Madonna Gets Nostalgic About Exes Sean Penn, Guy Ritchie

Entertainment Sep. 5, 2011 AT 12:01PM
Madonna Gets Nostalgic About Exes Sean Penn, Guy Ritchie Credit: Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage.com; Ian Gavan/Getty Images; Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Madonna's first and second marriages didn't end so great.

But the pop superstar turned film director has clearly let bygones be bygones with Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie.

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Promoting her film W.E. (her second effort as a film director) at the Venice Film Festival, Madonna, 53, graciously acknowledged her famous exes. "I am and was attracted to very creative people which is why I married Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie, two very talented directors," the singer said at a press conference last week.

"They both encouraged me as a director and as a creative person to do what I did, and they were both very supportive."

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Back in 1989, Madonna divorced Penn, now 51, after just 4 years of marriage. She and Ritchie, now 42, divorced in 2008 after eight years together; they share a son, 11-year-old Rocco. These days, she keeps company with boyfriend Brahim Zaibat, a 24 year-old French breakdancer.

For now, it remains to be seen whether her inspiring exes have helped Madonna pull off a cinematic achievement with W.E.. The historical flick, about the shocking real-life romance of King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne to be with American divorcée Wallis Simpson, is getting scathing reviews from critics so far.

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The music legend also confirmed plans to release a new studio album -- her follow-up to 2008's Hard Candy -- in early 2012.

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