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In pictures: Madonna and Guy Ritchie

US premiere of Snatch

Pop star Madonna and her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, are to divorce, it has been confirmed. The couple were together for 10 years, and married in December 2000.

Trudie Styler and Sting

The couple were introduced by Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, who was an executive producer on Ritchie's debut film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Rocco's christening

Their first son, Rocco, was born on 11 August 2000. He was baptised in Dornoch Cathedral in the Highlands on the day before his parents tied the knot.

Gwyneth Paltrow and a resident of Dornoch

Madonna said her wedding at Skibo Castle was "magical". Guests included her four-year-old daughter, Lourdes, and Gwyneth Paltrow (left). Local residents were later given a taste of the cake (right).

Outside their California home

The couple had a house built in Beverly Hills, but decided to move to the UK after their wedding. Madonna said their relationship had been "unstable" when they did not have a permanent base.

Ashcombe House Estate

The couple's UK home is the six-bedroom Ashcombe House Estate in Wiltshire. They took court action to make sure ramblers did not have access to the grounds of the Grade II listed building.

Music album launch

Madonna plugged Ritchie's second film, Snatch, at the launch of her 2000 album, Music. One song, I Deserve It, featured the lyric "This guy was meant for me, and I was meant for him".

Swept Away

Ritchie directed Madonna in the 2002 comedy Swept Away. The film, which also starred Adriano Giannini, was a box office flop and picked up five Golden Raspberries.

At the premiere of Arthur and the Invisibles

Madonna and Ritchie took their children Rocco and Lourdes to the premiere of children's movie Arthur and the Invisibles in 2006.

Madonna and her children

The family grew in 2006 when Madonna and Ritchie adopted Malawian orphan David Banda (front). The pop star said the new arrival was "hysterically funny" but also had a "terrible temper".

With Shimon Peres in 2007

A trip to Israel in 2007 resulted in a meeting with the president, Shimon Peres. The couple also attended a conference on Kabbalah, a branch of Jewish mysticism which both partners practise.

RockNRolla premiere

One of the couple's most recent public engagements was at the London premiere of Ritchie's latest gangster film Rocknrolla last month.

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