News of the World reports that before Madonna and Guy Ritchie announced their intentions to divorce earlier this week, the couple hadn’t had sex for 18 months. “He got more and more frustrated as she spent nearly half the day working out. Afterwards she’d be too tired to make love,” a close friend of the couple told the British tabloid. “And towards the end Guy wouldn’t be there. He’d get fed up waiting for her and go down the pub with his mates. He is the one behind the split.”
The entire story at newsoftheworld.co.uk has since been removed.
Was Guy Ritchie Verbally Abusive Towards Madonna?
October 18, 2008 – The Daily Mail reports that as Madonna and Guy Ritchie head to divorce court, the Material Girl is claiming the producer was cruel and verbally-abusive, belittling and ridiculing her in front of others. “Outwardly she’s the material girl and bursting with confidence, but turning 50 really hit her hard,” a source close to the couple told the British tabloid. “Madonna says Guy never said the right things to get her over that hurdle. She says he basically let her know that he thought she was over the hill. She said he had a subtle indifference towards her. She felt particularly vulnerable and felt Guy played on that, telling her that she looked ‘past it’, which would damage her confidence. She is alleging he would tell her that she really should give up the live touring and that she looked like a granny compared to the nubile youngsters dancing with her on stage.” Read more.
Guy Ritchie’s Dad Says Madonna’s Being Beastly
October 17, 2008 – The Sun reports Guy Ritchie’s father John is speaking out against Madonna after the singer appeared to call her estranged hubby Guy an “emotional retard” in front of thousands of fans at a Boston gig. “She’s being beastly,” the 78-year-old remarked. “She is saying, ‘Did you ever love me?’ It goes back to a time when she fell off her horse and she’s blaming him for that. She’s calling him an emotional retard. When he’s being bashed by her it’s horrid.” Read more.
Madonna, Guy Ritchie Battle Over Where Kids Will Be Raised
October 17, 2008 – The Daily Mail reports that although Madonna wants to raise their three children – Lourdes, her daughter with Carlos Leon; son Rocco, and adopted son David – in New York, her estranged husband Guy Ritchie would rather they continue attending private schools in Britain. “Madonna wants them to be brought up in the cosmopolitan environment of New York,” a source told the British tabloid. “Guy wants them to continue growing up in London and Wiltshire, being privately educated in Britain. This has been the major stumbling block as to why their lawyers have not been able to negotiate an out-of-court settlement.” Read more.
DA: Madonna Wasn’t Cooperative In Stalking Case
October 17, 2008 – L.A. Deputy District Attorney Rhonda Saunders spoke with The New York Daily News about how difficult it was to get Madonna to testify against her stalker, Robert Dewey Hoskins, who threatened to cut her throat from ear to ear. “I actually had to have the LAPD stake out her house,” Saunders said. “They let me know when she was back, and then I got a subpoena. I had to get a judge to order a $5 million ‘body attachment’ on her (an arrest like warrant for recalcitrant witnesses). I asked her why she had made it so difficult for us, and her response was very telling. She said, ‘Because by my coming to court, he’s now sitting within 15 feet of me. It gave him what he wanted’.” Read more.