Melanie Griffith & Antonio Banderas 'Had Issues For A Long Time' Before Official Divorce Announcement

The showbiz world was shocked yesterday when Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas announced plans to divorce after 18 years of marriage, but a new report suggests it wasn't so sudden.

56-year-old Griffith filed from divorce from the Puss In Boots actor, 53, in Los Angeles on June 6, citing irreconcilable differences.

She is now seeking spousal support from Banderas as well as physical custody of their daughter Stella, who is 17-years-old.

Melanie and Antonio in 2013 (WENN)

Speaking to the New York Post, one source said: “Melanie and Antonio have had issues for a long time. They used to be so affectionate with each other, but more recently they’ve been drifting apart."

Another claimed: "There’s been an arrangement in their marriage, for some time, to stay together despite their problems, because of the children and his Catholic religious beliefs. They have worked hard to keep this split as amicable as possible."

MORE:

The couple's official statement had read:  "We have thoughtfully and consensually decided to finalise our almost-20-year marriage in a loving and friendly manner, honoring and respecting each other, our family and friends and the beautiful time we have spent together."

Griffith was previously married twice to Don Johnson, with whom they had a daughter, Dakota - who will be seen fronting the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie next year.

Antonio & Melanie's Loved-Up Appearances (PHOTOS)

'I Was An Abusive Husband': Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Extent Of Torment Rockstar Life Put On His Family
Scared Of The Competition? Studios Begin To Shift Movie Releases To Avoid Fifty Shades Of Grey | Ent
PHOTOS: Prince William And Kate Middleton Attend D

What to read next

$579 – Bahamas All-Inclusive w/Air

There aren’t many 4-star, all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas. Take advantage of this deal while it lasts.* Sale ends 5/6.

Veterans Can Get Great Rates With A Refinance

You could save big by reducing your rate with a VA home refinance. Compare quotes and take advantage of your benefits!

Commercial Audio/Video System Design

Revitalize your business with a new sound system

Live Steps from Eisenhower Metro — Now Leasing!

Luxe apartment living that blends the best of city living and the beautiful outdoors, with a rooftop pool and lounge, dog grooming station and more.

Do NOT pay your insurance until you try this.

If you drive less than 55 miles/day or have no DUI's you can get auto insurance for as low as $29/Month! See if you qualify.

Navy Seal Flashlight Should Be Banned From Public?

Controversial classified military technology has just been released to the public. Get this flashlight before it's banned or runs out -limited supply!