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Melanie Griffith: ‘My ex is not to blame for epilepsy’

Actress Melanie Griffith has shot down reports suggesting her ex-huband Antonio Banderas was the cause of her stress-related epilepsy.
The Working Girl star recently told a Women’s Health Initiative panel in Beverly Hills she hadn’t suffered a seizure since her marriage ended in 2014, prompting many to believe she was having a dig at her ex, but Melanie insists Antonio had nothing to do with past health woes, which culminated with a grand mal seizure – and the diagnosis she was epileptic.
“It had nothing to do with Antonio,” the actress tells Access Hollywood. “He was wonderful and beautiful with me when that happened.
“Sometimes the press can twist things and get headlines over things that it shouldn’t.That was a big-deal women’s brain health initiative that we were talking at and the a**hole (journalist)… spun it, and it’s wrong.
“I love him (Banderas) and I will always love him and I would never do that to him.”
Meanwhile, Melanie received some good health news recently, adding, “I got re-checked two months ago and I don’t have epilepsy, so it was stress-induced seizures.”
At last month’s WHI panel discussion, Griffith recalled her health emergency four years ago, when she passed out on a yacht in Cannes, France.
“I had two seizures, one they took me off the boat,” she said. “I had this major grand mal seizure and they took me to the hospital in Cannes and then brought me back to the boat. And then I had another seizure and I went back. They did the EEG and started to look at it seriously. When I came back (to the United States), I was diagnosed with epilepsy.
“I was extremely stressed out. Every seizure that I had was at a point when I was extremely stressed… I got divorced, which is the real healer for me. I’m not stressed anymore… As women, we take on family, we get the husband, we have the life, we have the children, we take care of the house, we also go to work, we can’t sleep at night because we are up with the kids. I don’t think I’ve slept for 35 years. I still don’t sleep.”

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