Johnny Depp Wants Winona Ryder Back?

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By Andrew Shuster |

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Johnny Depp isn’t trying to rekindle a romance with Winona Ryder, despite a made-up tabloid report. Gossip Cop can debunk the story. It’s simply not true.

The two stars dated for four years in the ‘90s and were engaged at one point, but according to NW, Depp has always considered her to be “the one that got away” and his “ultimate soulmate.” A supposed source tells the magazine, “He’s talking to anyone he can about what might have been, contacting mutual friends for updates on Winona’s life and, kind of sadly, watching her in Stranger Things over and over again.”

The alleged insider adds, “There’s a lot of lingering love and unfinished business between them. Johnny’s determined to re-explore their amazing connection.” The tipster further contends that Depp has reached out to Ryder about meeting up, but her friends are urging her to steer clear. “She’s a fragile soul and doesn’t need a [troublemaker] like Johnny in her life,” adds the seemingly phony source.

Nothing about the tabloid’s story is remotely true. For starters, Ryder has been dating fashion designer Scott Mackinlay Hahn since 2011, so she’s not on the market. Regardless, Gossip Cop checked in with a source close to the situation, who tells us the magazine’s article is complete fiction. We’re assured that Depp hasn’t been pursuing his ex-fiancée of more than 25 years. The publication’s report is totally random, in addition to being fabricated.

It’s worth noting, this wouldn’t be the first time that NW has made up a story about the movie star going after a famous woman. Last year, Gossip Cop busted the magazine for falsely claiming Depp wanted to date Jennifer Lawrence and had been “bombarding her with emails and phone calls.” That article was also completely random. The only connection between Depp and Lawrence is that both appeared on the same episode of “The Graham Norton Show” back in 2016.

Also last year, the unreliable tabloid attempted to link Depp to Angelina Jolie, his co-star in the 2010 film The Tourist. The outlet contended that the actress had invited her former co-star to live with her amid some of his personal troubles. That bogus article was yet another example of the magazine creating a fake narrative involving Depp and an A-list actress. Ryder is simply the latest target until the tabloid decides it’s time to pair up the actor with another female celebrity.


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"Angelina Jolie Saving Johnny Depp?" Gossip Cop, 27 May 2018.