Madonna and Guy Ritchie are to announce they are separating when the singer finished her world tour, it has emerged.
The couple have been married for seven years and have three children – seven-year-old son Rocco, two-year-old adopted son David Banda and 11-year-old daughter Lourdes from Madonna's previous relationship with dancer Carlos Leon.
She is due to begin her Sticky and Sweet tour in Cardiff in August, but the couple are expected to officially announce the split after the final concerts have taken place in Mexico.
It has been rumoured that the pair have been having difficulties for the last two years.
"They're obviously sad but they're dealing with it like grown-ups," said a friend of the couple.
"Things have run their natural course. [But] although the marriage is coming to an end, they don't want to say anything until the tour is over."
It has been reported that Madonna has been consulting Paul McCartney's divorce lawyer Fiona Shackleton.
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