(AP) — Amber Heard
says she became a mother on her own terms as a single mother.
The actress announced the birth of her daughter, Oonagh Paige Heard, on April
8 in an Instagram
post. A photo of Heard with the baby nestled against her accompanied the announcement on Thursday.
“I now realize how radical it is for us as women
to think about one of the most fundamental parts of our destinies in this way,” Heard wrote in the post, adding, “I hope we reach a point where it’s normal to not want a ring in order to have a crib.”
She wrote that while "a part of me wants to maintain that my private life is none of anyone's business
," the nature
of her job "compel[s] me to take control of this" by revealing the birth.
“She is the start of the rest of my life,” Heard explained.
Amber Heard (@amberheard) shared this post on Instagram.
Her marriage to Johnny Depp, which lasted from 2015 to 2017, was marred by a slew of legal proceedings.
Last year, Depp lost a libel case against a British
newspaper that accused him of domestic violence
, with a judge
ruling that the allegations were "substantially correct." In March, a British court denied Depp permission to appeal the decision that he assaulted Heard, saying his attempt to overturn the decision had "no real prospect of success."
Depp is also suing Heard in Virginia
for $50 million in connection with a Washington
Post op-ed essay she wrote about domestic violence; the trial
in that case was recently postponed until April 2022.