Madonna, Guy Ritchie to divorce for real this time

10:12, 16 October 2008
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After nearly eight years of marriage

In news that is catching no one by surprise — except possibly the PR reps who issued countless denials of domestic trouble? — Madonna and Guy Ritchie announced Wednesday they are divorcing after nearly eight years of marriage.

Whether or not this also means the truth will come out about Madonna`s relationship with playoff-less Yankee Alex Rodriguez remains to be seen. Over the summer, Madonna was linked — unfairly, she said — to the breakup Rodriguez and his ex-wife Cynthia.

The couple issued a brief statement by their representatives Wednesday, asking for respect from the press for their family`s sake.

A financial settlement has not been agreed on by the wealthy couple, who also must decide child custody issues.

Madonna and Ritchie married in December 2000. The couple have two children: Rocco, 8, and David Banda, 3, who was adopted from Malawi in 2006. Madonna also has a 12-year-old daughter, Lourdes, from her relationship with personal trainer Carlos Leon.

The couple are reportedly worth some $525 million, the bulk of that belonging to Madonna. Ritchie has an estimated $35 million fortune. They own homes in London, Los Angeles and New York, and the retreat in Wiltshire.

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