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Madonna's Divorce

Madonna's Divorce

Date: Jul 21 2008

Themes: News, Pop Culture


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When you’re famous, everything you do gets exaggerated in the media. If you get a little drunk, suddenly you’re an alcoholic. If you give someone a hug, suddenly you’re sleeping together. And if your spouse appears unhappy in public? Clearly you’re getting a divorce.

For the last couple of months, there have been (untrue) rumors that Madonna and her husband, Guy Ritchie, are getting a divorce. The media was so convincing that Jason believes the couple is breaking up. Listen to him tell Marni about it.


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Jason:  Dude, you know who I thought had it all together?

Marni:  Who? Me? Just kidding. We all know I don’t.

Jason:  No, Madonna. She looks great.

Marni:  Yeah! Going on 50.

Jason:  She’s doing yoga. Just seems to have a really great life. So why did she get divorced?

Marni:  What!?

Jason:  You didn’t know?

Marni:  She and Guy Ritchie?

Jason:  Yup.

Marni:  No! That totally bums me out. I totally felt the same way.

Jason:  Really?

Marni:  Yeah, they’re this cool, super cool couple. She’s a little older. I like that. I think that’s a really good idea. They seemed like this totally cool couple that had it all together.

Jason:  So you don’t have any idea what could have caused it?

Marni:  Well, I’ve been hearing tales of her hanging out with Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees player.

Jason:  That’s so crazy. You figure at age 50 you stop trying to play the field, maybe.

Marni:  Ha! Literally.

Jason:  Yeah. And you just kind of settle down. You’ve got a good thing going.

Marni:  Yeah, you’ve got kids, you’ve got…

Jason:  More than half your life is over, just ride it out.

Marni:  Well, she just signed some insane contract with, I think, Sony Music. I’m not totally sure. So her career is going great. I mean, no problems. And I’m like, “That’s awesome, Madonna, you’re 50 and your career is just better than ever, blowing up.” And maybe Guy Ritchie’s films aren’t commanding such an interest. I don’t know.

Jason:  That does cause tension in a celebrity couple, when one side is more successful than the other.

Marni:  For sure, but still, I really liked them together.

Jason:  I mean, Gavin and Gwen can stay together.

Marni:  Exactly. Certainly one of them is more successful.

Jason:  Yeah for reals. Who knows. But I guess that means I have a shot now.

Marni:  With Madonna?

Jason:  Uh-huh.

Marni:  Maybe we all do.



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Neither Marni nor Jason can believe that Madonna would get a divorce. It just doesn’t seem to make sense. She looks great and has a strong career, but come on, she’s 49. Why doesn’t she just stay married?

Apparently that’s her plan for now. Despite the fact Jason seems to think she’s already divorced, Madonna has said she and her husband are staying together. Do you believe their marriage will last?



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old bitch

10:50 AM Jul 22 2008 |




I like allen su

08:38 AM Jul 22 2008 |

anna zhanghp


now the society is so free. everything can happen, if they  both like this kind life. i think it is good thing.

07:18 AM Jul 22 2008 |




difficult to understand some new words exactly

06:52 AM Jul 22 2008 |

Dan Evans

Dan Evans


Madonna is a singer of US.she's fashion.but sometimes she acts like bitch..I am agree with it.

she's old.when she was 14,she started out of home.

she isn't the style of mine

06:05 AM Jul 22 2008 |




04:22 AM Jul 22 2008 |



United States

i don't really like her , she acts like a bitch some times

07:30 PM Jul 21 2008 |




Dialogue is nice, but I couldn’t listen to it anyhow…
As for the that couple…mmm….they are popular and are accustomed to being in public even with their close relations

05:36 PM Jul 21 2008 |




that is disgusting life!! the one celebrity has a hasband and kids and acts a sex scene!! and hanging out with guys and even she is 50!!!

02:55 PM Jul 21 2008 |



I hope they are together.

12:51 PM Jul 21 2008 |




Madonna is a shadow of US.

i really like her.She is great.

05:27 AM Jul 21 2008 |




good job!

02:42 AM Jul 21 2008 |




Who's Madonna?

02:34 AM Jul 21 2008 |

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