Melanie Griffith & Antonio Banderas announce shocking split

Actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas Jr. are divorcing after a whopping 18 years of marriage.

In a shocking move, Melanie Griffith has filed for divorce from Antonio Banderas Jr. after 18 years of marriage.

Documents submitted by famed celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser in Los Angeles show that Griffith is the petitioner, and do not list a date of separation or any reason for the split other than “irreconcilable differences.” Griffith is asking for child support and sole physical and joint legal custody, despite the fact that couple’s only child turns 18 in September.

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She is also asking for spousal support. TMZ reports the breakup is “amicable,” and that the only complication will be splitting the couple’s various properties both domestic and in Spain.

Griffith and Banderas wed in 1996 after meeting on the set of the movie Two Much. The actress has long struggled with addiction, admitting to cocaine and alcohol dependency in the ’90s. She went to rehab in 2000 for a painkiller addiction and returned in 2009 for three months for what her publicist referred to as “part of a routine plan.

“She is there to reinforce her commitment to stay healthy,” spokeswoman Robin Baum told the Associated Press. “This is part of a routine plan that was designed between her and her doctors years ago.”

Despite rumors that the couple was splitting two years ago, Banderas continued to support Griffith through her struggles with chemical dependency.

“Overcoming addictions is tough but it can be made easier if you have someone that can offer support,” she wrote on her now-defunct website. “My husband and family supported me so much through this journey and continue to do so.”

The split marks Griffith’s fourth divorce and Banderas’ second. She was previously married to Steve Bauer and twice to actor Don Johnson, with whom she has a daughter, Dakota Johnson of the upcoming flick Fifty Shades of Grey. Banderas was previously wed to Ana Leza.

Reps for the couple have yet to comment.


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