Rumors have been swirling that Jenna Ortega has been spotted with Johnny Depp, which gave birth to further rumors that the 20-year-old Scream star was dating the 60-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star.
The notion that Ortega and Depp were in a romantic relationship was first posited on Reddit and further bolstered by (now defunct) reports that Depp would appear alongside the actress in the upcoming Beetlejuice 2.
However, Jenna Ortega has quickly denied any idea that she is dating Johnny Depp. The actress took to her Instagram, where she posted a screenshot of an article claiming she was dating the former Fantastic Beasts and wrote, “This is so ridiculous I can’t even laugh. I have never met or worked with Johnny Depp in my life. Please stop spreading lies and leave us alone.”
To add a little more emphasis to the already firm statement, Jenna Ortega also added a facepalm emoji and #fakenews, which seems pretty definitive.
Johnny Depp did not directly respond to the rumor. Still, his representatives issued a blunt statement debunking the claims: “Mr. Depp has no personal or professional relationship with Ms. Ortega whatsoever. He has never met her or spoken to her. He is not involved in any project with her, nor does he intend to be. He is appalled by these baseless and malicious rumors that are intended to harm his reputation and career.”
The statement does not state precisely how the rumor was intended to harm his reputation and career. Still, it cannot be denied that the optics of the Sleepy Hollow (1999) star dating a person forty years younger than him are probably not great, particularly in light of his very public former relationships.