Antonio Banderas is speaking out for the first time about his wife Melanie Griffith recently entering rehab. A few weeks ago, Mel unexpectedly entered the Cirque Lodge in Utah to “get rid of her demons.” What those “demons” were exactly, we weren’t sure.
We’d heard talk that Antonio had given Melanie an ultimatum to get clean and sober once and for all. Antonio appeared as a guest on Ellen Degeneres, and said, "It's not a rumor, but let me explain to you.”
He went on to say, "It was said actually in some magazine that I said that I gave an ultimatum to my wife. That I present the matter of divorce because she has been involved in addictions and blah, blah, blah. Melanie has been addicted for many years and we always came out. We said it out loud. It was okay, we were never embarrassed of the situation but what happened she was clean and sober for six years."
Antonio says Melanie was doing fine with her sobriety for a full six years, up until a skiing accident in Aspen a year and a half ago. She underwent three operations on her knee, and was required to use narcotics again.
Antonio tells Ellen in the episode that airs today, "In March, she came to me and said, 'I'm feeling a little bit weak in my determination for this ... so I just thought to go to rehabilitation by myself.’ So the whole entire family is supporting her, and I am supporting her, and at this particular time more than ever. I'm very proud of her."
Banderas says the entire family is backing Melanie 100%. He says, "We have been following some type of therapy with other families. There are a number of invisible heroes working in AA all around the world. I just say to families, 'Don't get embarrassed, just confront this problem head-on. And don't hide from that because there is a beautiful gift at the end of this tunnel, and it is the person that you love back, and that is what I am searching for.' "
Wow! What an amazing support group Melanie has! It’s great to hear Antonio speak openly about Melanie’s addiction, and the family’s open mind towards her receiving help. So many people try and hide it from friends and family, so it’s a fresh of breath air to see the way they’re handling this. We wish Melanie the best of luck in conquering her demons!