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Madonna News - October 2008

Divorce Surprises Madonna’s Ex

In an interview Wednesday on syndicated radio program The Billy Bush Show, Leon said that Madonna and Ritchie’s divorce “was news to me.” He added, “all I know is I just support Madonna and Guy and of course my daughter, and I support all the children and I show them love, and it’s all I can do.”

In regard to his own relationship with Madonna, Leon says, “Any parents that stay friends, it’s really good, good for the children. It’s good for family values. It’s good for a lot of reasons.”

source : people

Lawyers line up for Madonna divorce

Two of London’s most formidable female lawyers will go head to head over Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s divorce.

The pop superstar will be represented by Fiona Shackleton who acted for Sir Paul McCartney in his L24.3 million split from Heather Mills earlier this year.

Facing her will be Helen Ward, who secured L48 million for Beverley Charman when she split from her insurance magnate husband John in 2006.

Mrs Charman’s payout is thought to be the biggest divorce award in English legal history.

A spokesman for the film director confirmed he had hired Manches, the firm where Lady Ward is a partner, but would not say which lawyer would represent Mr Ritchie. Manches refused to comment.

According to the firm’s website Lady Ward “specialises in family law, with emphasis on the financial consequences of the breakdown of relationships with particular expertise in cases involving substantial assets, complexity and an international element.”

It adds: “Where it is necessary she also deals with cases involving the resolution of disputes relating to the children.”

Arrangements for the couple’s children are likely to be central to Madonna and Mr Ritchie’s divorce.

The singer has a 12-year-old daughter, Lourdes, from a previous relationship. The couple have an eight-year-old son, Rocco, and adopted their younger son, David, three, from Malawi.

The divorce was announced in a joint statement released on Wednesday, nearly eight years after the couple’s lavish wedding at Skibo castle, Scotland, on December 22, 2000.

source : mirror

Eugene Hutz on working with Madonna

ComingSoon: I guess the first question is whether you knew Madonna before this whole thing started? Had you met her or had she been a fan of your music?

Eugene Hutz: I think she found out about me through the band, through liking the music and eventually realizing that I’m also the same person, and “Everything is Illuminated” which was directed by our common friend Liev Schreiber.

CS: So was she just a fan of the music and liked what you were saying in the songs and wanted to try to write something around that?

Hutz: I think it’s a part of it for sure, no, I mean it is the fact that’s how it was done. I even got difficult and said I didn’t want to change my look, so that also had to outline pretty much what it is.

CS: She must have approached you fairly early in the process because if she writes this movie with these characters she must think that she must get Eugene early or otherwise…

Hutz: Actually, it was three weeks before we started shooting.

CS: Had she already spent a lot of time writing before you met with her?

Hutz: I think not… I mean I don’t know. Maybe there were blocks that were ready to go, but obviously, because I’m the narrator and the centerpiece of the story, obviously that could not be done before those three weeks. I think we had a lot of fun in making it up and we enjoyed the flow of it.

CS: Once you decided to do it, did you guys spend a lot of time workshopping and deciding who and what AK was going to be?

Hutz: Well, it was easy to sculpt because we were working off my biographical stuff.

CS: Besides knowing the band and your music, you must have spent time with her before you started shooting working that out and figuring out what parts of your life and philosophy were going to be included in the character.

Hutz: I think that we just used whatever seemed to be fun and usable in the moment.

full interview at ComingSoon.net

Madonna takes to the stage following split

Madonna put aside her impending divorce last night to take to the stage in Boston for the latest gig in her world tour.

Ever the consummate professional, the 50-year-old declined to mention the end of her marriage to Guy Ritchie as she performed to a sold-out crowd.

Those expecting her to mention Guy on stage were instead treated to yet more political talk, with the singer urging fans to vote for Barack Obama.

Madonna and Ritchie confirmed they were to divorce on Wednesday, as the singer left New York to travel to Boston for the next stop on her Sticky & Sweet World Tour.

The gig at the city’s Banknorth Garden was the 23rd concert of the tour, which started in Cardiff in August and is expected to end in December.

Madonna cryptically announced to a New York concert audience on October 6: ‘In exactly 29 moves, the Queen will dump the King.’ She then had 29 more dates on her U.S. tour.

source : boston.com

More from Liz on Madonna/Guy Divorce

Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie are ending their almost-eight-year marriage, a rep for the singer confirmed Wednesday.

“The main concern for Madonna and Guy are their children – the security of their children in all senses of the word and the wellbeing of their children,” rep Liz Rosenberg tells PEOPLE. “That’s the priority for both of them moving forward. It’s a sad situation.”

The former couple, who have Rocco, 8, and David, 3, together and Madonna’s 12-year-old daughter Lourdes with ex Carlos Leon, announced their divorce in a statement.

“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.

The statement says they have not agreed to a settlement.

Ths Sun : Madonna Divorce / She’s moving back to New York ?

… The source said: “Despite huge attempts to patch things up they both knew deep down that divorce was on the cards.

“It wasn’t a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. They tried hard over the last few months but their fighting was getting out of control.

“The final straw came before Madonna started her US tour.

“Madonna wanted a highly stage-managed separation, with their split being announced when it was convenient for her.

“She didn’t want the distraction while she is trying to concentrate on her tour.

“But a series of rows around Guy’s 40th birthday last month were so bad that Madge ended up storming out of the house and Guy’s had enough.

“Guy said if they were going to split, it has to be now — and their marriage will finally be over in a matter of weeks.

“Madonna was dithering at first about whether a separation would be best or whether to go ahead with the divorce.

“She has now agreed with Guy that a divorce is the best thing to do.”

Guy has flown back from France, postponing filming of his new movie Sherlock Holmes, to break the news to his parents.

This week he will take his possessions from the couple’s London home, which Madonna owns, and move into their Wiltshire home, which he owns.

Madonna — in New York on Monday night for the premiere of her new movie Filth And Wisdom — initially planned to move back to the US with their three children in July.

The source said: “She was adamant that she was leaving Guy and not coming back.”

But talk of the separation leaked out — along with rumours that Madonna was secretly seeing a married baseball star — and Guy flew out in a public last-ditch bid to repair the marriage.

The Sun led the way in reporting the couple’s ups and downs.

Madonna instructed her spokeswoman to put out a strongly-worded statement insisting there were “no plans” to divorce.

And the couple put on a show of unity at the UK premiere of Guy’s film RocknRolla, at Madonna’s birthday party and then at his birthday bash.

They also shared a weekend in Italy. It was planned as a romantic break but ended with them sleeping in separate rooms.

The source said: “Lately Guy has been putting his foot down about a lot of stuff.

“He is sick of his career taking a backseat to hers and was determined to spend as long as he had to promoting RocknRolla here, even if it meant being away from Madonna rehearsing in the US.”

They went on: “When Madonna first moved to the UK, she loved the idea of becoming an English rose. But slowly it turned sour. She decided she hated hunting and quickly dropped her ‘hobby’ of going for a pint of bitter with Guy in the local pub.

“She doesn’t have many friends here and as she has turned 50 she has become very philosophical and started wondering what it’s all about.”

Other arguments raged about their kids Lourdes, 12, Rocco, eight, and David Banda, two.

The source said: “Guy wants Madonna to stop uprooting them and let them stay in one place.

“It doesn’t help that Lourdes has decided she wants to spend more time with her real father, Carlos Leon, in New York.

“Guy is very keen for Lourdes to have a good relationship with him, but it means Madonna can use that as an excuse to spend more time in America.”

Dancer Carlos has been living in Madonna’s New York apartment for the last few months, overseeing renovations in preparation for the star’s return. During that time they have rekindled a close relationship.

Madonna and Guy have also rowed about her desire to adopt another baby.

Guy did not want to adopt initially because of his own family’s experiences.

His mother Lady Amber Leighton was forced to give up a baby boy for adoption when she was an unmarried 17-year-old, and his stepmother Shireen Ritchie struggled for years to find the truth about the adoption of her mother.

Guy was persuaded by Madonna to adopt David Banda but has since resisted her pleas to adopt a baby girl.

The source said: “Guy adores David and is glad they went ahead with the adoption. But he doesn’t want to adopt another child when their marriage is rocky. It’s a real bone of contention.

“Everyone agrees it is unfair on the children to witness such terrible arguments and so the divorce has been agreed.”

Last night a spokeswoman for Madonna declined to comment.

And as Guy’s dad John left his Chelsea home with Guy’s sister, he refused to answer questions about his son.

Guy’s sister said: “We are not going to say anything today.”

Madonna and Guy Ritchie announce their divorce

Associated Press :

Madonna and filmmaker Guy Ritchie will end their marriage after nearly eight years, the couple said in a joint statement Wednesday.

The couple asked the media to “maintain respect for their family at this difficult time,” said the statement, e-mailed to The Associated Press by Liz Rosenberg, Madonna’s publicist.

A financial settlement has not been agreed by the wealthy couple, who must also decide child custody issues.

In London, Ritchie’s mother, Lady Amber Leighton, told reporters that the family wouldn’t be making any statement.

Madonna and Ritchie, director of “Snatch” and “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels,” married in December 2000 at a Scottish castle. The couple have two children: Rocco, 8, and David Banda, 3, who was adopted from Malawi in 2006. Madonna also has a 12-year-old daughter, Lourdes, from her relationship with personal trainer Carlos Leon.

The couple are reportedly worth some $525 million, the bulk of that belonging to Madonna. Ritchie has an estimated $35 million fortune. They own homes in London, Los Angeles and New York, and a 1,200-acre retreat in Wiltshire, England.

Madonna is to perform concerts Wednesday and Thursday in Boston as her “Sticky and Sweet” tour continues. Ritchie’s latest movie, “RocknRolla,” recently opened to mixed reviews.

Lawyers said the couple would likely try to come to an agreement before heading to court.

“The judgment of the court would be to try and assess what they came in with and divide what they built up fairly equally,” said David Allison, a lawyer with Family Law in Partnership, a London firm.

Ritchie’s career has faltered during the marriage, while Madonna’s songs, videos and concerts remain popular worldwide.

The needs of the couple’s children will also be factored by the court, as they were in Britain’s latest high-profile celebrity divorce, the battle between former Beatle Paul McCartney and model Heather Mills. In that case, McCartney and Mills fought over money and custody of their young daughter.

Mills received 24.3 million pounds in the divorce after four years of marriage.

“The needs of children figure quite highly, and that was one of the reasons Heather Mills got a gigantic amount of money, despite the fact that the bulk of Sir Paul’s money was made before the marriage,” Allison said.

The Sun newspaper splashed the split across its front page Wednesday under the headline: “We’re Divorcing.” It was the second time this year that the superstar couple’s marriage has come under the media microscope. Over the summer, Madonna was linked — unfairly, she said — to the breakup of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez and his ex-wife Cynthia.

Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.

Rumour : Lindsay Lohan to duet with Madonna ?

It seems Lindsay Lohan has been given the green light to record with Madonna.

Lohan told journalists at an event on Monday she has set her sights on recording a duet with the pop superstar – and apparently the Material Girl is up for the idea.

Lohan said, “That would be incredible. That would be beyond…”

News show Extra put the duet idea to Madonna herself, who responded “Yeah sure. Why not?”

source : cbs47.tv

Gossip : Madonna and Ritchie to Announce Divorce

British newspapers say Madonna and Guy Ritchie are splitting up.

The Sun reports the American pop star and British movie director want a divorce finalized by Christmas.

The Daily Mail says a statement on the couple’s future will soon be released. The newspapers cited unnamed sources.

Madonna has been linked to the recent breakup of New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriquez and his wife, Cynthia Rodriquez. Over the summer the pop star denied rumors of a romance with Rodriquez and denied her own marriage was on the rocks.

Madonna is in the middle of her latest world tour, “Sticky & Sweet.”

source : time

Madonna’s directorial debut premieres in New York

Madonna took time out from her Sticky & Sweet tour last night, to celebrate her debut as a film director.

Premiering in New York, Filth and Wisdom is the singer’s first foray into film directing, and is a musical comedy based around the lives of three roommates in London.

Madonna arrived at the screening in what appeared to be a conservative black dress, but never one to cover up her enviable figure, it soon revealed itself to have a completely sheer skirt, flashing her toned pins beneath.

The black dress was the fashion hit of the night cropping up on many of the singer’s celebrity fans and friends.

Mirroring the Material Girl’s look, Lindsay Lohan donned a black minidress, with sheer top panel, and tumbling blonde curls.

Three more of the night’s LBD’s came courtesy of the Ugly Betty cast; America Ferrera in a simple chic shift dress, co-star Becki Newton in strapless and super-short, and Vanessa Williams flaunting her curves in a figure-hugging satin gown.

Brooke Shields added to the list, in a structural knee-length gown, with exaggerated frilled shoulders, while Jessica Alba showed off her stunning post-baby figure in a pretty prom style strappy style.

But the night wasn’t an all-noir affair. A heavily pregnant Naomi Watts proved that a baby bump would not get in the way of her style, arriving in a stunning short satin purple gown teamed with on-trend black ankle boots.

Juliette Lewis worked the red carpet in a blush pink fringed number, and Gossip
Girl Taylor Momsen scored another fashion hit with a neat grey shift and patent show boots.

source ; marieclaire