Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas have had their ups and downs over the years, but they are have been of the staple A-list couples in Hollywood. The two have reportedly called it quits and we’ve got all the sad details.
1. Griffith Filed for Divorce
Banderas and Griffith have been married for 18 years, but the couple has unfortunately thrown in the towel. Griffith filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. TMZ reports:
The divorce is amicable. As for dividing property, we’re told it’s a little complicated … they have lots of real estate, both in the U.S. and Spain.
2. Even Though Their Daughter Turns 18 in the Fall, Griffith Wants Full Custody
Stella Banderas turns 18 years old in September, but Griffith is requesting for physical custody. According to TMZ:
In the docs — filed by disso-queen Laura Wasser — Griffith is asking for child support and sole physical and joint legal custody, although it’s pretty much moot — Stella, their only child together, turns 18 in September.
Daughter Stella actually appeared onscreen with mother Melanie Griffith in the movie Crazy in Alabama, which was also Antonio Banderas’ directorial debut.
3. The Divorce Is Amicable, But Griffith Wants Spousal Support
A date of separation wasn’t listed on the divorce documents, but it was written that Griffith is requesting spousal support.
Griffith has a rather large tattoo of “Antonio” inside a heart on her upper-right arm.
4. Drugs and Infidelity Rumors Have Rocked the Couple’s Relationship Over the Years
In the past, Banderas has been reported as cheating on Griffith. Most recently, last month allegations came out as well. Celeb Dirty Laundry writes:
Melanie’s still in Los Angeles while Antonio has been having cozy dinner dates with random brunettes on the French Riviera. A source tells the National Enquirer, “Melanie saw the pictures, and she’s both furious and heartbroken.” This ‘cozy’ dinner reportedly came three days after Antonio’s and Melanie’s 18th wedding anniversary, which probably just adds to the insult.
As Banderas faced numerous cheating allegations over the years, wife Griffith struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism.
5. This Is Griffith’s Fourth Divorce
This is Griffith’s fourth divorce and Banderas’ second. Griffith was married twice to Don Johnson and also to Steve Bauer. Banderas was previously married to Ana Leza, but they divorced because of an affair he was having with Griffith. Wikipedia reports:
Banderas married his first wife, Ana Leza, on 27 July 1987. They separated in May 1995 when he began a relationship with actress Melanie Griffith while shooting Two Much. Banderas and Leza divorced in April 1996, and one month later, on 14 May 1996, he married Griffith in a private, low-key ceremony in London.