Guess what Lourdes, Rocco and David Ritchie may get for Christmas? Their parents – pop star Madonna and movie director Guy Ritchie – are hoping to make their divorce final before Santa arrives. Oh what a treat for the kids!
Madonna, who took a break from her Sticky and Sweet world tour to premiere her film Filth and Wisdom in New York on Monday, clearly didn’t want to stick it out any more with Ritchie. The film, which has negative buzz, will open on Friday.
Ritchie has had a lackluster film career of late himself. His latest film, the gangsta saga "RocknRolla," has struck out with the public as well. (It opens in America later this year.)
The split rumors have swirled for months, but the couple's press reps have now confirmed that it is true. With Madonna on tour, it's understandable for her to be so busy that she didn't miss the routine of married life. People hover around her, catering to her every whim. Each night after a performance is a party.
Unlike women who are trapped in their marriages because of personal finances and the bad economy, high-income women like Madonna are free to go their own way when they are not happy.
She's not the only high-powered woman to find her marriage did not survive her career: Think Pink, Reese Witherspoon, Christie Brinkley. In each case, the woman ended up paying substantial manimony.
So money is one reason why studies in "Social Forces" and "The Journal of Marriage and Family" say that women who are more successful than their husbands have higher divorce rates.
But there are other pressures, too. Some men resort to passive aggressive behavior when their wives are stars; some women just don't feel a man is a man, if the woman is the major bread winner.
Ritchie did put on Madonna's 50th bash in August, it is said, gave her a $440,000 matched set of earrings and necklace, and made a film showing their lives together, all to patch things up. On the other hand, they were squabbling fiercely at his 40th birthday party at a London pub last month.
So Madonna made a decision to move on, and who are we to guess why? When not on tour, she has been spending a lot of time in New York. Although the couple has homes in England, Madonna has always kept her pre-wedding Central Park West apartment. As early as this summer, she was photographed without her wedding ring, a sign that the family circle was taking a turn.
It is now assumed that she will live in New York and bring her children to the US to enroll in school. And she may go ahead and adopt more children, which has been a continuing interest since she adopted David.
Ritchie and Madonna were married in 2000. Together, they are said to be worth worth more than $520 million, with Ritchie bringing $35 million to the relationship. Their homes are in London, Los Angeles, and New York, and they have a mansion in Wiltshire, England, on 1,200 acres.
Their reps said that there had not yet been any agreement on a divorce settlement.
All we can say is that, looking at Madonna's arms, Ritchie should be reluctant to wrestle with her over money. Madonna has always been very smart in her business dealings, and likely will emerge a winner, even if she ends up paying Ritchie half of their wealth, or $260 million.
Whatever the outcome, there will definitely be a new cougar in town.