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Madonna tells of love for England
Pop star Madonna has fallen in love with English country life, she has told American Vogue magazine.

In a interview with the magazine, the singer said she sees England - and not the US - as "home".

She is pictured in the August edition of the style magazine with her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, and two children Lourdes and Rocco.

The 46-year-old also said she is very different from her overtly sexual image of the 1990s.

She told the magazine: "The last thing I thought I would do is marry some laddish, shooting, pub going nature lover.

"And the last thing he thought he was going to do was marry some cheeky girl from the Midwest who doesn't take no for an answer.

"But now I love England and want to be here and not in America. I see England as my home."

Madonna added that she and Ritchie fell in love with their 1,000-acre estate, Ashcombe, on the Wiltshire/Dorset border.

She said she wears sensible shoes around the estate, goes hunting and fishing, rides horses and looks after her flock of chickens.

Her children, Lourdes, eight, and Rocco, four, feature in photographs in the 17-page Vogue spread called "Like a Duchess".

"To me, Ashcombe is a reflection of me and my husband in many ways, because it reflects our willingness to make a commitment," she added.

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