Bisexual actress Amber Heard has revealed that coming out to her parents was ‘hard’.
During a panel at South By Southwest Festival in her hometown, Austin, Texas, the Aquaman star opened up on telling her religious parents she is bi.
Heard said they couldn’t ‘process’ it.
‘I am from Austin, Texas. My dad is out of central casting Texan. Good Southern man, and I was raised in a religious home,’ she said.
‘And being an outspoken lesbian, atheist, vegetarian, I remember when I told them about my relationship, that I was in love with this woman, and at the beginning of that it was just tears, tears.’
Attitudes can change
‘They didn’t know how to process it because, for them, it was being thrown into a binary system of processing it, negative or positive,’ Heard said.
She then went on to reveal that her parents’ attitude changed over the years.
‘Five years later, I was getting an award, and I asked my parents to drive out to Dallas. And I see them sitting front and center and here I am getting this “gay” award,’ the actress added.
‘My parents in five years, look at the journey. Attitudes and hearts can change,’ Heard also said.
Heard came out in 2010
The actress publicly came out in 2010 at a GLAAD event. In 2017, she said she was warned against speaking up about her sexuality in case it damaged her career.
Heard dated artist Tasya van Ree from 2008 to 2012. She tied the knot to actor Johnny Depp in 2015. Their marriage ended in 2017 after Heard claimed Depp had abused her.
Heard also dated Tesla founder Elon Musk from 2016 to 2018.