Madonna’s Ex-Husbands| How Many Times Was Madonna Married?

When you’re a popstar goddess who specializes in fishnet stockings and lace outfits, you’re bound to have men dropping to your feet.

Madonna, A.K.A. The Queen of Pop, is the perfect example of that. She has won the hearts of many people around the world – boys and girls alike. Hence, Madonna’s long list of ex-lovers comes as no surprise.

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But out of all the relationships she had, Madonna married twice only – both of which were with famous and successful men. Needless to say, many interesting and juicy things happened in Madonna’s high-profile marriages.

That is why in this article, we’re going to dive deeper into Madonna’s past relationships with her ex-husbands: Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie.

Madonna’s First Husband: Sean Penn

On the day Madonna turned 27-years-old, she married hunk actor Sean Penn after dating for six months. The pair reportedly met while filming the music video for Madonna’s ever-catchy song “Material Girl”.

You can probably say Madonna hit two birds with one stone, because not only did Material Girl become one of the biggest songs in her career, but she also earned herself a lover.

Madonna and Sean quickly became the It-Couple of the 80s, with many believing that they were a perfect match. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Shortly after their marriage, Sean and Madonna faced many serious issues in their marital life. 

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Perhaps the most controversial rumor surrounding the couple’s relationship was the abusive behavior that Penn allegedly had towards Madonna.

At one point during their relationship, Penn was even fined $1,700 and sentenced to a year of probation for striking a man whom he mistakenly thought was making out with his then-wife.

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Many believed Penn’s jealousy problems and short temper were the main reasons why their relationship didn’t work out.

However, Madonna has publicly denied those rumors, saying:

While we certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never struck me, ‘tied me up’, or physically assaulted me, and any report to the contrary is completely outrageous, malicious, reckless, and false.”

After spending 4 years together as a married couple, the two finally filed for divorce. But even after ending their romance, Madonna and Sean remain close friends.

In fact, they even appeared together on stage to help raise money for the pop star’s Raising Malawi charity gala in 2016.

Madonna’s Second Husband: Guy Ritchie

Almost 11 years after her divorce with Sean Penn, the Queen of Pop tied the knot again – this time, going for a younger, English film producer named Guy Ritchie. He is famously known for directing Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes

Madonna and Ritchie welcomed two sons together as a couple: Rocco Ritchie, the pair’s biological child, and David Banda, an orphan they adopted from Malawi, Africa.

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On the surface, it seemed that Madonna and Ritchie were taking this married life seriously. Many thought that they’ll be together for good since, unlike Madonna’s previous marriage, the two never had marital problems that ended up in headlines.

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But that’s exactly what made their divorce such shocking news. As it turns out, they were both unhappy with each other for how many years now.

The reason? Guy didn’t like how much Madonna’s attention was split between her career and family, while Madonna likewise didn’t like how demanding Guy was with her time. The added pressure that the media placed on the duo’s shoulders also made their marriage unpleasant. 

Eventually, Ritchie and Madonna filed for divorce after eight years of being together. But despite their “miserable” marriage, Ritchie claims to have “no regrets” with being married to the Queen of Pop.

A marriage breakdown is a death. That is all I can say. Now I just want to say positive things about her. I don’t regret being married to her, I don’t, you know, not in the slightest.”

Who is Madonna Dating Now?

Madonna’s love life has been very active these past few years, adding more ex-lovers to her dating history, such as:

  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Jesus Luz
  • Brahim Zaibat
  • Timor Steffens
  • Kevin Sampaio

But as of the writing of this article, Madonna is currently dating her back-up dancer, 26-year-old Ahlamalik Williams.

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