A statement e-mailed to The Associated Press from Madonna spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg says the couple has agreed to divorce, and asks the media to respect their privacy.The statement, co-signed by Ritchie’s representative, says the couple had not agreed to a settlement.
The Sun newspaper — a British tabloid — first reported Wednesday that the couple would announce the split imminently.Ritchie, 40, and Madonna married seven years ago at a lavish ceremony in Scotland, but rumors have been circulating in the press recently that their relationship was increasingly under strain.Earlier this year, the singer denied being involved romantically with New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez was eventually divorced from his wife.
The last time the couple was seen together in public was in September, when Madonna took a break from touring to celebrate her husband’s birthday at a London pub.The couple have two children together — Rocco, 8, and David, 3, adopted from Malawi in 2006. Madonna also has a daughter, Lourdes, 12, from a previous relationship with dancer Carlos Leon.
Madonna, who turned 50 earlier this year, was previously married to U.S. actor Sean Penn from 1985 to 1989.