Guy Ritchie and Jacqui Ainsley, 14-Year Age Difference

Sugar Daddy Guy Ritchie and Jacqui Ainsley

Sugar Daddy Guy Ritchie and Jacqui AinsleyGuy Ritchie is a renowned screen­writer and film­maker with pop­u­lar titles such as Lock, Stock and Two Smok­ing Bar­rels (1998), Snatch (2000), Rock­n­Rolla (2008), and Sher­lock Holmes (2009). But what Ritchie is prob­a­bly more famous for is his high-profile mar­riage to Madonna, who is 10 years older than him.

The celebrity cou­ple first met in the late 90s through a mutual friend. At the time, his first fea­ture film had just been released and the sound­track was issued by Mav­er­ick Records, which Madonna co-founded. About a year after Madonna and Ritchie started dat­ing, she gave birth to their son, Rocco Ritchie, and they mar­ried four months later. They also adopted a lit­tle boy from Malawi.

Fol­low­ing their mar­riage, Ritchie started to focus much of his career on his new wife, direct­ing the con­tro­ver­sial music video for her song “What It Feels Like for a Girl” and cast­ing her in his 2002 film Swept Away. The film was a com­plete flop accord­ing to both crit­ics and com­mer­cial audiences.

In Octo­ber 2008, media tabloids began report­ing that the celebrity couple’s mar­riage was on the rocks, and that it was only a mat­ter of time before they split. Not long after, rep­re­sen­ta­tives for both Ritchie and Madonna con­firmed that they were, in fact, headed for a divorce after eight years of mar­riage because they couldn’t “bear to live with the pre­tense any longer.” Insid­ers spec­u­lated that the end of their mar­riage had a lot to do with oppos­ing views on faith, fame, adop­tion, and Madonna’s close rela­tion­ship with base­ball player Alex Rodriguez. Although she denied that they ever had an affair, even their friend­ship was report­edly a prob­lem for Ritchie. In the divorce papers, Madonna cited her soon-to-be ex-husband’s “unrea­son­able behav­ior” as one of the causes.

Since the celebrity cou­ple didn’t have a prenup in place, divid­ing the assets proved to be a daunt­ing task. They finally reached a divorce set­tle­ment in Decem­ber 2008, with Madonna pay­ing Ritchie between $76 mil­lion and $92 million.

While Madonna went on to date much younger men, Ritchie found him­self smit­ten with model Jacqui Ains­ley, who was 14 years younger than he was. In Sep­tem­ber 2011, Ains­ley gave birth to their first child, a son named Rafael, and in July 2012, they revealed that they were expect­ing a sec­ond baby. Ritchie pro­posed to his new lead­ing lady a few months later. In Novem­ber 2012, Ritchie and his new fiancée wel­comed a baby girl.

Although this new celebrity cou­ple haven’t tied the knot just yet, they’ve been spot­ted around town with their two kids in tow and look­ing hap­pier than ever. Accord­ing to Ains­ley, she believes her older man truly is her “soul­mate,” adding, “I love every moment we spend together. I can’t see that ever changing.”

Sources:

“Guy Ritchie ‘Doing Fine’ After Divorce News,” Show­bizSpy web site, Octo­ber 16, 2008; http://goo.gl/qjhoVl.

“Guy Ritchie – Jacqui Ains­ley Says Guy Is Her ‘Soul­mate,’” Contactmusic.com web site, Jan­u­ary 31, 2011; http://goo.gl/wGuIzT.

Orloff, B., “Rep: Madonna to Pay Guy Ritchie $76 Mil­lion in Divorce Set­tle­ment,” Peo­ple web site, Decem­ber 15, 2008; http://goo.gl/ePLcWt.

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