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Madonna and Guy Ritchie to divorce

By Stephanie Lysaght, Los Angeles Times staff writer and Denise Martin, Special to The Times Madonna and Guy Ritchie to divorce After almost eight years of marriage, Madonna and Guy Ritchie are divorcing. The couple announced the news in a statement, reading, “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." For months, however, the media has done nothing but scrutinize Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s relationship. Much of the tabloid scrutiny centered on Madonna’s alleged affair with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Not long ago, Madonna told People magazine, "I want to officially and for the record state the following facts: My husband and I are not planning on getting a divorce. I know Alex Rodriguez through Guy Oseary, who manages both of us.... I am not romantically involved in any way with Alex Rodriguez. I have nothing to do with the state of his marriage or what spiritual path he may choose to study." Madonna was hardly the first celebrity to tell the media one thing and then go off and do another. Here are some other past denials that turned out to be true. Jamie Rector / European Pressphoto Agency
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