British Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels helmer Guy Ritchie was beloved by a devoted cult following until Dec. 22, 2000, when he entered the stunning glare of global publicity by marrying history’s most famous sensual diva next to Cleopatra, Madonna.
Less than eight years later they were kaput, after making a boy, Rocco, and adopting another son, named David.
At the time, Ritchie called the marriage as a “circus,” saying the intense pressures that comes with being Madonna strained the couple’s relationship.
Ritchie now says he remembers his time with Madge fondly.
“I enjoyed my first marriage,” Ritchie tells Details mag. “It's definitely not something I regret. The experience was ultimately very positive. I love the kids that came out of it, and I could see no other route to take. But you move on, don’t you?”
Ritchie does admit there was a sideshow element to it all.
“You're right, I stepped into a soap opera, and I lived in it for quite a long period of my life. I'll probably be more eloquent on it 10 years from now.”
Ritchie walked away from Madonna with a tidy divorce settlement reported to be between £50 million and £60 million.
He also took away some wisdom.
Asked what he learned from the marriage, the filmmaker said, “when you end up with a lot of the things you set out to chase and find that you've stumbled into all sorts of hollow victories, then you become deeply philosophical. I'm quite happy that that experience was accelerated for me. I'm glad I made money, in other words. And I'm glad I got married.”