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Amber Heard And Johnny Depp Release A Joint Statement About Their “Passionate,” “Volatile” Relationship

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They will “always be bound by love”

It was announced today that Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have reached a settlement in their contentious divorce case, with Heard dropping both the restraining order she took out against Depp as well as the charges of domestic violence. As TMZ reports, Heard will receive $7 million from Depp. Heard dismissed her domestic violence charges with prejudice, which means that she can't refile said charges.

Following the settlement, Heard and Depp released a joint statement, in which they said:

Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains. There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity.

The settlement was reached the day after Heard faced seven hours of questioning on the witness stand by Depp's attorney, during which time she was allegedly grilled as to the veracity of her claims due to the fact that third parties, including hotel concierges, did not see evidence of abuse. Sources for TMZ reported that Heard "maintained she was injured and couldn't account for what others saw."

Signs of physical abuse are not always visible, and even when they are, they're not always noticed by other people. There are no reports of whether or not Heard and Depp have agreed to remain silent on the topic moving forward, but it is safe to assume that this is the case.  

If you or anyone you know is threatened by issues of domestic violence, seek help and counsel via the National Domestic Violence Hotline at TheHotline.org

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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