Antonio Banderas is undoubtedly one of the most famous and charismatic Spanish actors. And while he made lots of people sight over the years, it was the beautiful Nicole Kimpel who managed to conquer his heart.
At 62, the actor confesses to being in love and happy with his partner. But so far, we haven’t had the opportunity to know much about her. That’s until now. And we’re so glad to know her better because she’s super charming.
Bright Side loves discovering and sharing love exploits, so today we want to tell you how it all started for this couple.
At first, they were far away from each other.
Antonio was born in the south of Spain, in Malaga, and did not always dream of being an actor. His first passion was soccer. He trained hard and was committed to becoming a professional athlete one day. But fate had other plans for him, and after suffering an injury, he had to give up that dream. Slowly but surely, he delved deeper and deeper into the idea of acting.
Twenty years later, more than 2,000 kilometers away, Nicole was born in Germany. Due to her father’s profession, she spent much of her childhood living in different cities. Not only did this nomadic lifestyle help her learn many languages (French, German, English, Dutch, Italian, Arabic, and Spanish), but it also gave her great cultural insights.
But fate had its way and brought them together.
The actor and the financial advisor met at a party held during the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. A very peculiar situation took place, according to Antonio, who only spoke about it later.
At that time, Antonio did not know that his current girlfriend-to-be had a twin sister almost identical to her called Barbara. It was her sister who caught his eye and he did not hesitate to talk to her, “but suddenly Nicole appeared, and my heart skipped a beat. They are exactly alike, but I saw something that stood out in her, that made me click with Nicole,” recalls Antonio. But back then, he was still married to his ex-wife, Melanie Griffith, so that first meeting was simply friendly.
Together they dared to go out of their comfort zone.
Once Melanie’s and Antonio’s divorce papers were finalized, he and Nicole resumed contact and finally formalized their relationship. Once they were together, Banderas made a statement that surprised the media and his fans: he said he would leave Hollywood indefinitely to attend to other interests in his life.
After that, he and his partner went to London to study fashion design. Once they finished the course, they got down to work on their first big project together, the exclusive and successful clothing line Antonio Banderas Design. Each of them brought something different to the team. They complemented each other perfectly and managed to make their new brand successful.
Antonio’s health problems strengthened their relationship.
At the beginning of 2019 Antonio had to face some serious health problems. The actor suffered a heart attack, and according to him, Nicole’s quick reaction saved his life: “When I started having symptoms, she knew what was happening. She put an aspirin under my tongue, and that saved my life. I got a second chance, and some things have changed in my life since then,” the actor recalls.
Their relationship grew even stronger, their bond became more intense, and they decided to start paying attention to the most essential things in life. “The things that I gave a lot of importance to stopped being important. I switched to paying attention to the real things. My daughter is the real thing, my friends, my family.”
They got a second chance to enjoy life together.
Although they had been living between England, Spain, and the United States for a long time, they decided to settle down in Andalusia after Antonio’s heart attack. The Malagueño has often demonstrated openly and publicly the great love and pride he feels for his homeland, so he has not hesitated to make some time in his busy schedule to show his partner every corner of that beautiful land.
Nicole is very clear about her opinion of living in Spain. “I miss my family because I don’t spend as much time with them as before, but my place is next to Antonio, and that makes up for everything else. I am very happy in Malaga, the city has welcomed me with open arms, and I feel like a real Malagueña”.
They have just celebrated their eighth anniversary.
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The media love marriage announcements, and it is not unusual for them to always speculate about it and ask about it in every interview, but for now, there are no wedding bells in the Banderas’ household, nor does it seem that there will be any time soon.
The actor has clarified his position on the matter, saying: “I’m kind of married. Nicole is my wife, and I’m her man. We’re doing great.” Married or not, we love to see them happily enjoying their love to the fullest, and we hope they keep those big love smiles on their faces for a long time to come.
What is your favorite celebrity couple? What do you like most about them?