Amber Heard Says She and Johnny Depp Will "Avoid" Australia After Dog Controversy

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Newly engaged couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrived at the Texas Film Awards together on Thursday, March 6. Heard, a native Texan, was honored with the Rising Star Award by The Austin Film Society.

She made the comment while promoting 'Magic Mike XXL' on Australian morning show 'Sunrise.'

Amber Heard said she and Johnny Depp will "avoid" Australia from now on following the heated controversy over the decision to bring their dogs into the country illegally. 

While promoting her new film Magic Mike XXL on Australian morning show Sunrise, Heard said, presumably in jest, that due to the politicization of the incident and the threats to put down their dogs made by local lawmakers, she and her husband would "avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, due to certain politicians."

She added: "I guess everyone tries to go for their 15 minutes [of fame], including some government officials.”

Heard was referring to Australia's Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce, who was most vocal in demanding that Depp's Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo "bugger off back to the United States" or face being euthanized.  

At the time of the controversy, Joyce said: "If you start letting movie stars — even though they've been the sexiest man alive twice — to come into our nation [with pets], then why don't we just break laws for everybody? They know our laws; abide by them."

Depp has been in Australia shooting the fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean. The shoot has been seemingly plagued by problems including a hand injury to Depp, a security alert and, of course, the dog controversy.