Melanie Griffith covers up Antonio Banderas tattoo as she makes first post-split appearance

Melanie Griffith stepped out at the Taormina Film Festival in Italy on Tuesday, marking her first red carpet appearance since splitting from her husband of 18 years, Antonio Banderas.

Melanie smiled for the cameras as she posed in a leopard dress - but it was her accessories that got everyone talking.

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It was Melanie Griffith's first appearance since divorce news

The 56-year-old had used makeup to cover up her heart-shaped arm tattoo dedicated to Antonio. While the outline was still visible, the actor's name was hidden.

She had also moved her wedding ring to the middle finger on her left hand - two weeks after filing for divorce from 53-year-old Antonio.


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A close-up of Melanie Griffith's tattoo

As recently as last week, Melanie - daughter of Tippi Hedren - was still wearing her wedding band.

She filed for divorce from Antonio on 6 June, citing 'irreconcilable differences'.

In a statement sent by their rep, the couple confirmed their split. "We have thoughtfully and consensually decided to finalise our almost twenty years marriage in a loving and friendly manner, honoring and respecting each other, our family and friends and the beautiful time we have spent together."


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Melanie posing with Eva Longoria

A source close to the actress said that the couple, who have a 17-year-old daughter Stella together - had been having marital problems for some time.

"The split is not something new and out of the blue - they have had issues for years," the insider told People. "The fights and separations got to be too much."

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