A philanthropist, and actress, Amber Heard has been an open book regarding her sexuality and alleged .
Now, the Aquaman star has detailed how she came out as bisexual to her religious family.
Whilst speaking at a South by Southwest panel on Saturday called, ‘Making Change On and Off the Screen,’ she told the crowd the tough, but uplifting story about her family's slow but ultimate acceptance of her sexuality. The 32 year-old said it proved that ‘attitudes and hearts can change’.
‘I'm from Austin, Texas. My dad is 'out of central casting' Texan,’ she explained. ‘Big barrel hat, handlebar moustache, loves his guns, good Southern man. And I was raised in a religious home.
'Naturally, being an outspoken, militant feminist, lesbian, atheist, vegetarian … I remember when I told them about my relationship, that I was in love with this woman. … I remember at the beginning of that it was just tears. It was tears.’
‘They didn’t know how to process it because we hadn't built the infrastructure for acceptance and tolerance.’ she continued. ‘For them, it was being thrown into a binary system of processing it: negative or positive.’
Heard has been in high-profile relationships with both men and women, most famously photographer Tasya van Ree, and , and explained in an interview with in 2017 that she never really ‘came out’ to Hollywood, since she refused to be ‘in’.
Her family life was different. Yet after five years she and her parents reached a turning point.
‘I was getting an award and I asked my parents to drive out to Dallas. … And I look up and I see them sitting front and centre, my dad with his cowboy hat, and here I am getting this ‘gay’ award,' she said. 'I was giving a speech and I had written something and I just looked at them and I said "Here's everything. I don't need a speech, this is the speech right there: My parents, in five years, look at the journey."'