Antonio Banderas Opens Up About Marriage & Addiction To AARP The Magazine

‘Puss in Boots’ star Antonio Banderas covers the November issue of AARP The Magazine. As you can see, he’s looking as hawt as ever. YUM! Yet Antonio touched on some serious topics in his interview. Here are some excerpts from his interview.

On the secret to a successful marriage:

“The secret is that we had failures before. And love at the beginning is a rush. It’s big, full of energy, beautiful. But it doesn’t last like that. Melanie and I talked about that a lot.”

“That thing at the beginning disappeared, but it became something better. We discovered the value and warmth of family and what is home—that we can be stronger together.”

“Even in crisis, we have been patient enough to detect that at the end of the tunnel was a light. We have had as many problems as anybody. We’ve never hidden it. We’ve been open about addictions, in the case of Melanie. She has overcome her problems beautifully. I didn’t know she was so strong. It makes me love her even more, because she has been an unbelievable lion fighting, and she got it. The last [relapse] was three years ago, and it just welded us.”

On participating in wife Melanie Griffith’s treatment for addiction to painkillers:

“The whole family participated. We did all the therapies together—the kids, everybody. It was a very unique experience, not only for Melanie. It was very rewarding at the end.”

On the importance of being open with the children:

“The pretending is the worst, because kids are so smart. They can see through all of those things, and if you don’t talk openly about problems, it creates a very dark place. They carry that through the rest of their lives, to their marriages, to their kids.”

On avoiding high-profile infidelity (like Antonio Weiner and Arnold Schwarzenegger):

“It’s all about balance in life. We all need water, obviously, but I’m not going to drink the pool. [Laughs.] I think it’s very important that you know exactly where the limits are.”

“It’s a very, very personal issue how you deal with that. [You have to ask yourself ] if you are willing to damage what you have—your kids, your family, your friends. How do you deal in your sexual life with your wife? How rich can you make it in order to not have to look for something outside your marriage? What other things can you do, in your home? What are the things that you may tell her, or are you going to be always lying?”

It sounds like Antonio was very open! You can read the entire interview (and read about Melanie’s take on all they’ve been through) in the November issue of AARP The Magazine.