Melanie Griffith Declares Marriage Irrelevant

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Melanie Griffith is done with marriage, but certainly not men. Or so she put it in a new interview with InStyle Magazine. Griffith, who’s been married three times—to Don Johnson, Steven Bauer, and most recently Antonio Banderas, who she married in 1996 and divorced in 2015—has no interest in walking down the aisle ever again.

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“All of my husbands, my three husbands,” she began, “I love them all so much, and we’re all very close.” But when asked if she’d ever consider getting married again, she said:

“I really don’t think it’s relevant for anyone anymore. But especially if you’re 60 and you have four kids and you’re living the life you’ve always wanted. Then why get married? It’s, like, I would love to fall in love and have a romance, a relationship, but I haven’t. I keep looking. I’ve had a couple of lovers but not a relationship.”

When asked about her 20-year marriage to Banderas, Griffith said:

“[Starting a family with Banderas] was more exciting than playing a part in a story. You have to live your life and not just play somebody else all the time. And how can you play somebody else if you don’t live your own life?”

Hard to argue with that.

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“I really don’t think it’s relevant for anyone anymore. But especially if you’re 60 and and fucking rich and you have four kids and you’re living the life you’ve always wanted. Then why get married? It’s, like, I would love to fall in love and have a romance, a relationship, but I haven’t. I keep looking. I’ve had a couple of lovers but not a relationship.”

Independence is easy when you’ve got money in the bank. I understand that the emotional connection to the institution of marriage has really changed a lot in recent years, but the fact is that marriage is a package of legal rights and protections. Women and children are really vulnerable without those rights and protections if the relationship breaks down and/or if serious unforeseen events (like a medical catastrophe or the sudden death of one of the family members) occur.