Johnny Depp Hinted the Media Frenzy Was to Blame for Break up With Winona Ryder in 1993

Kelly Corbett - Author

Aug. 16 2023, Updated 12:57 p.m. ET

Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder relationship timelines.
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We’ll always have a special place in our hearts for Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder's love story. The A-list pair weren't just love interests in the classic movie Edward Scissorhands. They dated in real life, too. In fact, they appeared to be soul mates in the public eye. But behind closed doors, they apparently weren't as compatible.

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Prior to linking up with Winona, Johnny had gotten married and divorced makeup artist Lori Anne Allison. He had also broken off engagements with Twin Peaks star Sherilyn Fenn and Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey. We've got the complete list of all of Johnny's exes.

But for now, let's relive Johnny and Winona’s iconic four-year relationship from 1989 to 1993.

Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder in the press room of the 1990 ShoWest Awards.
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Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder first crossed paths in 1989.

Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder first crossed paths in 1989 at the movie premiere of Great Balls of Fire (in which Winona stars). As Johnny recounted to Rolling Stone in 1991, they didn't talk that night but had locked eyes in the lobby as he was grabbing a soda. Already, he was swooning over her. “I knew then," he told the outlet.

A few months later, a mutual friend dragged Winona to Johnny's hotel room at the Chateau Marmont, and that's when sparks really started to fly. He asked her on a first date and they coupled off pretty quickly.

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Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder got engaged after dating for five months.

Johnny and Winona were enamored with one another. He popped the question after five months.

In the same interview with Rolling Stone, Johnny said, “I’m being really honest with you when I say that there’s been nothing ever throughout my twenty-seven years that’s comparable to the feeling I have with Winona. ... It’s like this weird, bounding atom or something. You can think something is the real thing, but it’s different when you feel it. The truth is very powerful.”

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The couple gained even more of a fan base after 'Edward Scissorhands' was released.

As one of Hollywood's cutest couples, it was only a matter of time before Johnny and Winona were cast in a movie together. In 1990, Edward Scissorhands was released, where Johnny starred as Edward, and Winona played his love interest, Kim.

The couple's real-life love story only continued to blossom in the early '90s. Johnny even got "Winona Forever" inked on his body. However, after their split, Johnny altered the tattoo to read, "Wino Forever."

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Johnny Depp walks the red carpet during the 76th Venice Film Festival on Sept. 06, 2019.
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Why did Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder break up? Details on their 1993 split.

Johnny and Winona called off their engagement in June of 1993. Their exact reason for parting ways is unclear; however, during an interview with Los Angeles Times, Johnny hinted that too much pressure from the media may have played a role. “

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" It’s very hard to have a personal life in this town. … My relationship with Winona was my mistake to be as open as we were," he said. "I thought if we were honest it would destroy that curiosity monster. Instead, it fed it, gave people license to feel they were part of it."

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Winona reflected on their relationship in an interview with “I was very depressed after breaking off my engagement with Johnny. I was embarrassingly dramatic at the time, but you have to remember I was only 19 years old," she said.

What helped her get over Johnny? "One night I fell asleep with a lit cigarette and woke up to the flames. I haven't visited that dark side since. That was what you might say my 'wake-up call,'" she said.

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