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Hollywood couple Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith to divorce: Report

Published on Jun 7, 2014 6:27 AM
 
Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith arrive for the premiere of the movie Black Nativity in New York on Nov 18, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - US actress Melanie Griffith has filed for divorce from fellow Hollywood A-lister Antonio Banderas, the TMZ celebrity news website reported on Friday.

Griffith cited irreconcilable differences in seeking to end the Tinseltown power couple's 18-year marriage, TMZ reported, citing a divorce petition document it published online.

A spokesman for the Spanish and US actors did not immediately respond to requests for comment or confirmation.

TMZ cited a source close to the couple as saying the divorce was amicable.

Golden Globe-nominated Banderas, 53, is known in the United States for movies including the Shrek franchise and 1998's The Mask Of Zorro. He also featured in several Pedro Almodovar movies.

The 56-year-old Griffith, who was nominated for an Oscar for 1988's Working Girl, has three previous divorces. Her former husbands include actor Don Johnson, to whom she was married twice.

It is the second divorce for Banderas, who was previously married to Spanish actress Ana Leza for eight years, divorcing in 1996, the same year he married Griffith.

Griffith is seeking custody of the couple's 17-year-old daughter Stella, according to the legal petition, dated Friday and published by TMZ on its website.

The actress is seeking sole physical custody and joint legal custody, with visiting rights for Banderas, the document shows.

Griffith is also seeking unspecified financial support from the actor.

The date of their separation was not specified in the document, which seeks dissolution of marriage, as opposed to legal separation or nullity of marriage.

Griffith lists her homes as Los Angeles and New York, while Banderas resides in LA and Marbella, Spain.

The actress attended a ceremony honoring veteran Jane Fonda in Hollywood on Thursday, along with Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, People magazine reported.

Banderas was spotted Wednesday lunching in Beverly Hills with his daughter, the celebrity bible reported.

The couple were last photographed together in March at Los Angeles airport, it said.

Banderas, who supplied the voice of Puss In Boots in several Shrek movies and also appeared in the Oscar-winning Philadelphia, bought 50 per cent of a state-of-the-art winery in northern Spain in 2009.

The 250-hectare (620-acre) property, called Anta Banderas, makes red and rose wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and local grape Tempranillo. It produces around 600,000 bottles of wine per year.