The mystery date of Antonio Banderas at a club in Saint Tropez has finally been revealed. The 54-year-old Spanish actor is dating Dutch investment consultant Nicole Kempel, also known as the leggy blonde he went home with after dancing at the L’Opera restaurant on August 16.
Banderas was also spotted with Kempel at various events during the Cannes Film Festival in May. The couple has been discreetly dating, but Kempel is not the reason behind the split between Banderas and actor Melanie Griffith, according to Spanish magazine Hola!
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Sources told the magazine, “Nicole has in no way fuelled or been the cause of the split between the actor and Melanie Griffith.” Kempel and Banderas reportedly met after the separation.
Banderas and Griffith called it quits recently after 19 years of marriage, with Griffith filing for divorce on June 6. The couple reportedly made much effort to handle the split carefully for the sake of their daughter Stella, who turns 18 on September 24.
“They have not been happy for a long time and they have taken a lot of breaks already so their estrangement is nothing new. They wanted to wait till the timing was right to announce their divorce. It's not a rash decision,” a source told MailOnline.
Griffith is apparently happy about moving on as she was spotted in Hollywood Hills on Thursday viewing a five-bedroom house worth $5.6 million. The 57-year-old actress has also been hitting the gym recently, looking slim in a gray short-sleeved T-shirt and cropped gray and white yoga pants.
Banderas and Griffith are expected to set their differences aside soon to work together despite the divorce in order to promote their upcoming film, Automata. The film is a sci-fi thriller about robots that Banderas produced and will be released on October 10.
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