Hollywood actress Amber Heard has surprised fans by announcing the arrival of her daughter.
The 35-year-old took to Twitter to share the happy news, along with a picture of her cradling her newborn, named Oonagh Paige Heard, who was born via a surrogate.
In a series of tweets, Heard, who was married to Johnny Depp four years ago, explained how she decided she wanted to have a child five years ago and decided to do it on her own terms.
“I’m so excited to share this news with you,” she wrote in the post.
“Four years ago, I decided I wanted to have a child. I wanted to do it on my own terms. I now appreciate how radical it is for us as women to think about one of the most fundamental parts of our destinies in this way.
“I hope we arrive at a point in which it’s normalized to not want a ring in order to have a crib. A part of me wants to uphold that my private life is none of anyone’s business. I also get that the nature of my job compels me to take control of this.
“My daughter was born on April 8, 2021. Her name is Oonagh Paige Heard. She’s the beginning of the rest of my life,” she wrote.
Heard married Depp in 2015, but the pair had a highly publicised split in 2017 with both sides accused of violent outbursts.
The pair have spent the past few years battling in court.
In November Depp lost his libel case against British newspaper The Sun.
Depp, 57, was suing the News Group Newspapers, publishers of The Sun, and one of its journalists, Dan Wootton.
It was over a 2018 article that stated he had been violent towards his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, 34.
The newspaper also questioned his casting in the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie franchise.
Over the course of three weeks at London’s Old Bailey in July, judge Andrew Nicol heard evidence from both Depp and Heard about their tempestuous marriage, alleged affairs, his hedonistic lifestyle and battle with drink and drugs, and their furious rows.
“I accept that the defendants have shown that the words they published were substantially true in the meanings I have held them to bear,” Nicol said in his ruling which could have a major impact on Depp’s reputation and future career.
“It follows that this claim is dismissed.”