It's not uncommon to see Hollywood stars divorce more than once in their life. Antonio Banderas belongs in the majority as he ended up splitting with both his wives. This talented actor is very successful in his profession, but how is his personal life?
Is Antonio single or in a relationship? How, when and why did his former marriages end? Let's have an in-depth look at the private life of this fabulous Spanish actor.
Is Antonio Banderas In A Relationship?
Antonio Banderas is indeed in a relationship. He is together with his girlfriend Nicole Kempel who he began dating in 2014. The couple lives outside of London in Surrey.
The pair is often seen together in public appearances. Kempel is a Dutch banker and she seems to accompany her boyfriend almost everywhere. Most notably, the couple was spotted together at the Ischia Film Festival in Italy in 2017. The actor was seen dancing and cuddling with his gorgeous partner as they kissed throughout the night.
Although the couple does not shy away from PDAs, they are not too elaborate about their relationship details. The pair was first spotted in a St. Tropez club in 2014 fueling rumors they might be together.
The rumors turned out true and they are together ever since, albeit they have not yet taken the next step of engagement/marriage. Antonio had previously divorced two women and it remains to be seen if he gets fortunate the third time.
Antonio Banderas's Past Marriages
Antonio Banderas's first wife was a Spanish actress named Ana Leza whom the actor met while working together on the set of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown. The couple featured in one more movie named Philadelphia.
The new couple began dating and after nine months of falling in love, they decided to take it to next level by taking their wedding vows in 1987. However, the couple split after 8 years when they divorced in 1995. Antonio preferred the reasons for the split to be kept among themselves and not be revealed to the public. They did not share any children.
The same year, Banderas bumped into another Hollywood star named Melanie Griffith whom he met on the set of Two Much.
The actor admitted his admiration for the actress when he first saw her in person at the 1989 Oscars. Banderas said:
"I remember she was dressed in white with pearls I'll always remember that and I thought she was one of the most beautiful women I'd ever seen in my life."
6 years later, the pair had just parted ways with their respective spouses, Melanie with Don Johnson and Antonio with Ana. The newly divorced couple tied the knot in 1995. The actor admitted he never imagined two of them would end up together and if someone claimed it would happen back then, he'd have called them crazy.
The pair welcomed a daughter a year later in 1996 named Stella Carmen. However, their love story ended after almost two decades in 2014 when the couple filed for divorce. There were some rumors his current girlfriend Nicole was the reason for the split, albeit these allegations were never proven.
Antonio is still good friends with his former wife as he raises his daughter, now in her 20s, together with the actress.
Antonio Banderas: Quick Facts
- He was born on 10th August 1960 in the Andalusian town of Benalmadena.
- His birth sign is Leo.
- His birth name is José Antonio Domínguez Bandera.
- He is of Spanish nationality.
- His parents are Jose Dominguez Prieto (police officer) and Ana Bandera Gallego (teacher).
- He has one sibling, a brother named Francisco Javier.
- He took his mother's last name as his stage name.
- His dream was to become a professional footballer which died due to a severe injury when he was 14.
- His breakthrough in Hollywood came with the movie Philadelphia.
- He co-starred with Sylvestre Stallone in the action movie Assassins.
- His net worth is estimated to be $45 million.