As soon as the film director arrived he headed straight to Madonna's Manhattan apartment, where the singer was waiting with their kids Lourdes, 11 Rocco, 7, and David, 2. Madge, whose ring was also missing, had been spotted looking gaunt and visiting a top skin doctor. The 49-year-old singer met dermatologist Roy Geronemus on a two-hour visit to a clinic, which specialised in anti-ageing, though it is not known if she had any treatment. She was later spotted pouring out her heart to long-time manager Guy Oseary at a hotel.
"She seemed serious. It looked like speculation about her marriage is taking its toll," the Sun quoted an onlooker as saying. Looks like part of the trouble stems from Madonna, who is rehearsing for a US tour, wanting to move to New York, with Ritchie preferring to stay in Britain.
And while Madge attended Sabbath service at the Kabbalah Centre in NYC on Friday and Saturday, along with her three children and daughter Lourdes' biological dad Carlos Leon, Richie turned to pal Trudie Styler for support in London.
The Times of London reported that she had last week met with high-powered British divorce attorney Fiona Shackleton, who represented Paul McCartney in his split from Heather Mills. According to The Times, Ritchie has been meeting with a lesser-known law firm, Forsters. Ritchie's mother, Lady Amber Leighton, denied any split rumours in an interview with London's Mail On Sunday.
"They are no different to most other couples and we all know that being together can be hard sometimes and marriages are not always a bed of roses," she said.