After three years of virtual silence, the 43-year-old director Guy Ritchie has finally opened up about his marriage to Madonna.
"I enjoyed my first marriage. It's definitely not something I regret," Ritchie says in the new issue of Details magazine. Although he clarifies that he experience was worthwhile because two of his children, biological son Rocco, 11, and adopted son David, 6, came out of it.
"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?"
"I stepped into a soap opera, and I lived in it for quite a long time. I'll probably be more eloquent on it ten years from now."
"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," Ritchie said.
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"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."
He wed the superstar in a lavish 2000 ceremony at Skibo Castle in Scotland. They announced their split in October of 2008; the divorce was finalised in January 2009.