Bad news to kick off your weekend, everyone: Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas are getting divorced! They’ve been married for 18 years and have kept a pretty low profile throughout (always the secret to a healthier relationship in Hollywood), but alas, even keeping their privacy intact wasn’t enough to save their relationship, and Melanie filed for divorce this week.
Griffith’s legal docs cite irreconcilable differences as the reason for ending her 18-year marriage.
In the docs — filed by disso-queen Laura Wasser — Griffith is asking for child support and sole physical and joint legal custody, although it’s pretty much moot — Stella, their only child together, turns 18 in September.
Griffith is also asking for spousal support.
The legal docs do not list the date of separation.
Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ … the divorce is amicable. As for dividing property, we’re told it’s a little complicated … they have lots of real estate, both in the U.S. and Spain.
This is Griffith’s 4th divorce. She was twice married to Don Johnson and also married to Steve Bauer.
It’s Banderas’ second divorce.
Shame, but I suppose shit happens. I don’t know why I particularly thought they were going to go the long haul considering I I have never thought much about them either way – they just seemed to be together for ages, and they’ve been through so much! Ah, well.
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Over the holidays, Melanie Griffith was spotted in Colorado wearing some unusual headgear. And I’m just, uuuugggghhhh, how does Antonio Banderas even do it. (I hope Melanie takes her hat off first. Ha, ha.)
But then I got to thinking. I thought, “Hey, that hat isn’t so bad.”
Then I thought, you know what? I’m finished with gossip. I’m totally finished with writing! I am going to become a world-famous fashion designer. No! I’m going to become a hatmaker! Just like Philip Treacy! And I will only sell my art to rich celebrity patrons. Patrons like Melanie Griffith.
Here is my first design; how lucky are you! What do you think? Is my business going to take off, or what?
Do you love it? What, you don’t love it? Wait! Don’t go! I have other designs, too.
Melanie Griffith has checked into Cirque Lodge in Utah. It worked so well for Lindsay Lohan, I can’t wait to see what magic it works on our gal Mel. Melanie Griffith is an interesting drunk. Like, I’ve always known that she’s a coke head lush but she manages to not embarrass herself in public very often and I don’t think she has any DUIs. She flies under the radar.
Her publicist released the statement that all publicists say, regarding their clients: That Melanie elected to enter into rehab just as a checkup on her ongoing sobriety. At a cost of $30,000 a month, natch.
Star magazine also cited another source that claimed Melanie’s husband, Antonio Banderas, was behind the trip to Cirque. “He told her that if she didn’t get the help she needed it would be the end of their marriage.”
Whether for her own health, to save her marriage or to just, ahem, keep tabs on her sobriety, I hope Melanie gets the help she needs and climbs back on that wagon.