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Melanie Griffith erases 'Antonio' tattoo after split from Banderas

Image: Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas attend the 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)Bryan Bedder / Getty Images file

Absence makes the heart tattoo grow fainter — or something like that, if you're Melanie Griffith. The actress, who had husband Antonio Banderas' name tattooed inside a heart on her arm, is taking pains to erase some of that ink after the couple announced they were divorcing.

Actress Melanie Griffith attends a party before the awards ceremony for the 60th Taormina Film Festival, in Taormina, Italy, on Tuesday.Caludio Onorati / Today

Griffith, in Taormina, Italy, for the 60th Taormina Film Festival, wore a sleeveless dress at a party Tuesday night with "Antonio" conspicuously missing from her arm. No word on whether the tattoo had been permanently zapped or was concealed with thick makeup.

Griffith and Banderas were married for 18 years. They announced on June 6 that they had "thoughtfully and consensually decided to finalize" their marriage "in a loving and friendly manner."

Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, with tattoo intact, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011.Vincent Kessler / Today

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Celebrity ink comes and goes just like normal-people ink. Actor Johnny Depp, who dated actress Winona Ryder in the early '90s, had a "Winona forever" tattoo famously converted to "Wino forever." And more recently, actress Megan Fox went to work on removing a large likeness of Marilyn Monroe from her forearm.

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