Madonna's first marriage was to actor Sean Penn in 1985 and it took place on her 27th birthday (and the day before his 25th). They were married for a little more than two years. Her second marriage was to British movie director Guy Ritchie, ten years her junior, and the ceremony was held on December 22, 2000 at a castle in Scotland. It was during this time Madge fashioned a British accent that was widely ridiculed on both sides of the Atlantic.
Madonna and Ritchie divorced in 2008. Commenting on the marriage, Ritchie reportedly confided that he had "stepped into a soap opera". They had two children together: son Rocco was born four months before the wedding and son David was adopted from the African nation of Malawi. After their divorce Madonna adopted a second child from that country, daughter Mercy (both adoptions were steeped in controversy). Madonna also has a 17-year-old daughter, Lourdes, fathered by her former personal trainer, Carlos Leon.
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