Antonio Banderas On Ex-Wife Melanie Griffith: "I Will Love Her Until The Day I Die"
Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith have been through many years of pure love but also terrible struggle. Although divorced, they still have undying respect and devotion to each other. That's something we don't often see in separated Hollywood couples.
20 years of love and support
Banderas and Griffith met while filming Two Much (1995). Both were married to other people but promptly got divorces in 1996 to tie the knot the same year. Melanie had a son, Alexander, from her first marriage, and a daughter, Dakota, with her second husband, famous actor Don Johnson.
Spanish actor accepted Melanie's children as his own, and the two had their only daughter, Stella, in 1996. It seemed like nothing bad could ever happen to the happy family, but Griffith's demons never let go.
Melanie was suffering from addiction to painkillers. She had to go to rehab in 2000 and 2009. Antonio was supporting his wife throughout all her struggles. He made sure to tell everyone how proud he's of her for getting a proper help.
Unfortunately, the couple divorced in 2015 citing personal differences. They let everyone know that their split was done "in a loving and friendly manner.", as most couples say. But in the case of Antonio and Melanie, it might be very true.
In one of the recent interviews, Antonio Banderas reflected on his separation from Griffith and spoke of his ex-wife with great admiration.
Even if we are divorced, she is my family and I will love her until the day I die. We have been in contact all these years and we managed to do a separation that is very elegant.
The love of these two was clearly very real, and it's something that would be hard to let go of. Antonio and Melanie keep their relationship warm partially for their kids' sake.
Our kids are enjoying that and that is very important for both of us. Our kids are priority number one.
Melanie once said that it had been hard for her to adjust to single life, but her kids are great solace. Who knows, maybe, one day, these two lovebirds will find their way back to each other.