October 15, 2008 / 8:42 AM / in 9 years

Madonna and Guy Ritchie to divorce: spokeswoman

LONDON (Reuters) - Pop singer Madonna and British film director Guy Ritchie have agreed to get divorced, the singer’s spokeswoman in London said on Wednesday.

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

The announcement of the couple’s decision to split ends months of speculation about their relationship.

“Madonna and Guy Ritchie have agreed to divorce after 7-l/2 years of marriage,” Madonna’s representatives in New York and London said in a statement.

“They have both requested that the media maintain respect for their family at this difficult time. A final settlement has not been agreed upon yet.”

The couple have a son, Rocco, who was several months old on their wedding day in December 2000. In 2006 Madonna applied to adopt David Banda, a boy from Malawi whose mother died shortly after his birth. The adoption was approved by a court in Malawi in May.

Madonna also has a daughter, Lourdes, from an earlier relationship. She was married once before, to actor Sean Penn, in the 1980s.

Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato

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