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Guy Ritchie: Marriage to Madonna Was Like a Soap Opera

Director Guy Richie and Madonna pose together at the 2008 world premiere of 'RocknRolla' in London. Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage(LONDON) -- You’ve got to hand it to Guy Ritchie. He makes being married to Madonna sound like guest starring in an episode of One Life to Live.

“I stepped into a soap opera, and I lived in it for quite a long period of my life,” the British director said in an interview in the latest issue of Details. “By the way, I enjoyed my first marriage. It’s definitely not something I regret. The experience was ultimately very positive. I love the kids that came out of it, and I could see no other route to take. But you move on, don’t you?”

When asked what he learned from his eight-year-long marriage to the Material Girl, Ritchie made an oblique reference to the fact that being connected to one of the most famous women on the planet increased his net worth, saying he “stumbled into all sorts of hollow victories” and “I’m glad I made money, in other words. And I’m glad I got married.”

He was much clearer when asked what kind of life advice he gives his kids. (Rocco and David with Madonna, and a new son with girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley.)

“I don’t,” he said. “I’m f**king glad no one gave me too much advice. You’ve got to work it out for yourself. What works for me might not work for anyone else. Because everyone told me that to be good at school was important, but for me it wasn’t. So I am anti-school. And I’m anti people putting so much pressure on kids and robbing their childhood by giving them so much homework. I think if kids want to arse around, then they should.”

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