We’ve been hearing plenty of stories lately about how Melanie Griffith’s husband of 16 years, Antonio Banderas, has been stepping out on her. I honestly didn’t want to believe them at first because Antonio has been so sweet to Melanie and their daughter, Stella, 11, over the years. I still remember how he gushed about Melanie to Hello! Magazine, and how he defended her when she went to rehab. All that may be ancient history when it comes to their relationship. According to The Enquirer, Antonio’s cheating is taking a predictable toll and they’re on the brink of divorce. Their estimated net worth is $50 million, with Antonio’s career of course the hotter of the two, especially as of late.
The tension between Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith is nearing a crisis point over fears that he’s cheating – and pals say the Hollywood power couple is now on the bring of a $50 million divorce!
And while Melanie was the bigger star when the A-listers married 16 years ago, sources say Antonio could walk away with half their fortune and wind up ahead because his earning power has soared while Melanie’s has plummeted.
“There’s a lot of money at stake,” a family friend told The Enquirer. “Melanie’s a mess. Not only is in jeopardy of losing the love of her life, but her career is in the toilet while Antonio’s star is continuing to rise…
“I think Melanie’s self esteem hit an all time low and she believed Antonio was torturing her [by openly flirting with other women],” the friend continued. “For years, it as if she’s been consumed with jealousy over his flirting and outspoken love for beautiful women.
“I don’t think Melanie can live with the constant fear that he might cheat…
“Melanie’s a dirty divorce veteran,” said the source. “But a split from Antonio could very well be the nastiest. There’s a lot of money at stake – and a lot of emotion.”
[From The National Enquirer, print edition, June 25, 2012]
Melanie seems crazy about Antonio. (I think it’s the big “Antonio” tattoo that convinces me, although tattoos often last much longer than marriages. She also hangs all over him in photo ops.) I’m still hoping that it’s not true that Antonio has been cheating and/or they can patch it up and work things out. They just seem suited for each other, and like they were pulling for each other. Damn. It’s sad for me to consider that they might be kaput. I don’t know why I like them so much together, but it may have something to do with Melanie’s obvious fragility, and how Antonio came across like he was protective and loving of her. He really opened up a lot to the press about their relationship, and that’s rare. He may have been full of crap, or things may have changed quit a bit for them since.
In other news about these two, they just donated over $100,000 to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, along with gifting needed medical equipment to the facility. I found this story after I wrote all that about worrying about them, so maybe they’re fine. They have also spent time at the hospital volunteering together as a family with their daughter, Stella, and recently hosted a party at their home to honor other benefactors. So that’s a good sign and such a nice way to give back to the community. This story gives me hope for them.
Melanie is shown on 6-7-12 at an event honoring Shirley Maclaine. Antonio is shown at Formula One in Monaco on 5-27 and in Cannes on 5-24. He’s shown with Melanie on 1-5-12 and at the Oscars on 2-26-12
Written by Celebitchy
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