Antonio Banderas breaks silence on divorce from Melanie Griffith

hellomagazine.com Antonio Banderas has spoken for the first time about his separation from Melanie Griffith. The Spanish hunk wanted to make it clear there will always be a place in his heart for the American actress, saying he would always love her.

The Mask of Zorro star was asked about the split on Spanish TV while promoting Automata, a science fiction film in which she also has a part.

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Melanie Griffith filed for divorce last June

He replied: "It's been an intense year... Life goes on. I admire and respect for Melanie first and foremost as a great actress. I have always said that. That's why she's in the movie.

"And she's also the person that I loved, that I love and will always love."


Melanie, 57, applied for a divorce last June after nearly 20 years of marriage and began the process of removing a tattoo of her ex's name from her arm. She spent Christmas enjoying a snowy getaway in Aspen with friends and the couple's daughter Stella.

Although it's clear that he is still on her mind as earlier this month she posted a throwback picture of the two of them together with Stella.

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Antonio Banderas is now dating Nicole Kimpel

Meanwhile, the 54-year-old has moved on with a Dutch girlfriend, who is thought to be 20 years his junior, Nicole Kimpel.

On his chat show appearance, the presenter wrapped up the interview by saying: You are lucky to have fallen in love again. So all the best. I hope you are happy and Melanie too." To which the actor replied: "Thank you very much".

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