Melanie Griffith steps out as ex-husband Antonio Banderas labels her his 'best friend' and says she'll always be 'family'

Antonio Banderas claimed that Melanie Griffith is his best friend. 

Although the former couple divorced in 2015, they have remained extremely close and the actor, 59, says the Working Girl star, 62, will always be family to him. 

Speaking to Vulture on Wednesday, he said: 'I am not married with Melanie anymore, but she is my family. 

Sweet: Antonio Banderas called ex-wife Melanie Griffith his 'best friend' and said she'll always be 'family' in a gushing interview on Wednesday

Sweet: Antonio Banderas called ex-wife Melanie Griffith his 'best friend' and said she'll always be 'family' in a gushing interview on Wednesday

'She is probably one of my best friends, if not the best friend that I have. My family is there, Dakota, Little Estella and Alexander.' 

Antonio and Melanie share daughter Stella, 22, while the actress has daughter Dakota, 29, with Don Johnson and son Alexander, 34, with Steven Bauer. 

The actress tied the knot with Antonio in 1996 and the pair welcomed daughter that year, and the Zorro star admitted he was smitten by Melanie the first time he saw her, at the 1989 Oscars. 

Stepping out: On the same day, the actress enjoyed a relaxing outing in Los Angeles

Stepping out: On the same day, the actress enjoyed a relaxing outing in Los Angeles

Family values: The pair married in 1996 and welcomed daughter Stella that year, and Melanie also has daughter Dakota and son Alexander from previous relationships (pictured in 1998)

Family values: The pair married in 1996 and welcomed daughter Stella that year, and Melanie also has daughter Dakota and son Alexander from previous relationships (pictured in 1998)

He recalled: 'The first time I went to the Academy Awards after we got a nomination for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, we got on the red carpet and I saw this blonde woman and I knew her because I saw movies of her, but I didn't remember [her name] at the time. 

'So, I said to Pedro Almodóvar, "Who is she? Who is she? What is her name?" Pedro said, "That's Melanie Griffith!" I said, "That's it. Oh my God." Six years later, I was married to her. 

'Everything happened in those years really fast. My life was fast and fascinating if I actually see it in retrospective. I remember those years as very effervescent and really beautiful.' 

Candid: Gushing about his ex, Antonio said, 'I am not married with Melanie anymore, but she is my family. She is probably one of my best friends, if not the best friend that I have'

Candid: Gushing about his ex, Antonio said, 'I am not married with Melanie anymore, but she is my family. She is probably one of my best friends, if not the best friend that I have'

Despite the split, Antonio has previously vowed that he will love Melanie until the day he dies. 

He said: 'Even if we are divorced, she is my family and I will love her until the day I die. We have been in contact all these years and we managed to do a separation that is very elegant.

'Our kids are enjoying that and that is very important for both of us. Our kids are priority number one.' 

Meanwhile, Melanie was seen enjoying a relaxed outing in Los Angeles, as she stepped out in form-fitting gym gear on Wednesday.

Stylish: On Wednesday Melanie stepped out in form-fitting gym gear that saw her pair a tank top with black leggings

Stylish: On Wednesday Melanie stepped out in form-fitting gym gear that saw her pair a tank top with black leggings

Finishing touches: Melanie wore her white jumper draped over her shoulders

Finishing touches: Melanie wore her white jumper draped over her shoulders 

Melanie Griffith steps out as ex-husband Antonio Banderas labels her his 'best friend'

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