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    minor, but I was working as an adult. I forged a fake ID, too.” It worked: in a short space of time Heard won three small acting parts. But it can’t all have been music to her parents’ ears. “They did not react ideally, as you would expect. But they also couldn’t stop me.”

    While her career momentum grew, and TV roles led to movies – including the cult Drive Angry (2011) opposite A-lister Nicolas Cage – Heard had a relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree that lasted four years. Unusually for one in Hollywood, Heard has not hidden it. “I have had   relationships, successful relationships, with men, and I had a great relationship with a wonderful woman,” she says. It is a relationship that had the tabloid press desperate to define her

    “I ALWAYS will be just who I am and I will never FAKE anything for ANYONE”

    sexuality. But she adds, “I will never beg for an easy classification or label for that moment in my life, or assume to know what the future holds for me. I have always been and always will be just who I am and I will never fake anything for anyone.”

    It is refreshing to hear a figure of such public curiosity defend her choices. “I am not ever going to be a person who has a desire to expose myself more than I feel. Being a private person made me want to not expose myself any more than I already had,” she says. “But I also felt I had a responsibility to not appear to be in hiding. I watched people around me succumb to hiding and hiding denotes shame. I feel, and felt, zero shame. We all love who we love; we don’t choose it.”

    This inner confidence was evident when Heard arrived on the red carpet in 2011 as a fully formed femme fatale, a Hollywood goddess wrapped up in her off-white, flashbulb-friendly Alessandra Rich dress at the

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