During a recent interview with Vulture, Spanish actor Antonio Banderas has revealed how close to his ex-wife actress Melanie Griffith.
Antonio said that he’s still her best friend and her family even though they’re divorced. He said:
“I am not married with Melanie anymore but she is my family. She is probably one of my best friends, if not the best friend that I have.”
The “Desperado” actor explained being a lover when he first saw Griffith on the red carpet of the 1989 Academy Awards. He continued:
“I saw this blonde woman and I knew her because I saw movies of her, but I didn’t remember at the time. So, I said to Pedro, ‘Who is she? Who is she? What is her name?’ Pedro said ‘That’s Melanie Griffith!’ I said ‘That’s it. Oh my God.’ Six years later, I was married to her.”
The 59-year-old actor added that he remembers those years as “very effervescent and really beautiful”. He continued:
“Everything happened in those years really fast. My life was fast and fascinating if I actually see it in retrospective. I remember those years as very effervescent and really beautiful. My family is there, Dakota, Little Estella and Alexander.
Melanie called me Negrito. And I used to call her Rubia. Rubia is ‘blonde’ in Spanish and Negrito is ‘little black boy’. I don’t know why she called me that, but she called me Negrito. And Dakota called me Paponio, which is a mixture between papa, which is ‘daddy’ in Spanish, and Antonio. I am her Antonio papa, so Paponio.”
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