Antonio Banderas: Suffered Major Heart Attack?!
At this point in time, thanks to his many, many legendary film roles, his fragrances, and his face, it’s pretty safe to say that Antonia Banderas is an international treasure.
But at 56 years old, he’s not as young as he used to be. And no one can say that the man hasn’t done a whole lot of living.
So it shouldn’t have come as surprise when Antonia revealed last night that he suffered a heart attack back in January, you know?
But still, it really, really did.
As you may remember, we heard back in January that he was taken to a hospital just outside London because he’d began feeling pains in his chest while exercising.
At the time, his rep claimed in a statement that “Antonio was released that same day after doctors performed a check-up which confirmed his good health.”
Sounds like no big deal, right?
Last night, Antonio made an appearance at the Malaga Film Festival, and he admitted what really went down.
“I suffered a heart attack on January 26th,” he explained. “It was a benign attack, it hasn’t caused any permanent damage and now I’m in a recovery period.”
“It was something that happens every day to a lot of people,” he added. “I didn’t hide it, but I didn’t want it to receive more importance than those suffered by other people.”
He also said that though doctors implanted three stents to help out with those narrowed arteries in his heart, “It wasn’t as dramatic as it was made out to be.”
And while it sounds pretty damn dramatic to us, apparently he really did get released that same day.
He was also well enough to pose for a selfie with his girlfriend, Nikole Kimpel, and to throw it up on Instagram just a few days after the heart attack.
“Enjoying nature after a startle,” he captioned the photo.
Bless his heart.
The issue that brought on the heart attack, he explained last night, was likely the stress he’s experienced for decades. After all, he’s worked a lot during his career, and it’s involved an unbelievable amount of traveling.
“I’m now reviewing a lot of things,” he said, to get his health under control.
And it’s a good thing, too — just last week, he reportedly experienced more chest pains, bad enough to go to another hospital.
He claimed that that hospital visit was just a check-up, but if he’s able to hide a heart attack for two months, we wouldn’t hold our breath on that one.
Feel better, Antonio. Please.