Johnny Depp has altered his 'Amber Heard' knuckle tattoo again with a new message

Johnny Depp has altered his 'Amber Heard' knuckle tattoo again with a new message

There's only one golden rule when it comes to getting couples tattoos: don't do it.

It might seem like a sweet idea at the time, and every couple who commits to getting a memento of their other half on their body almost certainly thinks that their relationship will last forever (after all, why else would you do it?) - but let's be real here, it probably won't.

Case in point: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend a premiere for 'Black Mass' during the 72nd Venice Film Festival at on September 4, 2015 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images) Credit: Getty

The couple got married in a private ceremony in early 2015 after dating for a few years and, for a short while, everything seemed to be alright. However, in May 2016, Heard filed for divorce, claiming that her husband had been "verbally and physically abusive" towards her during their relationship.

By July of the same year, Depp had altered the tattoo he had on his knuckles - the letters 'S L I M' as a reference to the nickname he had for Heard - to read, rather brutally, 'S C U M'.

And now, more than a year since their split, the Pirates of the Caribbean star has made another change to his ink, this time covering the 'U' with the anarchy symbol in order to spell out 'S C A M'. Ouch.

Tommy Henriksen, who appears alongside Depp and Alice Cooper in their supergroup, Hollywood Vampires, posted the image to his Instagram last week with the caption, "You wanted it... you got it."

This follows the actor's recent confession that he hit a huge depression after his split from his Rum Diary co-star.

"I was as low as I believe I could have gotten," he said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. "The next step was, ‘You’re going to arrive somewhere with your eyes open and you’re going to leave there with your eyes closed.' I couldn’t take the pain every day."

He's also encountered a lot of financial trouble over the past few years, and not long ago it transpired that he had been spending excessive amounts of money on multiple properties, travelling, security, guitars, vehicles, and - somewhat bizarrely - houseplants.

But, of course, the last couple of years have not been easy for Heard, either.

Shortly after the separation, she and Depp released a joint statement saying that their "relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm."

Heard was eventually awarded $7 million from the divorce, all of which she gave away to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.

The actress still faces a great deal of doubt over whether or not she was abused by Depp, and has frequently had to defend herself when accused of fabricating her side of the story. Even so, Depp's career does not seem to have taken too much of a hit over her claims, and he has gone on to land several major film roles since allegedly behaving violently towards his ex-wife.

Regardless of his success, though, Depp is clearly not over his divorce; and, now that he has a permanent reminder of it on his right fist, he isn't likely to move past it anytime soon.