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Amber Heard beats Johnny Depp, Elon Musk and others to become Google's most searched celeb of 2022

Presumably due to her high-profile court battle with her ex, 36-year-old Amber topped the list as the most searched A-lister of 2022
Amber Heard soared past Johnny Depp and Elon Musk to become Google's most-searched celeb of 2022 (Noam Galai/Win McNamee/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Amber Heard soared past Johnny Depp and Elon Musk to become Google's most-searched celeb of 2022 (Noam Galai/Win McNamee/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Amber Heard was named the top celebrity in 2022, according to research by the Hollywood news website CelebTattler, which examined data from Google search trends. The 36-year-old actress tops the list of the most searched celebrities of 2022 with an average of 5.6 million searches per month in the US, likely due to her public legal battle with her ex. The ex in question, Johnny Depp, naturally came in second with 5.5 million monthly searches.

It's understandable that the ex-flame topped the charts given the trial wristband hype, popular TikToks, and relationship rumors, as the two are still competing even in online search results. Heard was the most searched celebrity overall, while 34 of the 50 states had the most searches for the 'Into the woods' star.


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Amber Heard feels that the loss from her lawsuit against Johnny Depp should be covered by her $1 million insurance policy. (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images, Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
Amber Heard's ex-flame Johnny Depp ranked a close second as Google's most-searched celebrity after the bombshell defamation trial (Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images, Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Although a spokesperson from CelebTattler told The NY Post in a statement, “This year has certainly not been lacking when it comes to celebrity news stories, whether it be Elon Musk taking over Twitter or the ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ behind the scenes drama." As Kim Kardashian, Elon Musk, Tom Brady, Pete Davidson, and even the late Queen Elizabeth II, who took third place, came after the ex-spouses.

Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian attend the 2022 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at Washington Hilton on April 30, 2022 in Washington, DC.
Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian ranked third following their breakup (Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

After seven decades on the throne, Britain's longest-reigning monarch died in September at the age of 96, prompting 4.3 million Google queries every month for the entire year. Tom Brady, a great quarterback, was the fourth most sought celebrity and the A-list athlete with the most Google searches in 2022. Brady's search volume was 4.06 million per month, which may have been impacted by his unforeseen divorce from his ex-supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen, or his on-again, off-again relationship with the NFL. 

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks with staff during a visit to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down science park on October 15, 2020 near Salisbury, England. The Queen and the Duke of Cambridge visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) where they were to view displays of weaponry and tactics used in counter intelligence, a demonstration of a Forensic Explosives Investigation and meet staff who were involved in the Salisbury Novichok incident. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness also formally opened the new Energetics Analysis Centre.
Late Queen Elizabeth is the third most-searched Googled celeb (Ben Stansall /Getty Images)
Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on during pregame warm-ups prior to a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Raymond James Stadium on October 27, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
Tom Brady is Google's third most-searched celeb following his divorce with Gisele Bundchen (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Following the monarch and the footballer, Kim Kardashian and her ex-beau Pete Davidson came in at positions five and six, respectively. In 2022, 3.4 million searches per month were made on Google for the mother of four who stirred up controversy by attending the Met Gala wearing an original Marilyn Monroe gown. On the other hand, Pete Davidson draws attention to his current flame, supermodel Emily Ratajkowski. Davidson, who had a monthly average of 3.2 million, may get even more clicks by the end of the year.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk during a T-Mobile and SpaceX joint event on August 25, 2022 in Boca Chica Beach, Texas. The two companies announced plans to work together to provide T-Mobile cellular service using Starlink satellites.
Elon Musk ranked amongst top-3 most-searched celebs of 2022 (Michael Gonzalez/Getty Images)
Actor Will Smith attends the Warner Bros. Pictures'
Will Smith was ranked 8th following Oscars Slapgate (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Elon Musk, a close friend of Ye's and the contentious new owner of Twitter, came in eighth on the list with 3.19 million US Google searches per month. Who could ever forget the historic Oscars Slapgate, which was broadcast worldwide? With just 3,15 million monthly searches behind Musk, Will Smith came in eighth on the list. 

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Millie Bobby Brown is Google's 9th most-searched celeb of 2022 (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Millie Bobby Brown of 'Stranger Things' and Zendaya placed ninth and tenth, respectively. Google searches for the two young female symbols totaled 2.78 million and 2.71 million.

Zendaya, winner of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for “Euphoria,” poses in the press room during the 74th Primetime Emmys at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
Zendaya is Google's 9th most-searched celeb of 2022  (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

“This study offers a fascinating insight into which celebrities have had the biggest impact on the American people and it will be interesting to see if these search figures rise or fall in 2023,” the CelebTattler spokesperson said.