Although Guy Ritchie and Madonna split in 2008, the director says he has no regrets over their time together and is grateful for their marriage because of their children – sons Rocco, 11, and David Banda, 6.
“I enjoyed my first marriage. It’s definitely not something I regret,” he told Details of his eight-year union with the pop queen. “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?”
Guy – who recently became a father again when girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley gave birth to a boy – says his life’s triumphs and failures helped him gain perspective. “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. 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.”
However, the Sherlock Holmes director admitted their marriage wasn’t always an easy one. “I stepped into a soap opera, and I lived in it for quite a long time. I’ll probably be more eloquent on it 10 years from now,” he said.