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Lily-Rose Depp shows rare PDA with 070 Shake after ‘The Idol’ backlash – TheFantasyTimes

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Lily-Rose Depp shows rare PDA with 070 Shake after ‘The Idol’ backlash

Lily-Rose Depp has returned to social media after a period of absence, prompted by the backlash she received from her involvement in “The Idol.” To mark her comeback, the 24-year-old actress posted flirty pictures with her girlfriend, 070 Shake, on Instagram. The series of photos, captured by @zorasicher and @jenny.shoo.pumps, show Depp and the musician, whose real name is Danielle Balbuena, in various intimate poses. In one image, they are seen sitting on a bus with their arms around each other, while another picture shows Depp hanging upside down from Shake’s shoulders. A third photo features Depp wearing a spiked denim bra, lying on top of Balbuena as they cuddle in bed. In response to the post, Shake commented with male and female zombie emojis.

Depp confirmed her relationship with 070 Shake in May with a passionate kissing photo on her Instagram Story, captioned “4 MONTHS W MY CRUSH.” The couple, who apparently started dating in January, sparked rumors of their romance during Paris Fashion Week in February. Prior to this relationship, Depp had been linked to French rapper Yassine Stein, as well as actors Austin Butler and Timothée Chalamet.

The photoshoot with Balbuena comes shortly after the controversial end of the first season of “The Idol.” Depp, the star of the show, faced criticism for her frequent nudity throughout the series. The New York Times even described the show as a “Pornhub-Homepage odyssey,” while viewers accused it of being exploitative towards Depp. The series, co-created by Sam Levinson and The Weeknd, had previously been criticized for its depictions of “torture porn” and “rape fantasy.” Allegations of a toxic culture behind the scenes also emerged.

However, Depp defended the show and praised Levinson as the best director she had ever worked with, denying any claims of toxicity on set. Despite the backlash, Depp remained supportive of the project, acknowledging that it may not be for everyone. “The Idol” ended earlier than anticipated, with the fifth episode serving as the season finale, despite initial reports of a six-episode season.

In celebration of the season’s conclusion, Depp shared behind-the-scenes photos on her Instagram, thanking everyone involved in the show. Following this, she took a break from social media until her recent post with Shake.

Lily-Rose Depp ended her social media hiatus following an onslaught of backlash from “The Idol” by posting flirty photos with girlfriend 070 Shake.

Depp, 24, shared a series of photos with the musician, born Danielle Balbuena, to her Instagram Monday.

The actress captioned the post, “#PDA,” adding, “Me & prince charming by @zorasicher ❤️ & @jenny.shoo.pumps ❤️.”

In one photo, the rapper, 26, and Depp are seen with their arms around each other while sitting on a bus.

Another snap captures Depp topless as she dangles upside down from Shake’s shoulders.

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In a third photo, Depp is wearing a spiked denim bra, that looks two sizes too small, while lying on top of Balbuena as they cuddle in bed.

The “Escapism” artist responded in the comments section by posting a male and female zombie emoji.

The daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis confirmed she was dating 070 Shake in May.

“4 MONTHS W MY CRUSH,” Lily-Rose captioned a photo where she was seen passionately kissing Balbuena on her Instagram Story.

The pair, who evidently began dating in January, sparked romance rumors during this year’s Paris Fashion Week, which ran from Feb. 27 to March 7.


Lily-Rose Depp and 070 Shake.
“Me & prince charming,” Depp captioned the photos with 070 Shake.
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Lily-Rose previously dated French rapper Yassine Stein and was romantically linked to Austin Butler and Timothée Chalamet.

“The Idol” star shared the loved-up photoshoot with Balbuena nearly a month after staying under the radar as the Max show’s first season came to a controversial end.

Depp had been ridiculed for excessively flashing her breasts and butt throughout the series, which was co-created by “Euphoria” director Sam Levinson and The Weeknd. Meanwhile, the New York Times declared the show a “Pornhub-Homepage odyssey” and hoards of viewers claimed “The Idol” was “very exploitative” of Lily-Rose.


Lily-Rose Depp and 070 Shake.
The pair started dating in January.
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070 Shake.
“The Idol” star confirmed their relationship in May.
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“The Idol” was previously plagued by criticism when sources close to production told Rolling Stone that the series was filled with “torture porn” and “rape fantasy.” Sources also claimed there was a toxic culture behind the scenes.

However, Lily-Rose denied any claims of toxicity on set, telling The Post in a statement in March that Levinson was “the best director I have ever worked with” for “so many reasons.”

“Never have I felt more supported or respected in a creative space, my input and opinions more valued. Working with Sam is a true collaboration in every way — it matters to him, more than anything, not only what his actors think about the work, but how we feel performing it,” she said.


Lily-Rose Depp.
Her PDA-packed post marked the first time she has posted to her Instagram grid since Season 1 of “The Idol” ended.
Instagram/@lilyrose_depp

As each new episode premiered, the show continued to be ripped apart by viewers over its raunchy sex scenes and “disgusting” jokes. And a witness exclusively told TheFantasyTimes that Levinson ordered The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp to film a “disturbing” rape scene that was eventually cut from the final edit.

But Lily-Rose remained a stark defender of the project, telling Vogue Australia in June, “We know that we’re making something provocative and we are not shying away from that.”

She added, “It’s OK if this show isn’t for everyone and that’s fine.”


Lily-Rose Depp in "The Idol."
“The Idol” was deemed “rape fantasy” by critics and was dragged for its unnecessarily risqué sex scenes.
HBO

“The Idol” ended earlier than expected with the fifth and final episode airing on July 2 as the season finale despite reports initially claiming the season would be six episodes.

Lily-Rose celebrated the season’s end by posting a series of racy behind-the-scenes photos.

“That’s a wrap on season 1 of @theidol,” Lily-Rose captioned the photos shared on July 4. “Thank you all for watching, listening, laughing & crying with us.”


Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd in "The Idol."
She and her co-star, The Weeknd, have continuously defended the show.
HBO

She continued, “Thank you all for watching, listening, laughing & crying with us. Thank you to everyone-cast, crew, and everyone in between-who poured their hearts into making this show.

“Thank you Sam and Abel for the wildest, most beautiful journey of my life. & My idol family… I love you guys till the end of time ❤️Idol forever❤️.”

The “Fill the Void” singer then seemingly took a step back from the spotlight and didn’t post anything new to social media until Monday when she shared the photoshoot with 070 Shake.

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