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Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas reunite for daughter Stella's graduation

June 8, 2015
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It was a family affair when Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas' daughter Stella graduated from high school. The two Hollywood stars, who decided to end their 20-year marriage in "a loving and friendly manner" in June 2014, reunited to show their pride in the teenager.

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Soon Stella will begin studying at New York University. Melanie shared a series of pictures of her special day on Instagram, giving a glimpse into how the family had co-ordinated. The actress and 18-year-old Stella looked glam in red dresses. She captioned it: "Mama, Stella and Papi ? Our angel is amazing. Beginning the next chapter of her life! Freedom!!"

Next to another photo Melanie had written: "Father and daughter celebrating at Bacclaureate luncheon! So sweet!!"

The pictures received a wonderful reception from fans, with one telling her: "You and Antonio are the best parents.... Congratulations from Madrid, Spain. Spanish people LOVE You a lot Melanie." Another had written: "You look beautiful Melanie. As always."

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The only outward sign of the recent separation was the plaster covering one of Melanie's arms. She is currently in the process of having a tattoo of Antonio's name removed.

In this last difficult year, the actress has turned to her family for comfort, including her mother, 85-year-old Hitchcock star Tippi Hedren.

Melanie is also mother to Alexander, whose father is Steven Bauer and Dakota Johnson, daughter of Don Johnson. She was often seen at red carpet events with Dakota who was promoting Fifty Shades of Grey. A few months ago she proudly helped Stella get ready for her prom, posting a picture of her and adding the hashtags: "#beautifulchild #smartasawhip ".

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Her friends including Kris Jenner have rallied round, taking her on girls holidays to emphasise the fresh start.

Meanwhile, Spanish heart-throb Antonio has moved on too. The 54-year-old has started a relationship with Nicole Kimpel, an attractive blonde Dutch investment consultant whom he recently escorted to Cannes.

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