Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas have split up after 18 years of marriage. On June 6, 2014, Yahoo! Celebrity reported that Griffith filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences" and that she is "asking for spousal support, child support, and sole physical and joint legal custody of their daughter, Stella," who turns 18 in September 2014. After Stella turns 18, neither parent is legally required to financially support her. According to the Associated Press: "Griffith, who has a tattoo of Banderas' first name in a heart on her right shoulder, signed the divorce petition on May 30 but did not specify the date of their separation."
Like many celebrity couples, Griffith (who is 56) and Banderas (who is 53) fell in love while working together. They were filming the romantic comedy "Two Much" (which was released in 1995) when they began their affair while still married to other people. Griffith was married to Don Johnson (who was her first and third husband), while Banderas was married to his first wife Ana Leza, who is also an actress. Griffith has two other children from her other marriages: son Alexander Bauer (whose father is Griffith's second husband, Stephen Bauer) and daughter Dakota Johnson (whose father is Don Johnson).
"Two Much" was a flop with audiences and critics. Griffith and Banderas also worked together in the 1999 movie "Crazy in Alabama," which starred Griffith and was directed by Banderas, who was not in the movie. Before their breakup, the former couple filmed the sci-fi film "Automata," which will be released in 2014 on a date to be announced.
Banderas and Griffith got married on May 14, 1996, within a month of their divorces from their respective previous spouses being finalized. At the time Griffith and Banderas got married, Griffith was the bigger star, but her career has since gone downhill. Within five years of their marriage, Banderas became an A-list actor and a bigger star, in large part to his role as Puss in Boots in the blockbuster animated "Shrek" movies and because of his starring role in the "Spy Kids" films.
Griffith comes from a showbiz family: Her mother is actress Tippi Hedren, who is best known for starring in the Alfred Hitchock movie "The Birds." Griffith and Banderas have candidly told the media about her battle with substance abuse, which she had even before she met Banderas. Tabloids have predicted over the years that the marriage would end in divorce, and now that prediction is becoming a reality.