Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas to divorce

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The world of celebrity is in shock as actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas announce the end of their 18-year marriage. For years they were among Hollywood’s hottest couples, with Antonio publicly supporting his wife’s treatments for addiction and both supporting charitable causes.

Melanie has filed for divorce in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences for the split. A mutual statment released by the couple said: ‘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 actors were married in May 1996 and have a 17-year-old daughter together. Melanie, 56, is seeking support from her spouse, but is willing to pay her own attorney fees, her filing shows.

The actress, who has a tattoo of Antonio’s name in a heart on her right shoulder, signed the divorce petition on May 30 but did not specify the date of their separation.

Melanie has been married four times, including twice to Miami Vice actor Don Johnson. Antonio has one previous marriage. We take a look back at their long liaison.

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