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It has been confirmed that Griffith has filed for divorce from Banderas! Namely, the couple issued a statement concerning their split:
“We have thoughtfully and consensually decided to finalize our almost twenty years marriage in a loving and friendly manner honoring and respecting each other, our family and friends and the beautiful time we have spent together – Melanie & Antonio”
The famous couple has been married for 18 years and have a daughter Stella.
Griffith has cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce. She is also asking for spousal support.
This is Melanie’s fourth divorce. She was married to Don Johnson in 1976 for six months before they split. She then married Steven Bauer, in 1982. The two were married for five years and had a son, Alexander. Griffith then remarried Johnson and they had a daughter together. They finally broke up in 1994. And that’s when Melanie met Antonio.
Banderas was still married to Ana Leza when he fell in love with Grifith. However, he and Leza were separated at the time.
After both their divorces finalized, Antonio and Melanie got married on May 14, 1996.
Now it seems as if it’s truly the end of an era since they decided to separate. They were one of Hollywood’s longest lasting couples.