By Kellie Scott.
Barnaby Joyce “attacking Pistol and Boo” is to blame for the rumoured divorce of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, according to celebrity agent Max Markson.
Court records published by TMZ show that Heard submitted the petition to a court in Los Angeles on Monday. The couple have been married for 15 months.
The news comes less than a week after the death of Depp’s mother and after a year of “Depp’s dogs” drama after the couple illegally brought their dogs Pistol and Boo into Australia.
Australian celebrity manager Mr Markson told the ABC the Deputy PM’s approach to the Yorkshire terriers sparked a series of events that would have caused enormous stress for the couple.
“If he didn’t attack their dogs … they would still be happily married,” Mr Markson said.
He said the court case and having to feature in a “spectacularly scripted and produced movie which the producers of Game of Thrones would be proud of” would have also caused turmoil in the relationship.
“It’s obviously still affecting Johnny Depp and just the other night on Jimmy Kimmel he compared Barnaby to a tomato,” he said.
Earlier today Mr Joyce said he did not revel in the news.
“In all seriousness, the one thing I will never revel in is any relationship breakdown, no matter what animosity that might be seen on the airwaves between Mr Depp and myself,” he said.
‘Couple probably already on shaky ground’
But relationship counsellor Desiree Spierings said it was more likely the couple were already “on shaky ground” and the past year had just added to their problems.
“Every relationship will get stressful times but it’s really about weathering storms together, not against each other,” she said.