On Wednesday morning, Madonna’s spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, confirmed the singer’s divorce from film director Guy Ritchie.
A joint statement was issued on behalf of the couple stating that, “Madonna and Guy Ritchie have agreed to divorce after seven-and-a-half years of marriage … They have both requested that the media maintain respect for their family at this difficult time.”
After a tumultuous year where Madonna was linked to baseball player, Alex Rodriguez’s, own divorce and allegations that she and Ritchie had been leading a separate lives for years, the couple now only talk through their personal assistants.
According to reorts from “insiders” and British newspapers, Ritchie has stopped work in his latest film to return to the UK and tell his family the news. Amidst the problems that surged because of Rodriguez, Ritchie’s mother talked to the media saying the pair would not separate earlier this year.
Rumors of the divorce continued and, apparently, the couple wanted to wait until the end of Madonna’s world tour to announce the divorce and finalize it by Christmas. However, the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement so the settlement over monetary and property goods may take longer than desired.
Madonna, 50, has already contacted Paul McCartney’s divorce lawyer, Fiona Shackleton. Legal experts speculate that Ritchie could receive up to 50 million British pounds ($100 million). Madonna’s wealth is estimated at about 300 million British pounds (close to $600 million). The pair have spent most of their married life in London and Wiltshire with children Lourdes, 12, Rocco, 8, and David, 3, who was adopted from an orphanage in Malawi.