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Actor Antonio Banderas sings the praises of wife Melanie Griffith for her courage in her ongoing battle with drug addiction.

The actors were married in 1996 and their marriage was tested in 2007 when Melanie, a recovering drug addict, became dependent on perscription pills she began taking following a skiing accident.

Griffith entered rehab in 2009 and has managed to kick her habit.

Banderas admits it is a constant struggle for his wife to stay “clean”, but he’s proud she has overcome her problems. He explains, “(She) was and is an addict. Her problem was the pills she took after an accident when she had been clean for many years. It is a struggle she handles very well.”

Antonio continues, “It is a battle she’s keeping up because she’s a very cheerful and strong woman.”