Madonna to pay her ex R1,53bn

Superstar Madonna will hand ex-husband Guy Ritchie almost R1,53 billion to end their marriage, her spokeswoman confirmed.

Superstar Madonna will hand ex-husband Guy Ritchie almost R1,53 billion to end their marriage, her spokeswoman confirmed.

Liz Rosenberg, Madonna's longtime representative, announced on Monday that a divorce settlement has been reached and director Ritchie will receive between R1,16 billion and R1,53 billion.

The figure includes the value of the English country house and London pub the celebrity couple shared.

Rosenberg said in a statement: "I'd assume it's one of the largest payouts ever in a divorce settlement."

Rosenberg revealed that custody of the couple's sons Rocco and David has yet to be finalised.

She dismissed rumours the former couple would spend Christmas together with their children in London.

Madonna, 50, and 40-year-old Ritchie's split was announced in October, ending months of speculation.

The superstar filed for divorce citing Ritchie's "unreasonable behaviour" and was granted a quickie preliminary split on November 21.

Madonna is now rumoured to be dating New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez, who has become known as A Rod. - Wenn

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