Stone denies Banderas romance

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone has denied that she is dating Antonio Banderas.

Reports arose on Thursday linking the Basic Instinct actress to the 53-year-old. But now Sharon has come forward and slammed the claims, stating she is a close friend of Antonio and his estranged wife Melanie Griffith.

“Antonio is a brother to me and Melanie has been with me for each and every birth of my three children,” the 56-year-old said in a statement. “They are my family. I find this salacious, unkind, unfounded reporting to be the typical pretence of what passes as ‘journalism’ today.”

Sharon was responding to reports that ran in British magazine Grazia. The publication claimed the couple were making plans for a summer getaway together.

“Antonio and Sharon have been great friends for years. They have always flirted outrageously, and now they’re closer than ever,” the magazine claimed. “It’s all very relaxed at the moment and they want to keep it quiet out of respect for Melanie, but there’s no denying the spark is there.”

The Shrek star and his Working Girl spouse filed for divorce on June 6 after 18 years of marriage. The couple have one daughter, Stella, 18, and in divorce papers, Melanie has asked for spousal and child support.

“We have thoughtfully and consensually decided to finalise our almost twenty years marriage in a loving and friendly manner honouring and respecting each other, our family and friends and the beautiful time we have spent together,” a spokesman for the couple announced in a statement.

This will be the second divorce for Antonio and the fourth for 56-year-old Melanie.

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