Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie unveils some of the mystery behind his 8-year union with Madonna, telling the new issue of Details magazine that while he enjoyed the marriage, it was essentially a real life soap opera.
"It's definitely not something I regret," Ritchie said. "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?”
The 43-year-old Snatch director has two kids with the 53-year-old Material Girl: 11-year-old Rocco and 6-year-old David (who they adopted in 2006), as well as an infant son with his current love, model Jacqui Ainsley.
Of his marriage to Madonna, he said, "I stepped into a soap opera, and I lived in it for quite a long time -- I'll probably be more eloquent on it ten years from now -- when you end up with a lot of the things you set out to chase, and find that you've stumbled into all sorts of hollow victories, then you become deeply philosophical.
"I'm quite happy that that experience was accelerated for me. I'm glad I made money, in other words. And I'm glad I got married."
Ritchie’s new film, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, hits theaters December 16.