In the past, when rumors of troubles in Madonna's marriage to director Guy Ritchie have surfaced, the singer has mostly ignored the chatter. But over the weekend, just days after her longtime publicist issued a statement denying that she was seeking to end her seven-year marriage, Madonna herself issued an even more strongly worded statement to People magazine denying the rumors, as well as speculation about an alleged affair with Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.
"My husband and I are not planning on getting a divorce. I know Alex Rodriguez through Guy Oseary, who manages both of us. I brought my kids to a Yankee game. I am not romantically involved in any way with Alex Rodriguez. I have nothing to do with the state of his marriage or what spiritual path he may choose to study," Madonna said in the statement.
Meanwhile, People reported that Rodriguez's wife, Cynthia, left the baseball superstar over rumors of his affair with Madonna, which an unnamed friend told the magazine was the "last straw." She was also reportedly put off by his sudden interest in Kabbalah, a form of Jewish mysticism that Madonna and her family practice.
Cynthia Rodriguez filed for divorce on Monday (July 7) in Miami, according to TMZ, claiming that the slugger had "emotionally abandoned" her and that their marriage is "irretrievably broken" because of her husband's "extramarital affairs and other marital misconduct." Madonna is not named in the divorce papers.
Cynthia, who gave birth to the couple's second child three months ago, has also been the subject of a rumored rock romance — in her case, with Lenny Kravitz. But the perennially eligible rock bachelor released a statement last week explaining that the two are simply friends and that Cynthia fled to Paris to avoid the media frenzy over the divorce.
Madonna treated the latest rumors about her marriage as more of the same type of whispering she's endured for decades. "I have learned over the years not to take accusations and the many false reports about me very seriously," she said. "I also appreciate how fiction and fact seem to be perceived as one and the same by people who read both newspapers and the Internet."