The actual announcement about Madonna and Guy Ritchie's split may be yesterday's news, but the obsession over the marriage's demise is anything but—with no less than three mags making it their cover stories this week. And given some of the nastier details being reported, we can certainly understand why.
"She would taunt Guy, saying, 'I should have married someone like me: strong, hot-blooded, intelligent, ambitious, spiritual,' " a source for Guy tells Us Weekly. "Their fights would often get heated. A few times Madonna slapped him or poked him."
Well, Guy apparently didn't take very kindly to such comments and is said to have had a few choice words of his own...
"Guy called her old, fat, ugly and wrinkled and said that she was stupid and couldn't sing," a friend from the Madonna camp reveals to Us.
Over at OK!, a source close to Guy thinks Madonna has "instructed her team to start a hate campaign" against her soon-to-be ex. (Although it's probably safe to assume the pop icon had nothing to do with the report in the U.K.'s News of the World about Guy supposedly admitting that sex with her was like "cuddling up to a piece of gristle.")
Meanwhile, People reports that for Guy, being with someone like Madonna was, quite simply, draining.
"She was more about being a celebrity and he was more low-key. He wanted to live in London and live a normal life, but that's impossible when you're married to Madonna," says a source for both sides. A Madonna pal adds, "She was always first when it came to her husband or herself, and that really took a toll on Guy. There was only so much he could put up with."
Something tells us we ain't seen nothing yet.