1. People & Relationships
Send to a Friend via Email

Discuss in our forum

Madonna & Guy Ritchie Marriage Profile

By

Photo: Stephen Lovekin  / Getty Images

Madonna and Guy Ritchie in New York City on December 2, 2007.

Photo: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images
Here's information about the Madonna & Guy Ritchie marriage and divorce such as when and where they were married, their children, and more.

News Updates:

1/2009: Madonna and Guy's divorce was finalized.

10/15/08: After much speculation by the media and after several denials by Madonna, she and Guy Ritchie announced they are divorcing.
Source: "Madonna and Ritchie Divorcing." SFGate.com. 10/15/08.

7/06/08: Madonna denied "she is divorcing Guy Ritchie or having an affair with Yankee star Alex Rodriguez."
Source: Source: K.C. Baker, "Madonna: 'Not Planning on Getting a Divorce'" People.com. 7/06/08.

10/25/05: Madonna admits that her early expectations about marriage nearly ended her marriage to Guy Ritchie.

Born:

Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone: August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan.

Guy Stuart Ritchie: September 10, 1968 in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England.

How Madonna and Guy Met:

Madonna and Guy met one another at a dinner party given by pop star Sting and his wife Trudie Styler in 1998.

Ages at Wedding:

Madonna was 42 and Guy was 32 when they married.

Wedding Date:

Guy and Madonna were married at Skibo Castle in Scotland on December 22, 2000. The century old, 7,000 acre estate was built on the former site of a Viking settlement.

Presider:

Reverend Susan Brown, a Church of Scotland minister.

Madonna and Guy's Wedding Garb:

Madonna wore antique French jewelry to adorn her Gothic style wedding dress that was designed by Stella McCartney of Paris, daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney. Keeping with the tradition of his family clan, Ritchie wore a MacIntosh tartan kilt.

Wedding Guests:

Some of the wedding guests at Madonna and Guy's reportedly private wedding included Gwyneth Paltrow, apparent maid of honor; Pierce Adams, reported best man and a long-time friend of the groom; Donatella Versace; Sting with wife Trudie Styler; Stella McCartney; George Clooney; Robin Williams; Rupert Everett; Brad Pitt.

Children:

  • Rocco John Ritchie: Born in 2000. His father is Guy Ritchie. Rocco was born 3 weeks prematurely.
  • Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon: Born in 1996. Her father is Carlos Leon II, a fitness instructor. Madonna dedicated her song "Little star" to her daughter Lourdes.
  • David Banda: Adopted son, born in 2005 in Malawi. His natural father is Yohane Banda. David's mother died a week after his birth.
  • Chifundo Mercy James: Adopted daughter, born in 2006 in Malawi.

Guy has a son with Jacqui Ainsley. The baby was born in 2011.

Religion:

Madonna was raised a Catholic, but now she follows Kabbalah. Guy was raised a Protestant.

Occupations:

Madonna is a singer, author, and actress.

Guy is a British film director and co-owner of the Punch Bowl, a pub in London.

Previous Marriages:

Guy has no previous marriages.

Madonna has one previous marriage.

  • Madonna married Sean Penn in Malibu, California, on August 16, 1985 in a very public wedding. The marriage lasted four years and ended in divorce on September 14, 1989.

Residences:

Guy and Madonna reside in London, Notting Hill and also own an apartment on the Upper West side of New York City and a 1,200-acre Ashcombe 18th-century estate in Wiltshire. The estate once belonged to photographer Cecil Beaton.

Interests and Hobbies:

Madonna enjoys horseback riding, bike riding, fishing, and clay pigeon shooting.

Guy enjoys Karate and holds a black belt in the sport.

Quotes on Madonna and Guy's Marriage:

Guy: "By the way, I enjoyed my first marriage. It's definitely not something I regret. The experience was ultimately very positive. I love the kids that came out of it, and I could see no other route to take. But you move on, don't you? You're right, I stepped into a soap opera, and I lived in it for quite a long period of my life. I'll probably be more eloquent on it 10 years from now."
Source: Sanjiv Bhattacharya. "Q&A: Guy Ritchie." Details.com. 12/2011.

Madonna about getting married again: "I think I'd rather get run over by a train."
Source: Michael Y. Park. "Madonna Would Rather Get Hit by a Train Than Marry Again." People.com. 10/01/2009.

Madonna about divorce rumors: "My husband and I are not planning on getting a divorce. I know Alex Rodriguez through Guy Oseary, who manages both of us. I brought my kids to a Yankee game. I am not romantically involved in any way with Alex Rodriguez. I have nothing to do with the state of his marriage or what spiritual path he may choose to study.”
Source: K.C. Baker, "Madonna: 'Not Planning on Getting a Divorce'", People.com, 7/06/08.

Madonna about Guy: "I had to marry a challenge because otherwise I would just get bored. Whatever else Guy is, he's never boring ... We're both there to help each other and challenge each other."
Source: David Sims, "Madonna Reveals 'Sex with Guy Is Incredible'" People.com. 4/02/2008.

Madonna, about marriage expectations and soul mates: "I got married for all the wrong reasons ... My husband did not turn out to be everything I had imagined him to be. I just wanted to end everything...there's no such thing as the perfect soulmate ... Your soul-mate is the person that pushes all your buttons-p****s you off on a regular basis ... It's not easy having a good marriage but I don't want easy. I thank God every day that I married a man who made me think. That's my definition of true love."
Source: Sify.com

Madonna about marriage: "I have a successful marriage. That doesn't mean I don't have my ups and downs, but I have an open and honest relationship, and we work things out. Guy and I understand that we've embarked on a journey together. There's no way our relationship would work if we didn't both think the same way."
Source: People Weekly, April 12, 2004 p82

Madonna about her marriage to Guy Ritchie: "I have two beautiful children and a brilliant, gorgeous husband. I have my work and my faith ... If that's boring to some people, I can't tell you how much I don't care."
Source: Imdb.com

Elsewhere on the Web

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.