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Melanie Griffith Covers Up Antonio Banderas Tattoo and Moves Wedding Ring at First Post-Split Appearance

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Melanie Griffith stepped out at the Taormina Film Festival in Italy Tuesday afternoon, marking her first red carpet appearance since the news broke that she was splitting from her husband of 18 years, Antonio Banderas.

The actress was all smiles dressed in a leopard-print dress, but two of her accessories caught everyone's attention: Her famous heart-shaped tattoo dedicated to her partner of almost two decades and her wedding ring.

The 56-year-old switched her sparkler from her left ring finger to her middle finger on the same hand. Hmm…sends a subtle message, doesn't it?

She also appeared to have covered up the name of her soon-to-be ex with makeup or has already begun the process of getting tattoo removal.

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Banderas' name seemed significantly more faded than the design part of the rest of the ink, and Griffith didn't seem to be making any secret of the fact that she had changed her tat.

The famous duo announced that they were parting ways earlier this month and released the following joint statement:

"We have thoughtfully and consensually decided to finalize our almost twenty years marriage in a loving and friendly manner honoring and respecting each other, our family and friends and the beautiful time we have spent together - Melanie & Antonio"

This marks Griffith's fourth divorce and Banderas' second.

The two tied the knot in a low-key ceremony in London on May 14, 1996, just one month after both of their divorces to previous spouses were finalized.

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