It would be an understatement to say that Johnny Depp doted on his beloved mother, Betty Sue Palmer, who died earlier this week. Not only did the superstar take his mother as his date to countless major Hollywood functions, he also spent lavishly on her as well tattooing her name inside of a heart on his left arm.

Palmer, who had been ailing for some time, died in the morning hours Friday, May 20. She was 81. Only days later would Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, file for divorce after 15 months of marriage. But I digress.


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Depp had an especially close relationship with his mother, who was a frequent guest of the actor at various Hollywood functions over the years. In 2004, Palmer accompanied her son to the Academy Awards when he was nominated for best actor for his role in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. In 2012, Palmer was reportedly admitted to the ICU at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. And in 2014, Depp was spotted taking Palmer and Heard out for New Year’s Eve dinner. “It was obvious that Johnny was at dinner with his two favorite ladies,” an observer at Ago Restaurant in West Hollywood told PEOPLE at the time. “He seemed very, very happy.”Depp has been candid about how his difficult upbringing forged a close relationship with his mom. “My mother was raised in a shack, in the wilds of Appalachia, where the toilet was an outhouse,” he said in a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone. “She used to say she did the same things that her mom did – and her mom certainly didn’t know any better. With my kids, they’re told 75 times a day that they’re loved. One thing I know is they feel loved and secure and happy and needed and necessary and a part of something.” h/t people

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In 1995 he spent nearly $1 million on a 43-acre Kentucky farm for Palmer, according to ET.