It feels like it’s the summer of divorce, right? Celebrities are either splitting, finalizing their divorces or just doing it all in one go, as we saw with Blake and Miranda. In this case, Melanie Griffith, 57, and Antonio Banderas, 54, have finalized their divorce and signed the papers a year after they announced a breakup. This story is getting to me a little, because I’ve followed them for so long and because Antonio and Melanie are striving to remain friendly with each other. They just attended their daughter Stella’s high school graduation along with other family members. Melanie Instagrammed some photos that make it look like they all got along great. Plus Antonio had only nice things to say about Melanie, as he’s done throughout their relationship. I’m sad!
Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas have reportedly taken the final step toward ending their 18-year marriage more than a year after their split.
The duo reportedly signed their divorce papers and are now just waiting for a judge to sign off to make it official, according to TMZ, which first reported the news.
“It’s been over for a while,” a source close to Banderas tells PEOPLE. “There’s not a lot of drama with the two of them. They’re at the point where they can be civil to each other. They’re doing this in a healthy way. I know that Antonio is looking forward to the next chapter in his life.”
The recent signing took place well after the longtime couple first announced their split in June of last year, issuing a joint statement explaining their decision to end their “almost twenty-year marriage in a loving and friendly manner honoring and respecting each other, our family and friends and the beautiful time we have spent together…”
This was a fourth marriage for Griffith and a second for Banderas, who in January told a Spanish-language publication the former couple are still on good terms.
“We’re going to keep seeing each other,” he said. “We will continue. The family isn’t dead, not at all.”
I went through Melanie Griffith’s Instagram account and she posts a lot of sweet throwback pictures, quotes and current photos from her life. She’s also friendly with her first ex husband, Don Johnson, with whom she has daughter Dakota.
There was one quote that Melanie posted that cracked me up. She seems to be taking a dig at her ex’s new girlfriend. (The last we heard Banderas was dating a 30-something Dutch investment consultant.) She posted this at the end of December, right around the time Antonio was getting serious (and getting papped) with his new girlfriend.
Ha, damn girl! Well Melanie is officially single now. Maybe we’ll see her step out with someone new soon. I still wish they could have made it work, I really liked them together.
The photos below of Melanie and Antonio are from March, 2014 and November, 2013. Credit: WENN.com