While there are some conflicting reports on the amounts, Daily World is saying £10 million cash, The Sun is saying £20 million, it’s widely reported that the attorneys for Madonna and Guy Ritchie have hashed out an early divorce settlement that both parties seem ok with. In more evidence that the process for this divorce started well before the announcement last week, the agreement will give Ritchie somewhere between £10 to 20 million, the Ashcombe House in the country and the Punchbowl Pub he’s so fond of. The cash part of the settlement is for Ritchie’s part of the two Marylebone houses and their cottages.
As a further part of the deal, Guy agrees to a gag clause, swearing him to silence about life with Madge. Guy doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who would go running to the tabloids to make a buck anyway, so this probably wasn’t a big deal to him.
As part of the deal Guy, 40, has agreed to a gagging clause that will prevent him from ever talking about their seven-and-a-half-year marriage.
The couple agreed the settlement via their lawyers and film director Guy yesterday told friends he is ‘hugely relieved’ and walking away from the broken marriage ‘a happier man’.
Guy will own Ashcombe House, their 1,200 acre £10million estate in Wiltshire, while Madonna will keep the couple’s £7million townhouse in Marylebone in central London.
A source close to Guy said last night: ‘He just wants out, he has had enough of the Madonna circus and he is massively relieved. It was never about the money.
‘The most important things to him are having full access to his kids, whom he adores, and a quiet life.
‘The one thing he wants more than anything is their house in the country along with his pub The Punchbowl.
‘She is giving Guy £10million, which is the value of their London home and it’s basically a way of buying his silence.
[From The Daily Mail]
Madonna was undoubtedly happy with the arrangement, she gets to keep most of her nearly $600 million fortune. According to the Daily Mail, Madonna will be moving herself and the kids back to the US, but Guy will continue to have full access to them. He decided not to get into a custody fight because he was told there was virtually no way Madonna, as their mother, would be denied custody. The source says Ritchie is a dovoted father and will be buying an apartment in NYC so that he can see the kids more often.
That’s not all Guy is going to do more often. Ritchie plans to get alot more of what he’s been lacking and is looking forward to taking up as many of the propositions he’s always gotten from women as he can.
Pals also said Guy now plans to bed as many women as possible. The source said: “Guy has always been very popular with women. They have thrown themselves at him throughout his marriage but he has always been utterly faithful.
“Now it’s all over he plans to have a little fun — something that has been missing from his life for far too long.”
[From The Sun]
From what I’ve gathered, there are plenty of women on both sides of the Atlantic ready to let Guy finally feel something soft.
Guy Ritchie is shown outside his office in London on 10/17/08. Credit: Bauergriffinonline. Madonna is shown outside the Kabbalah Centre in NY on 10/18/08. Credit: Fame Pictures