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Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas

Irreconciliable Differences Wins Again


Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith

Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith on November 30, 2006 in Madrid, Spain.

Photo: Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images

Rumors about difficulties in the marriage of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas in 2002 started again when Melanie entered rehab in August 2009, but Antonio, saying he was proud of Melanie, dismissed any reports about problems in their marriage. In 2012, rumors concerning Banderas' infidelity surfaced. Then in June 2014, Melanie filed for divorce.

Marriage Fast Facts - Antonio and Melanie
Met: 1995
Married: May 14, 1996
Divorce Filed: June 6, 2014
First Marriage: No.

Did You Know?

They tried not to work when they were living in Spain.


Melanie Griffith: August 9, 1957 in New York City, New York.

Antonio Banderas aka José Antonio Domínguez Banderas: August 10, 1960 in Malaga, Spain.

How Melanie and Antonio Met:

When Antonio and Melanie met on the set of the movie Two Much in 1995, she said it was love at first sight.

Wedding Date:

Melanie and Antonio had a whirlwind romance. The New York Times reported that Melanie and Antonio were married on May 14, 1996 in "a private, low-key ceremony at the Westminster register office in London."


On June 6, 2014, Melanie Griffith cited irreconciliable differences as  the reason for filing for divorce from Antonio Banderas. They were married for 18 years. 


  • Alexander Bauer: Born in 1985.
  • Dakota Mayi Johnson: Born in 1989 in Texas.
  • Stella del Carmen Banderas: Born in 1996 in Spain.


Melanie: Actress, model.

Antonio: Actor, director, producer, and entrepreneur.


Antonio and Melanie have homes in Aspen, Colorado, Marbella, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.

Antonio: “Melanie and I have two lives, a professional one that we developed in Los Angeles -- apart from which it’s the city where Melanie was raised, and the other, more familial, in our house in Spain where we live when we don’t work.”
Source: TheBiographyChannel.co.uk.

Previous Marriages:

Melanie had three previous marriages, two to actor Don Johnson.

  • Don Johnson: Don and Melanie met on the set of the movie The Harrad Experiment when she was fourteen years old. Don was eight years older than Melanie. They married on January 8, 1976 and divorced in July 1976. They later reconciled, married again on June 26, 1989 and divorced in February 1996.
  • Steven Bauer: Melanie and Steven met on the set of She's in the Army Now and married on September 8, 1981. They divorced in 1987.

Antonio had one previous marriage.

  • Ana Leza: Antonio and actress Ana Leza were married on July 27, 1987 at the Church of San Nicolas in Madrid, Spain. Their marriage lasted until 1996 when the couple divorced.

Quotes About the Marriage of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas:

Antonio: "There were people who literally didn't give us more than six months!" Banderas, 49, tells ¡Hola!. "But we love each other, and above all we love our family. We've figured out how to get past obstacles … and if you get past those, you only get stronger."
Source: Michelle Tauber. "Melanie Griffith No Longer Feeding the 'Monster' of Addiction." People.com. 4/21/2010.

Antonio: "I just say to families, 'Don't get embarrassed, just confront this problem head-on. And don't hide from that because there is a beautiful gift at the end of this tunnel, and it is the person that you love back, and that is what I am searching for. So the whole entire family is supporting her, and I am supporting her, and at this particular time more than ever. I'm very proud of her."
Source: "Banderas Talks About Griffith's Return to Rehab." SFGate.com. 9/09/2009.

Melanie: "My husband and family supported me so much through this journey and continue to do so."
Source: Eunice Oh. "Melanie Griffith's Struggle With Addiction." People.com 8/26/2009.

Antonio: "I admired Melanie before I loved her."
Source: ThinkExist.com.

Antonio about Melanie having more plastic surgery: "This lust for beauty is a terrible thing. I've forbidden her from ever going to a cosmetic surgeon again. It's something we have agreed to for the sake of our marriage."
Source: "Banderas Forbids Griffith's Cosmetic Surgery." ContactMusic.com. 6/04/2004. This quote was disputed by Melanie Griffith in January 2003.

Melanie: "Angelina Jolie may get him in bed for eight hours on a movie set, but I get him in bed everyday."
Source: TheBiographyChannel.com.

Antonio: "Melanie is more of a disciplinarian with the little girl than me, probably because it's my first baby. She gets everything easy from Papa. I am more weak. She takes advantage of me."
Source: BrainyQuote.com

Melanie: "He [Antonio] asked me how old I was, that was the first thing he said to me."
Source: Larry King. Interview with Melanie Griffith. Cnn.com. 11/22/2002.

Antonio: "To be married in our profession is not an easy thing, as there are too many beautiful people around, very interesting people. It's just a matter of really being patient and probably having the capacity and the faith of falling in love with your own wife again, which happened to me. It's almost like a fire that you just feed with little pieces of wood, little by little, and then if you cross a certain line around the sixth, seventh, eighth year, everything becomes easier. We are now actually living a beautiful time together rediscovering amounts of things that are not probably related to passion, but to some things that are more mature, that start driving us to maturity in a nice way. I don't know how to explain it actually, but it's a feeling and more a sense that goes to family, which is cool."
Source: Paul Fischer. Antonio Banderas. CrankyCritic.com.


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