Antonio Bandera’s new girlfriend, Nicole Kimpel, has been by the actor’s side in public a lot recently. The new couple is not hiding their relationship. In fact, the actor spoke out about the new woman in his life recently. On Dec. 18, The Spread It reported that Banderas is currently dating former model Nicole Kimpel. Banderas and Kimpel began dating over the summer. She currently works as an investment banker.
Banderas and Kimpel were last spotted together at a screening for his newest film, “Automata.” The film also stars Melanie Griffith, his now ex-wife. All three attended the screening, and it is likely that the three shared at least one awkward moment inside. The actor took Kimpel to Botafumeiro restaurant after the screening. The restaurant is a known spot for celebrities in Barcelona. Antonio and Nicole were dressed in casual attire for the event.
The actor’s new relationship with Kimpel has no connection to the man’s split from his wife after 19 years of marriage. Griffith filed for divorce from the actor in June, and she cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce in court documents. The actress has revealed that she fell out of love with the actor several years ago. A source said the following about the end of the couple’s marriage:
“There was no cheating on either side. They had fallen out of love a while ago. Their daughter Stella is about to be 18 in September, and they wanted to wait until [the] kids were grown and out of the house before they split up, but knew they would a while ago. They stayed together for the sake of the kids.”
Antonio and the new woman in his life were first spotted out together at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The fact that Kimpel is 20 years younger than film star is causing most of the interest in the relationship. Banderas did speak up about the new relationship to The Olive Press:
“We are in the process of getting to know each other. She is shy and doesn’t have anything to do with my work, which is no bad thing.”
Antonio does seem to be enjoying himself in this new relationship. Kimpel has been seen visiting the actor on set, and he has even been caught staring at the Dutch beauty in photos taken of the pair by paparazzi.
Melanie Griffith is also moving on from the long marriage to Banderas. A month after she filed for divorce, she was seen trying to have the tattoo of his name that she has removed. She covered up the tattoo with various bandages immediately following the divorce announcement. She is happy to “start a new chapter in her life.” She also revealed that she is still single, but she is ready to move on and date someone new. According to ABC News, she said the following about the type of man she is looking for:
“I’m just kind of laying low. I think I’d like to meet a cowboy, like a real [man’s] man. Somebody who’s a man and is not concerned with this town.”
It does appear that Banderas managed to find someone that is away from the business of Hollywood. It is commendable that both Antonio and Melanie did hold onto their marriage until the daughter they share was older and on her way to starting her own life. Stella is currently 17-years-old.
Griffith has two children with former husband Don Johnson. Her daughter, Dakota, is making headlines this year with her first film role. She is starring in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” She has asked her mom and dad to not see the film, and Griffith made news by sharing that request in an interview earlier this year.
What do you think of Antonio Banderas’ new girlfriend? Are you glad to see him moving on after his marriage to Melanie Griffith?