Johnny Depp Accepts 2017 People's Choice Award

Johnny Depp publicly referenced his divorce from Amber Heard and the domestic abuse allegations for the first time at the People’s Choice Awards 2017 on Wednesday night.

“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,” 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.”

“I was very deeply affected by the kindness of your recognition and the well wishes to my family which is why it’s especially meaningful to be here in front of you to thank you.

“And I truly feel that need to say thank you. We know none of us especially me wouldn’t be standing here tonight if it wasn’t for you.”

He then also paid tribute to his beloved mother Betty Sue who passed away last May at the age of 81.

"Give 'em hell Betty Sue," he shared beore walking off stage.

On Jan. 13, a judge ended Depp and Heard's marriage after months of back-and-forth between the two stars over the final terms of their breakup. The judge had denied Depp’s request to impose a $100,000 sanction on Heard for allegedly delaying the proceeding. Depp will also pay $500,000 toward Heard’s legal fees, according to court papers.

-Devashree Goenka