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Madonna, Guy Ritchie are getting divorced

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Tbdmadonnaguyritchie101608 Enough with the rumor mills! Madonna and Guy Ritchie have made it official: they're getting divorced. Color us shocked, especially since Us magazine has brought up Alex Rodriguez again, blaring "A-Rod and Madonna are more involved than ever" all day long.

"Madonna and Guy Ritchie have agreed to divorce after seven-and-a-half years of marriage," the couple said in a joint statement to the AP on Wednesday. "They have both requested that the media maintain respect for their family at this difficult time."

The pair is quick to point out that there's no financial settlement yet, and they'll still have to hammer out custody details. The couple have two children: Rocco, 8, and David Banda, 3, who was adopted from Malawi in 2006. Madonna also has a 12-year-old daughter, Lourdes, from her relationship with personal trainer Carlos Leon.

The couple are reportedly worth some $525 million, the bulk of that belonging to Madonna. Ritchie has an estimated $35 million fortune. They own homes in London, Los Angeles and New York, and a 1,200-acre retreat in Wiltshire, England.

Madge was in Boston as part of her tour, while Guy was back in London doing London things. And that constant distance was part of the problem, since it led to a lot of fighting, the U.K.'s Sun says.

"It wasn’t a matter of 'if' but ‘when’. They tried hard over the last few months but their fighting was getting out of control," a source tells the paper. "The final straw came before Madonna started her US tour. Madonna wanted a highly stage-managed separation, with their split being announced when it was convenient for her. She didn’t want the distraction while she is trying to concentrate on her tour."

It seems the last straw was yanked just a little while ago, during what should have been a festive occasion.

"But a series of rows around Guy’s 40th birthday last month were so bad that Madge ended up storming out of the house and Guy’s had enough," the source continues. Guy said if they were going to split, it has to be now — and their marriage will finally be over in a matter of weeks."

This is sad for them, but great for The Juice*, since we've been lean in the celebrity divorce department since Paul McCartney and Heather Mills finally left court. That leaves us looking at you, David and Victoria Beckham.

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