After more than a week of stony silence, Madonna's camp has stepped forward to deny the rampant rumors of the pop superstar's impending divorce from filmmaking husband Guy Ritchie.
Madonna's longtime spokesperson, Liz Rosenberg, released a statement to People magazine on Tuesday in which she said that the singer's marriage "does not need saving." Rosenberg was countering rumors that the couple's seven-year union was on the rocks, as well as a British news report that Madonna was seeking legal counsel from the same attorney who represented Paul McCartney in his recent divorce from Heather Mills.
"Madonna's husband Guy arrived in New York last night to be with his wife and family (not in a last-ditch attempt to save his marriage, which does not need saving)," Rosenberg told People. "There are no plans for Madonna and Guy to divorce." Speculation about the couple's marriage reached a fevered pitch this week as Madonna flew to New York to begin preparations for her upcoming Sticky & Sweet Tour, and Ritchie was nowhere to be seen.
The rumors picked up steam when Us Weekly reported that Madonna was seen making several late-night visits to the Central Park West apartment of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Rosenberg denied that report as well, explaining, "Madonna and Alex have the same manager, Guy Oseary. ... They have met. They know each other, and Madonna took her kids to a Yankees game last week. There's really not anything to comment on beyond that."
Madonna and Ritchie have been plagued by divorce rumors a number of times over the past few years, but Rosenberg chalked it all up to the usual chatter that dogs one of the world's most famous personalities. "It's nothing new that people are airing tons of dirty laundry Madonna's way lately — much of it untrue," Rosenberg said, jokingly adding more fuel to the fire by denying a sordid tale that no one had even suggested yet. "By the way, rumors of Madonna and Lil Wayne are quite exaggerated as well."