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What Guy Ritchie learnt from Madonna...

Every relationship that I’ve had has taught me lessons: some that I refuse to acknowledge, some that I want to run away from and some that have helped me define myself and provide me with positive direction.

It’s not just the major relationships, the great loves – it’s also my friendships and my familial relationships that I’ve learned from. Even my work relationships. For instance in my last  job I had, I had an er, interesting relationship with my boss and while I think that it was ultimately not healthy to work with someone who made me doubt myself ALL THE TIME it certainly helped me come into this job with more self awareness and better boundaries. In fact when I think about the last job it seems like a bit of a nightmare  Unlike Guy Ritchie who felt his last major relationship (although it was with his wife not a boss) was like living in a soap opera.

Ritchie was recently interviewed by Details magazine. I’m guessing the interview was part of the publicity trail for the new Sherlock Holmes movie he is directing, but it’s his reflection on his marriage to Madonna that made me take stock

DETAILS: You married Madonna when you were still a fledgling director and she was the most famous woman in the world. What was that adjustment like?
Guy Ritchie: I don’t know. 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? You’re right, I stepped into a soap opera, and I lived in it for quite a long period of my life. I’ll probably be more eloquent on it 10 years from now.

DETAILS: What did you learn from that marriage?
Guy Ritchie: 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.

Lessons learned. Children gained. Oh and money also.
What did you learn or take away from your last relationship?
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