlwind romance of Edward Scissorhands co-stars Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp goes way back to the early 1990s. We know you want to learn all about their love story, so what are you waiting for? Keep scrolling to catch deep insights into your relationship.

When did Winona and Johnny meet each other?

As per the reports of People, Johnny met Winona for the first time at the New York premiere of the 1989 movie Great Balls of Fire! while in the lobby of a New York theater. At that time he was 25 years old, and she was 17 years old.

During an interview with Rolling Stone in 1991, Depp and Winona spilled the beans on their first meeting, she said, “I was getting a coke” and Johnny said, “It was a classic glance, like the zoom lenses in West Side Story, and everything else gets foggy.”

The Stranger Things actress also stated that she was shocked to see how shy Depp was when they first got to know each other. She almost thought that he would be a little bit of a jerk due to his celebrity status but she was surprised to find out that he was exactly the opposite of that. Winona added, “I thought maybe he would be a jerk. I didn’t know. But he was really, really shy.”

The first date of these two lovebirds was pretty special. The Pirates of the Caribbean star and Ryder had their first date at the famous Hollywood restaurant Chateau Marmont. They hit it off instantly.

Winona and Johnny got engaged after five months of dating

Depp was in a relationship with Ryder for a total of 4 years. The two dated from 1989 to 1993. He is one of those people who needs a deeper connection with his romantic partner for it to be fulfilling. The two were madly in love to a point that Johnny proposed to Winona merely after 5 months of dating.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Johnny said that his relationship with Winona was like something that he had never experienced before. For those of you who are unaware, Johnny also got a tattoo on his right arm that read “Winona Forever”.

The Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them actor told the media outlet, “I’m being really honest with you when I say that there’s been nothing ever throughout my twenty-seven years that’s comparable to the feeling I have with Winona…. It’s like this weird, bounding atom or something. You can think something is the real thing, but it’s different when you feel it. The truth is very powerful.”

Why did Ryder and Johnny break up?

These two love birds broke up in the year 1993. They called off their engagement in June of 1993. During an interview with Los Angeles Times, Johnny talked about the role that media pressure played in their relationship. He said, “It’s very hard to have a personal life in this town… My relationship with Winona was my mistake to be as open as we were.”

Depp further added, “I thought if we were honest, it would destroy that curiosity monster. Instead, it fed it, gave people license to feel they were part of it.”

In an interview with Elle, Winona described it as her “first real break-up” and “first heartbreak”. She said, “I think it was really ironic because everybody else just thought I had everything in the world, you know, I had no reason to be depressed, everything was sort of at its peak but inside I was completely lost.”

Ryder went through an incredibly difficult phase post her breakup with Johnny. The actress was shattered and in such a dark place that she almost set herself on fire. She told Cinema.com, “I was very depressed after breaking off my engagement with Johnny. I was embarrassingly dramatic at the time, but you have to remember I was only 19 years old.”

Unfortunately, things got so dramatic that the Beetlejuice actress “fell asleep with a lit cigarette, and woke up to the flames.” After their split, Johnny changed his ‘Winona Forever’ tattoo to ‘Wino Forever’.

Winona has defended Depp in the past

In the year 2020, Ryder defended her ex-fiancé in an official statement filed in a US court. As per the reports of The Independent, the Heathers actress stated she was “shocked, confused and upset” by the allegations put on Johnny by his ex-wife Amber Heard and said Depp was “never violent or abusive” towards her.

Winona said, “I obviously was not there during his marriage to Amber but, from my experience, which was so wildly different, I was absolutely shocked, confused and upset when I heard the accusations against him.”

The Little Women star further added, “The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved. I cannot wrap my head around these accusations. He has never been violent or abusive towards anybody I have seen.”

Winona defended Johnny in a 2016 interview with Time as well. When she was asked about Amber’s allegations against Depp, she said, “He was never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me. I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very protective of the people he loves.”

Ryder continued, “I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened. I’m not calling anyone a liar. I’m just saying, it’s difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it.”

Later on, Winona moved on in her life, she began dating Soul Asylum band member Dave Pirner. On the other hand, after a few failed relationships Depp found his fairytale romance with Vanessa Paradis. The couple stayed together for a total of 14 years.

Do you think Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp were each other’s soulmates? Kindly let us know what you think in the comments section below. At the moment, Johnny is fighting a defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard and we can’t wait for the truth to be out soon in their case. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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