Guy Ritchie and Madonna Split After Eight Years
On November 22, 2008, a London Court unceremoniously dissolved the marriage of British film director Guy Ritchie and American pop superstar Madonna. Madonna had filed for the separation, claiming that Ritchie had exhibited unreasonable behavior. The court took all of a minute to dissolve the marriage, and neither Madonna or Ritchie nor their attorneys were around to hear Judge Reid deliver the decree nisi.
The Madonna-Ritchie separation was a remarkably low-key affair — especially when compared to the bloodbath that was the divorce of former Beatle, Paul McCartney, and his ex, Heather Mills.
All told, it’s estimated that Madonna’s personal fortune is worth nearly half a billion dollars, while Ritchie’s assets total nearly $50 million. The couple will share custody of their two boys, an eight year old son named Rocco and a three year old adopted son named David Banda. Madonna also has a 12-year-old daughter with an ex-boyfriend, Carlos Leon. The Friday afternoon court hearing in which the decree nisi was pronounced also featured the dissolution of 17 other marriages.
The couple married at a Scottish Castle in late 2000 but encountered problems stemming from the fact that — at least according to Madonna — Ritchie spent his time at the bar with his friends and proved to be generally “indolent.” Ritchie suggested that for her part, Madonna was unhealthily obsessed with Kabbalah and was very controlling and OCD.
The couple shared substantial assets, including properties in London, New York, and Beverly Hills, which their property division lawyers will have to discuss.
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