'There were cracks in the veneer': Madonna finally opens up on divorce to Guy Ritchie saying it left her wondering if true love existed
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Madonna has revealed that her marriage
to Guy Ritchie collapsed because the romance died, leaving her
wondering if true love even existed.
The singer said that at the start things were ‘flawless’ but as the years rolled on she began to notice ‘cracks in the veneer’.
She began to have doubts and realised that marriage ‘wasn’t what I thought it was going to be’.
It's over: Madonna has spoken out about her divorce to Guy Ritchie in 2008, saying that marriage wasnt what I thought it was going to be
And come the end of their relationship
all she could think about was the brutally blunt question: ‘How much am
I willing to sacrifice’
Madonna, 53, and Ritchie, 43, finally split up in 2008 after eight years of marriage.
They had a son together, Rocco, 11, and adopted another boy, David Banda, six.
In an interview with Newsweek
magazine, Madonna said that she was nearing the end of her marriage when
she started writing her new film W.E. about the love affair between
Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, her first major project since the
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At the time she said she was
‘certainly asking a kind of existential question that I think people ask
when they’ve been married that long: what is the perfect love’
She said: ‘Because when you start off,
everything’s great and lovely, and the person you’ve married is
flawless, and you’re flawless.
‘Then time goes by, and you share a life, you have children, and there are cracks in the veneer.
‘It’s not as romantic as it used to
be. You think, ‘This isn’t what I thought it was going to be,’ and ‘How
much am I willing to sacrifice’’
Madonna’s comments are a rare insight
into her marriage, but Ritchie has been far more vocal about their
relationship in the past.
He has said that whilst he does not regret his time with her, the drama was too much and that their life became a ‘soap opera’.
Reliving a moment: Meanwhile, Madonna appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and spoke about her 1984 performance of Like A Virgin
Friends of his have also claimed that
her strict diet, her Kabbalah religion and obsession with yoga made it
hard to live with her.
Madonna, who has four children in total, is currently dating dancer Brahim Zaibat, who at 24 is 29 years her junior.
She said in a recent interview that
she is actually still a romantic and hoped one day to be 'swept away by a
knight in shining armour'.
Ritchie is dating model Jacqui Ainsley and the couple had a baby son in September.
Meanwhile, on Tonight’s Jay Leno show, Madonna spoke about one of her most iconic past performances.
The singer revealed how her
infamous rendition of Like A Virgin at the 1984 Video Music Awards was
not all planned – in fact flashing her underwear was an accident.
Madonna, who was looking demure in a sparkling shift dress which just below the knee and a pair of Christian Louboutin heels explained the incident.
Sophisticated style: The singer looked chic in a sparkling black shift dress and Christian Louboutin peep toe heels
She said: ‘Here’s what happened. I
was standing at the top of a wedding cake, as one does, and I walked
down these steps, which were the tiers of a wedding cake. And I lost my
shoe. I lost my white stiletto. And I thought, 'Oh god, how am I gonna
get that It's over there and I'm on TV.'’
I thought well, I'll just pretend I meant to do this and I dove on to
the floor and I rolled around and I reached for the shoe. And as I
reached for the shoe, the dress went up. And the underpants were
showing…. I didn't mean to.
Leno noted: ‘And it became the greatest night in television history.’
Earlier, it emerged that Elton John offered the signer some rather unfriendly advice ahead of her Superbowl performance.
'Make sure you lip-synch good' he said mischievously.
Viewers have been treated to a sneak peak of Madona's new song which will be seen on Thursday night's American Idol show ahead of her performance at the Super bowl.
Unfriendly advice: Sir Elton John has told Madonna 'Make sure you lip-synch good' in reference to her Super Bowl performance
A short clip of the music video which features Nicki Minaj has been aired and by the looks of things Madonna is looking better than ever.
While the public might be firmly focusing on her music Madonna is also still putting plenty of effort into her Malawi schools projects.
The singer has announced plans to
build 10 new schools in Malawi with a new partner after mismanagement
forced the pop star to scrap her first project there last year.
singer, who has adopted two children from the impoverished southern
African nation, said she hoped the 10 new schools would educate at least
1,000 children a year, half of them girls.
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That is double the number of children she hoped to help with her previously planned academy for girls, which was scrapped in March 2011 because of mismanagement and cost overruns.
Madonna said her Raising Malawi charity was teaming up this time with the non-profit group buildOn, which has constructed 54 primary schools in Malawi in the last 19 years.
She said; 'I am excited that with the help of buildOn, we can maintain our ongoing commitment to move forward efficiently. We now will be able to serve twice as many children as we would have served with our old approach.'
The artwork for Madonna's new album was revealed today