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Depp and new girlfriend split
Picture: Getty Images Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are reportedly taking some time out from their relationship.

The actor and his The Rum Diary co-star were said to be dating around the time of his split from girlfriend of 14 years, Vanessa Paradis. Shortly afterwards Amber broke up with girlfriend Tasya van Ree.

However the 26-year-old actress and the 49-year-old star have temporarily gone their separate ways, although a source maintains they were an item.

The insider told website RadarOnline: "Johnny and Amber were definitely involved.

"They definitely had chemistry carried over from the set. Amber quietly split from Tasya around the same time Johnny was secretly separated from Vanessa, so the timing was just right."

They continued: "They were hooking up for months - way before he publicly announced that he and Vanessa had split up. They did a really good job of keeping their relationship on the down low for a while, especially since many people assumed that Amber was only into girls."

However, when Johnny announced that he and Vanessa had split, Amber didn't want to be labeled as a "homewrecker".

The source added: "Amber has never wanted that sort of attention. She prides herself on being free-thinking and independent - not some homewrecker trying to sleep her way to the top. As soon as the media started publicising the romance, she told Johnny that she needed some space.

They revealed: "She really likes Johnny, but she doesn't like the drama. She isn't really sure what is going to happen with them, but just wants the attention to cool down before anything progresses."