Amber Heard is embracing the next chapter of her life after her recent defamation court battle with her ex-husband Johnny Depp.
A source told PEOPLE in this week’s issue that the Aquaman The 36-year-old actress “is doing well” after the verdict and that while she “feels drained and exhausted after the trial”, she “is doing her best to have a positive outlook”.
“She is happy to spend every day with her little girl [daughter Oonagh Paige, 14 months]”, says the source. “Your sister [Whitney Henriquez] is also your biggest supporter. They spend a lot of time together.”
Earlier this month, the 59-year-old Depp won all three libel charges in his case against Heard over his 2018 article about presenting himself as a survivor of domestic abuse. The jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages, but Heard will only have to pay $10.35 million due to a Virginia law that limits punitive damages (the judge reduced the amount).
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Furthermore, Heard received $2 million in damages for his counterclaims against Depp. The actress’ lawyer said Heard will “absolutely” appeal the verdict against her.
“Amber is still disappointed in the jury’s verdict,” the source said. “She’s still weighing her legal options, but right now, she needs some breathing room just to enjoy the summer.”
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Heard previously called the verdict a “setback” for women and said TodaySavannah Guthrie, that she is “afraid” that this will mean more “silencing” for survivors who wish to come forward. (Depp, meanwhile, maintained that he never laid a hand on Heard and accused her of physically hurting him.)
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“How do you see your future now?” asked Guthrie, to which Heard replied with a smile, “I’m going to be a mom, like, full-time, you know? Where I don’t have to juggle lawyers.”
Guthrie, 50, then said: “One day you might want to tell your daughter about this or have to tell your daughter about everything you’ve been through. What would you like to say?”
“I think no matter what happens,” Heard said, “it will mean something. I did the right thing. I did everything I could to defend myself and the truth.”
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Heard also said in the interview with Guthrie that she has “a lot of regret” for what happened during her past relationship with the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, to whom she was married from 2015 to 2017.
“I did and said horrible and regretful things throughout my relationship. I behaved horribly, almost beyond recognition to myself,” the actress said. “I spoke freely, openly and willingly about what I did. I talked about the horrible language. I talked about being pushed to the point where I didn’t even know the difference between right and wrong.”
“I will always continue to feel like I was a part of it, like I was the other half of this relationship because I was. And it was ugly and it could be very beautiful. It was very, very toxic,” she continued. “We were horrible to each other.”
And while Heard admitted she “made a lot of mistakes,” she insisted in her conversation with Guthrie: “Until the day I die, I will stand by every word of my testimony.”
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