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Madonna and Guy Ritchie Confirm Divorce

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Madonna and Guy Ritchie's marriage is over.

Madonna and Guy Ritchie

Madonna and Guy Ritchie's marriage is over -- the 50-year-old pop star and 40-year-old film director announcing their plans to divorce.

"Madonna and Guy Ritchie have agreed to divorce after seven and a half years of marriage," their reps said in a joint statement. "They have both requested that the media maintain respect for their family at this difficult time. A final settlement has not been agreed upon yet."

"It is sad," Madonna's publicist Liz Rosenberg told E! News.

Rumors of a split have been circulating for months, amid reports that Madge had an affair with baseball star Alex Rodriguez. Ritchie denied the chatter at the 50th birthday party he threw for his wife, and at the time, Rosenberg said their marriage "does not need saving."

Theu decided to go public with the split now because a source says they "can't bear to live with the pretense any longer." The couple reportedly argues nonstop about the amount of time each devotes to their careers and over Madonna's desire to adopt another child. The disputes have reportedly ruined their attempts at reconciliation "like a sledgehammer," according to another source. They "can now barely bring themselves to say two words to each other."

British papers report Madonna has hired celebrity divorce lawyer Fiona "Steel Magnolia" Shackleton, who mediated Paul McCartney's divorce from Heather Mills.

Madonna and Ritchie married in Scotland in December 2000. They have two children together, eight-year-old Rocco and three-year-old David, whom they adopted two years ago in Malawi.

Madonna also has a 12-year-old daughter, Lourdes, with dancer and former fitness trainer Carlos Leon.

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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous October 15, 2008, 3:47 PM

It’s funny how they ask their publicist to ask the rest of us to respect their privacy after they spread the message to all the world’s major news organizations.

Anonymous October 16, 2008, 11:13 AM

Madge must be a real pain the butt in live with. He must of finally got sick of her.

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