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'It's not something I regret': Guy Ritchie opens up about his 'soap opera' marriage to Madonna

By Laura Schreffler

No regrets: Guy Ritchie tells Details magazine he doesn't regret his marriage to Madonna

Being the Material Girl's husband may not have been easy for Guy Ritchie, but he doesn't regret his relationship with Madonna.

After three years of virtual silence, the 43-year-old director has finally opened up about his marriage to the Queen of Pop.

'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, he isn't entirely convincing.

'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?'

He expands on why his marriage to the 53-year-old singer didn't work out.

An experience: The Sherlock Holmes director says that his marriage to the Material Girl was a 'soap opera'

'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,' he says.

At the end of the day, the Sherlock Holmes director says he learned a lot from Madonna.

'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,' he said.

No regrets for a reason: Ritchie says that sons Rocco and David Banda (not pictured) were worth the pain

He added: '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.

The two have since moved on with other partners and each has a new child.

Moving on: The Sherlock Holmes director has a son with model girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley

The director and his new model girlfriend, Jacqui Ainsley, welcomed a baby boy in September.

Madonna is seeing toyboy Brahim Zaibat, who, at 24, is less than half her age.

Since splitting from her second husband - she was previously married to Sean Penn - Madonna adopted daughter Mercy James from Malawi in June 2009.

She is also the mother of 15-year-old Lourdes Leon, her daughter with Cuban personal trainer Carlos Leon.

Madonna's new man: The singer is dating 24-year-old Brahim Zaibat



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