Guy Ritchie is reportedly “livid” over divorce details about his divorce from Madonna being leaked to the press. ‘The Early Show’ co-host Julie Chen talked to divorce attorney Nancy Chemtos about possible scenarios, and with Katie Nicholl, an editor from London’s Mail On Sunday. Chemtos said Madonna would be better off filing for divorce in the U.S., where she could keep her pre-marital earnings, though the child custody issue may make England the better bet. Nicholl said the timing of the marriage was bizarre, with Richie’s new movie just opening, while Madonna is currently on tour. “I don’t think either of them wanted this story to come out,” Nicholl said. “I think the British press, there was a leak, and I understand Guy Ritchie is absolutely livid, those were the words I’m told that this story has broken now.” Watch the report, aired Thursday (October 16), below the cut.
Mutual Friends Will Have To Decide Between Madonna And Guy
October 16, 2008 – The Daily Mail reports Madonna has been telling those who are friends with both her and Guy Ritchie that they must decide who they want to continue to be friends with as the star couple heads for a divorce battle. “Madonna does not want to be telling one of her good friends in confidence about some part of the divorce strategy only to discover that the information has found its way back to Guy,” a source told the British tabloid. “The next few months will be a time where Guy and Madonna will only talk through lawyers. It will be a time of intense posturing and strategy play between their legal teams as each side negotiates to get what they want from the break-up. The last thing Madonna wants is to be telling a friend about the current state of, for example, the custody battle over the children, and then to find that information has immediately got back to Guy.” Read more.
Madonna And Guy Ritchie Lawyer Up
October 16, 2008 – The Independent hears that Madonna has hired Fiona Shackleton, 52, nicknamed the “Steel Magnolia”, to represent her in her divorce from Guy Ritchie. Shackleton previously acted for Sir Paul McCartney and Prince Charles in their divorces. Meanwhile, Ritchie is believed to have tapped Lady Helen Ward, 57, to represent him. The paper says the split “could be the biggest divorce in British legal history.” The entire story at independent.co.uk has since been removed.
Madonna’s Horseback Fall Doomed Marriage
October 16, 2008 – The Sun reports that Madonna felt husband Guy Ritchie showed a “complete lack of love and sympathy” after the singer snapped eight bones in a fall from a horseback in 2005, prompting her to tell the film director: “Did you ever actually love me?”
A family friend told the British tabloid, “From the moment Madonna fell from that horse, their marriage was doomed. If you can pinpoint an exact event or incident which spelled the death knell for them as a couple, Madonna’s horse-riding accident was it. Every other row the couple had following that boiled down to what happened that summer.”
As Madonna recovered from the fall, she was expecting her man to be at her bedside and showering her with sympathy. “Guy’s approach was that a few broken bones is no big deal – and that there was no point in making a drama out of a crisis,” the family friend revealed. “But in Madonna’s mind, she could have been killed, and she wanted the full works and to be lavished with love and attention. She was so furious at what she saw as Guy’s lack of support and cruelty that she told him she was wrong to marry him as he couldn’t possibly be her soulmate.” Read more.