Paul McCartney pays tribute to Johnny Depp during Glastonbury set

Paul McCartney has used his headlining set at the iconic Glastonbury festival to pay tribute to his friend Johnny Depp.

As the former Beatle performed the song “My Valentine,” a black-and-white video of Depp – in the song’s original music video – was projected onto the screen.

The choice appears to be a show of support and solidarity for Depp, who was recently involved in a six-week high-profile libel suit against his ex-wife Amber heard.

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He didn’t speak directly about the trial, but the crowd cheered when Depp’s image appeared on the screen.

This is not the first time the singer has referred to Depp on stage this year – in May he showed the same images during a concert on his Get back tour before the verdict of the trial was determined.

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The images themselves show the pirates of the caribbean star with Natalie Portmanwhile he plays the guitar and translates the lyrics into sign language.

The image of Johnny Depp during the set of Paul McCartney (Twitter)

McCartney, 80, has made history with his performance as the oldest act ever at the festival.

Some people on social media have criticized McCartney’s support for Depp. “Imagine how hard it is to explain to a 14-year-old boy, who sees a lot of life through TikTok, that Johnny Depp is probably not the idol he’s being portrayed,” one wrote.

“I would. And then Paul McCartney, one of his heroes, blows his image at Glastonbury.”

Johnny Depp and Paul McCartney have been friends for decades: the actor starred in several of McCartney’s music videos. (Getty)

Others have pointed out that female performers at the festival have used their sets to discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling overturning legal abortions.

“On stage one, Megan Thee Stallion encourages the audience to yell ‘my body, my mom, f*ng choice,’” someone shared on Twitter. “On the other stage, Paul McCartney shows a video of Johnny Depp.”

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Olivia Rodrigo dedicated the song “F — You” to the Supreme Court, Phoebe Bridgers led her audience in a chant of “f — the Supreme Court,” and Billie Eilish told the crowd “today is a very, very dark day for women in the US”.

McCartney brought onstage special guests for his performance: Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl. He also honored his late bandmate John Lennon and performed with George Harrison’s ukulele.

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