Guy Ritchie and Madonna weren't exactly on the best terms when their eight-year marriage ended in 2008 — but that's all water under the bridge now.
"I enjoyed my first marriage. It's definitely not something I regret. The experience was ultimately very positive," Ritchie, 43, tells the December/January issue of Details. "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?" the Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows director adds. "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."
Ritchie — who has one biological child with Madonna, son Rocco, 11 — adds that "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," he explains. "I'm glad I made money, in other words. And I'm glad I got married."
The British filmmaker also welcomed a baby boy with girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley in September 2011, though Ritchie says he's not big on sharing parenting tips.
"I'm f-cking glad no one gave me too much advice. You've got to work it out for yourself," he tells Details. "And I am anti people putting so much pressure on kids and robbing their childhood by giving them so much homework. I think if kids want to arse around, then they should."
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