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Banderas: Family isn’t dead

Antonio Banderas believes his family are “going to keep seeing each other” despite his divorce from Melanie Griffith.

The Spanish actor and wife of 18 years Melanie Griffith announced that their marriage was over in June last year. But despite their union disintegrating, the 54-year-old is adamant that his family is still strong.

“This hasn't exploded yet," he told the Spanish-language weekly magazine ¡Hola! "We're going to keep seeing each other. We will continue. The family isn't dead, not at all."

Working Girl actress Melanie cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ in legal documents filed at the time of the split.

The couple have daughter Stella together and Antonio admits he will be keeping a close eye on her.

“She'll go to New York University next year, and I'll probably move there to be close," he revealed. "She's an adult, 18, and I talk almost daily to her and the rest of my children, although not biological."

While the Mask of Zorro actor has broken personal ties with Melanie, the pair has one final film to promote together, Automata. The movie was made just before the end of their marriage and the plot is definitely close to home.

“It's curious because Melanie and I met as actors [on 1995's Two Much], and then for the 20 years of our relationship we didn't shoot together. Then, at the end of our relationship, we're back together again on the screen,” he mused. “There is a very curious thing in the movie which I realized when I first saw it. At the end, there's a moment where she tells me 'Goodbye, Jacq Vaucan,' and I say 'Goodbye Cleo,' and that somehow is the close of our relationship."

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