Amber Heard Recalls Coming Out to Her Religious Parents: They Couldn’t ‘Process’ It | 3/11/2019 | Staff
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Amber Heard has long been open about being bisexual, but telling her religious parents she was in a relationship with a woman for the first time was no easy feat.

The Aquaman actress, 32, spoke at the Making Change On and Off the Screen panel at SXSW Saturday, and explained that her parents were unable to process that her sexuality could be viewed outside a “binary system” of positive or negative.

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“I am from Austin, Texas. My dad is out of central casting Texan. Good Southern man, and I was raised in a religious home,” she said. “And being an outspoken ****, atheist, vegetarian, I remember when I told them about my relationship, that I was in love with this woman, and at the beginning of that it was just tears, tears.”

She added, “They didn’t know how to process it because, for them, it was being thrown into a binary system of processing it, negative or positive.”

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Heard said she “refused” to admit her family strife was a problem and “didn’t display any negativity,” but over the course of five years, watched her parents’ attitudes completely change in a positive way.

“Five years later, I was getting an award, and I asked my parents to drive out to Dallas,” she explained. “And I see them sitting front and center and here I am getting this ‘gay’ award… My parents in five years, look at the journey. Attitudes and hearts can change.”

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Heard dated girlfriend Tasya van Ree for four years before they split in 2012. In 2015, she married Johnny Depp, though they split 15 months later. Their divorce was finalized in January 2017. She...
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