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Antonio Banderas ‘dating Sharon Stone’

Antonio Banderas and Sharon Stone are said to be quietly dating after "flirting outrageously" together.

The Hollywood heavyweights have been close for many years, but now sources claim their friendship has stepped up a level.

Antonio and wife Melanie Griffith split earlier this month, with Melanie allegedly filing for divorce after 18 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.

"Antonio and Sharon have been great friends for years. They have always flirted outrageously, and now they're closer than ever. 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," an insider revealed to British magazine Grazia.

"Antonio and Sharon are making plans for a getaway together in July. They've both been married twice before and are just enjoying having fun."

Sharon, 56, who split from her 28-year-old boyfriend Martin Mica last year, has been friends with Antonio for more than two decades.

While Melanie reportedly isn't entirely comfortable with Sharon and Antonio's blossoming relationship, she is said to be keen for them both to move forward with their lives.

"Mel feels weird about Sharon and Antonio's closeness, but knows that they both needed to move on from the marriage. Relations have been at breaking point for some time and they both seem to have decided that they would be better off finding happiness elsewhere instead of living in misery together," the source added.

Melanie and Antonio have 17-year-old daughter Stella together, and pledged to divorce "in a loving and friendly manner, honouring and respecting each other, our family and friends and the beautiful time we have spent together" in a joint statement.

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