She Couldn't Deal With Guy's Failure
Hubby covering up his roots was one thing, but Madonna was never one for defeat
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2008 12:15 PM CDT
Madonna performs during her "Sticky and Sweet" tour Wednesday Oct. 15, 2008 in Boston.   (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)
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(Newser) – Their marriage was drenched in artifice, and ultimately doomed. “The last thing I thought I would do is marry some laddish shooting pub-going nature lover,” Madonna once said. But wed Guy Ritchie—and the posh British lifestyle he affected—she did, biographer Andrew Morton writes in the Daily Beast. But what really killed the couple wasn’t dress-up fakery but Ritchie’s lost edge.

The Material Girl could handle playing pretend, going from “dominatrix to dowager” on her country estate. She could even forgive Ritchie his carefully concealed upper-class ties. Madonna has constantly surrounded herself with upward-movers. In 1999, that included hot director Ritchie, but after Swept Away bombed, that wasn’t the case. She “can live with fake,” Morton explains. “But not with failure.”