Hollywood actor Johnny Depp is officially on Instagram!
Depp made his debut on the social media platform on Thursday, April 16, with a photo of himself sitting on a wooden bench in front of a table filled with lit candles. “Hello everyone… filming something for you now… gimme a minute,” the cryptic caption read.
Not too long after, he shared an eight-minute-long InstagramTV video wherein he shared his thoughts about the global health crisis and why he finally decided to join social media.
“Now is the time to open up a dialogue as the threat of this invisible enemy has already caused immeasurable tragedies and enormous damage to people’s lives,” he said. “I feel we need to try to help each other throughout these dark times, these trying times—for those we love, for our community, for ourselves, for the world and for the future.”
He also urged his fans and followers to think of creative ways to make use of their time at home, such as drawing, reading, or learning a new skill. “We cannot and must not succumb to shutting down and giving in to what feels like hellish quarantine monotony. Create something today that will benefit yourselves and others tomorrow,” he added.
He then announced his new music done in collaboration with Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck which is now available on all major streaming websites—a cover of John Lennon’s “Isolation” which the two coincidentally recorded months before the pandemic spread across the globe.
“The profundity of his lyrics seem to Jeff and me especially fitting for what’s happening right now. The song’s about isolation, fear, and the existential risk to our world, so we wanted to give the song to you,” he shared. “We truly both hope in our own little way, it helps you get through these unusual times that we’re experiencing, even if it just helps to pass the time as we endure isolation together.”
Towards the end of the video, Depp expressed his gratitude to all his fans who’ve supported him through the years, seemingly hinting at his current conflict with ex Amber Heard. “On a more personal note, thank you all for your kindness, your unwavering support and your strength over these years,” he said.
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