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Shane McGowan’s wife Victoria Mary Clarke is 'very positive' about Johnny Depp's trial

Depp and MacGowan have a close friendship that goes back more than 30 years

Shane and Victoria with Depp

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Shane McGowan’s wife Victoria Mary Clarke has said she is “very positive” about the trial involving the couple’s close friend Johnny Depp and that he has “won” the case against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Taking to Instagram, Victoria posted a message declaring: “Bring back Captain Jack!

“Feeling very positive about the trial and incredibly impressed by the overwhelming public support for JD!,” she adds.

“Whatever happens we all know that he has won!!!!”

She has also added the hashtag #johnnydeppisinnocent.

Both Victoria and the Pogues front man have expressed support for Depp on previous occasions during the star’s $50m (€46.3m) defamation trial against Heard.

Last month, MacGowan took to Twitter to urge his “brother” Depp to “stay strong”.

Sharing a photo of the pair Shane wrote: “Stay strong brother we are with you.”

The previous week, Victoria also posted a message on her Instagram page in support of Depp.

Clark shared a picture of Depp alongside his pal Gina Deuters and the message: “Sending so much love to Gina @girldeuters today!!!” with the hashtag #johnnydeppisinnocent.

Depp and MacGowan have a close friendship that goes back more than 30 years, with Depp producing the 2020 documentary about the musician’s life and career: Crock of Gold – A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan.

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Speaking at a press conference ahead of the film’s release, Depp recalled the moment he met MacGowan for the first time and said that he “fell in love with him.”

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor said: “When I met Shane, he was negotiating a pool table. There was a drink in this hand, a pint, and in this hand, there was a guitar.

“And he was teetering, balancing back and forth trying to negotiate which way to fall. I watched him do that for about 15 minutes.

“Then I was introduced to him, before he fell, and from that moment on you just knew... there are moments in life when you know this will happen one time and one time only, when you get the opportunity to spend time with greatness.

“Having known him a long, long time I can only say I fell in love with him the second I met him and I’m still in love with him to this day.

“His wife Victoria is a wonderful partner for Shane, they’re best friends, and I’ve seen that continue over these many years under all kinds of duress,” he added.

In February of this year, Depp was a guest at a celebration marking the new documentary in the Light House Cinema in Smithfield.

The film, made by Julien Temple, dives into the life of MacGowan, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the Pogues, who famously combined traditional Irish music with the energy of punk rock.

The documentary features unseen archival footage from the band and his family.

Depp, former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, and Bono all feature in the documentary.

Meanwhile, this week, another Irish singer Imelda May responded to a backlash after she “supported my friend” Johnny Depp online amid his high-profile trial.

As the court fiasco continues, many of Depp’s friends have spoken out in support of the Hollywood actor, including Irish musician Imelda.

Sharing a black and white photo of her and Johnny together in a now-deleted tweet, the 47-year-old said: “Johnny is the kindest, coolest, most thoughtful, considerate, respectful, truthful, heartfull humans [sic] you could ever know. #johnnydepp”

However, the Dubliner quickly received a flood of backlash from her followers, many of whom were shocked to see her publicly defend someone facing such serious allegations.

Imelda swiftly deleted the original tweet and penned a follow-up message, telling fans that she’s neither “a judge nor jury” before criticising the “viciousness” of the Twittersphere.

She wrote: “I believe in love, truth, safety, respect, kindness and compassion regardless of gender. I’m not a judge nor jury. Supporting one doesn’t always condemn another.

“Being cruel doesn’t help. Empathy and understanding does. I have no hate just hope. Have a peaceful night.

“I surprise myself with my continuous naivety of the viciousness of Twitter.”

Later, the rocker clarified that she deleted her tweet because she was sick of the bickering it caused between supporters of both Depp and Heard.

“I’ve deleted a tweet in which I supported my friend Johnny,” she began.

“Not because I don’t send him or his ex-love but because the thread was filled with so many arguments, pain and anger. Which hurts us all. This case has brought out such strong emotions. I only hope truth and love win.”

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