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Friday
Jun062014

Melanie Griffith Files for Divorce from Antonio Banderas

Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas are set to divorce after 18 years of marriage, according to paperwork obtained by TMZ.

"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," the couple told ABC News in a statement.

According to the document, Griffith filed the paperwork, citing irreconcilable differences. She asked for joint custody of the couple's daughter, Stella, who will turn 18 in September, though she petitioned for primary physical custody. She also asked for spousal support.

Griffith, 56, and Banderas, 53, fell in love on the set of Two Much in 1995, when both were married to other people. Around that time, Griffith filed for divorce from actor Don Johnson, with whom she has a daughter, Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson, 23. Meanwhile, Banderas simultaneously split from his wife of nine years, actress Ana Leza.

The following year, they married and welcomed Stella. Griffith also has a son, Alexander, from a previous marriage to Steven Bauer.

The couple withstood several hardships, including Griffith's two trips to rehab for a painkiller addition and her skin cancer scare in 2009. They were photographed together as recently as March in Los Angeles.

A rep for the couple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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