After almost eight years of marriage, Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie are ending their marriage.

 

Madonna’s spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg said in a statement, co-signed by a representative of filmmaker Guy, that the couple had not agreed on a settlement, the Associated Press reported.

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"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," says the statement.

 

London’s The Sun and Daily Mail both cited unnamed sources today who said that the couple will have a final divorce by December, just after Madonna wraps up her world tour.

 

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The couple had a rocky year: this summer rumors swirled over Madonna’s alleged involvement in the breakup of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez‘s marriage to his ex-wife Cynthia. The super star musician denied any part in that split, and she and Guy had gone out together in public shows of marital solidarity since then.

 

However the writing has been on the wall for some time: when OK! asked Guy the secret to a happy marriage back in September at the Toronto Film Festival, his answer was telling.

 

"Ah, if you know, you tell me," he said. "That’s a toughie, and… maybe you know the answer."

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