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.
Presider:Reverend Susan Brown, a Church of Scotland minister.
Madonna and Guy's Wedding Garb:
- 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.
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.
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.
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:
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."
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."