Antonio Banderas ‘living separate life’

Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas reportedly began to live “his own life” away from Melanie Griffith in the lead up to their split.

On Friday it was revealed the actress had filed for divorce from her husband after 18 years together. They met during filming of their 1995 comedy movie Too Much and have 17-year-old daughter Stella together.

It has already been claimed they had fallen out of love a while ago, but it seems Antonio and Melanie had other problems contributing to their breakup.

“The split is not something new and out of the blue, they have had issues for years,” a source told People. “The fights and separations got to be too much.

“He has always led an international life and during the times they were apart for business or film work, he began to live his own life away from her.”

Both parties insisted their divorce is to be conducted in a “loving and friendly manner”. A second source close to the couple claims they worked hard at their marriage and that news of them going their separate ways is a shock.

“They would talk on the phone four, five times a day,” the other insider added. “They seemed to make it work.

“It’s very sad. They had a solid relationship for so many years.”

Melanie also has daughter Dakota Johnson with her ex-husband Don Johnson and son Alexander Bauer with former spouse Steven Bauer.

Melanie appeared to hint at troubles in her marriage to the handsome Spaniard weeks before news of their divorce broke. She cited irreconcilable differences in the paperwork and seemed to question her nuptials on Twitter beforehand.

“Who believes in marriage and why? Or why not?” she posted to her followers.

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