Johnny Depp Thanks Fans for Standing by Him at People’s Choice Awards 2017 in First Public Appearance Since Divorce

Pulling a Brad Pitt! Johnny Depp thanked his fans for their support while making his first postdivorce public appearance at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday, January 18. Accepting the award for Favorite Movie Icon, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 53, spoke candidly about his fans standing by him through thick and thin. Watch his emotional speech in the clip above.

“I came here for one reason tonight and one reason only — I love you too, kid, thanks. I came here for you, the people who through whatever good times or bad, you know, have stood by me, trusted me. Thank you,” a somewhat solemn Depp told the crowd at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. “You very, very graciously invited me here once again tonight. So I appreciate that very much. You have no idea how much I appreciate it.”