Melanie Griffith Opens Up About Addiction, Relationships And Plastic Surgery: ‘Hopefully I Look More Normal Now’

Melanie Griffith is getting candid about her past, including her struggles with addiction, cosmetic surgery procedures and the end of her marriage to Antonio Banderas.

In a new interview with Porter magazine, the 59-year-old actress admits that her alcohol addiction didn’t interfere with her parenting.

“I was a totally functioning mom. I wasn’t like a drunk-on-the-floor, out-of-it person,” Griffith says of raising her three children, Alexander Bauer, 31, “Fifty Shades Of Grey” star Dakota Johnson, 27, and Stella Banderas, 20.

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“I didn’t do some things I probably should have done but, mostly, I was there for my kids. They had a sort of privileged gypsy life,” she admits.

Griffith’s first stint in rehab for alcohol addiction came in 1988, three years after the birth of son Alexander.  Her time in rehab led to a rekindling of her relationship with ex-husband Don Johnson, with whom she was briefly married to at age 18.

Photography by Annabel Mehran, courtesy PORTER magazine
Photography by Annabel Mehran, courtesy PORTER magazine


“Don was actually waiting for me when I got out of rehab,” she says of Johnson. The pair remarried, became parents to Dakota and spent five years together before splitting for good: “We got back together; it was the most natural, perfect, loving thing. Then it just sort of wasn’t working. I think it’s hard when you are both in the public eye, unless one of you gives up work.”

In 1996, Griffith married Antonio Banderas and ultimately, the marriage fell apart nearly 20 years later in 2014. Griffith takes full responsibility for the end of their relationship.

“I think part of the reason my marriage to Antonio fell apart was because I was stuck; nobody else is to blame,” she explains in the new issue of Porter, on newsstands Friday. “It’s just that I personally got stuck and I won’t let that happen again, I want to enjoy life, I want to do whatever I want to do.”

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The actress, who once dated Hollywood heavyweights like Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty says her approach to men and dating has changed.

“I’m shy with men now, very reticent … nobody has asked me on a date [for almost two years],” she says.

One thing the actress isn’t shying away from is correcting her cosmetic surgery procedures which raised eyebrows in Hollywood.  Griffith reveals she didn’t realize her surgeries were getting the wrong kind of attention.

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“No, I didn’t [realize] until people started saying, ‘Oh my God, what has she done?!'” she admits. “I was so hurt I went to a different doctor and he started dissolving all of this s*** that this other woman doctor had put in.”

“Hopefully, I look more normal now,” she adds.

Photography by Annabel Mehran, courtesy PORTER magazine
Photography by Annabel Mehran, courtesy PORTER magazine


To see the full interview with Melanie Griffith, buy the latest issue of PORTER, on sale globally on Friday April 7. Also available as a digital edition or go to

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