Johnny Depp hosts memorial dinner for late mother

Actor Johnny Depp has hosted a memorial dinner for his late mother

Actor Johnny Depp has hosted a memorial dinner for his late mother.

The 53-year-old was joined by his daughter, Lily-Rose, 17 and his son, John Christopher, 14, as he paid tribute to his mother, Betty Sue Palmer here on Wednesday, reports etonline.com.

“A small group of close family and friends came in to have dinner and laugh and share memories of Johnny’s mom. People in his party referred to it as ‘a celebration of her life’,” a source said.

Betty Sue Palmer died at the age of 81 on May 20 following a long illness.

Depp had a close relationship with his mother. The 52-year-old actor has a tattoo of her name, “Betty Sue,” inside a heart on his left upper arm that he reportedly got in the late ‘80s, and in 1995, he purchased a 43-acre Kentucky farm for his mother, spending nearly $1 million.

In a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Depp spoke about his mother’s difficult upbringing.

“My mother was raised in a shack, in the wilds of Appalachia, where the toilet was an outhouse,” he said at the time. “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.”

“She’d come from nothing but hillbillies and she said, ‘OK, here’s the deal. Next time anybody puts their hands on you, pick up a brick and lay them out’. And I’ve taken that advice ever since,” he told Nottingham Post in November 2015.

Three days after Palmer’s death, Depp’s wife Amber Heard, 30, filed for divorce claiming that her decision to file for divorce was prompted by Depp’s physically attacking her with an iPhone, leaving her with a bruised eye.