Madonna, queen of reinvention, to divorce again

Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:08am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - The key to Madonna's enduring appeal has been to stay one step ahead of the game in the famously fickle world of pop.

But a successful musical career does not always equal harmony at home, and the performer announced on Wednesday that she and British film director Guy Ritchie were divorcing eight years after their fairytale wedding in Scotland.

Madonna was married once before to actor Sean Penn in the 1980s.

Few expect the latest personal setback to get in the way of Madonna's stellar career for long. On Wednesday and Thursday she is due to perform gigs in Boston on her "Sticky & Sweet" world tour, before moving on to Canada.

At 50, fans say Madonna is moving and shaking like someone half her age, testament to the rigorous training that underlines the drive and professionalism of a woman who rose from the humble surroundings of a small town in the U.S. state of Michigan to international fame and fabulous riches.

But it is not just stamina and determination that have got the singer to where she is today. Perhaps more than anything else it is her ability to reinvent herself.

From the raunchy videos condemned by the Vatican to "Mamma-Donna" the mother of two heading up the aisle in 2000, she has had more image make-overs than David Bowie -- and always stayed one step ahead of her detractors.

Only last year she was shaking up the music industry again, leaving her long-time record label Warner and joining concert promotion company Live Nation in a long-term deal reported to be worth $120 million.

Having earned tens of millions of dollars on the road already, she was among the first major musical acts to react to the fact that touring was making more money than recording.   Continued...

<p>Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie arrive on the red carpet at the 61st Cannes Film Festival, May 21, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>