While the rest of us were barbequing and working on our tans over the long weekend, Alex Rodriguez's wife Cynthia Rodriquez was getting busy—with her divorce lawyer Earle Lilly. Seems like A-Rod's special relationship with Madonna was "the straw that broke the camel's back" and drove Cynthia to file for divorce from her husband of six years, Lilly tells Usmagazine.com.
Over the past several weeks, A-Rod has been spotted making late-night visits to Madonna's New York penthouse, and has allegedly been practicing Kaballah with the pop icon, whose own marriage to Guy Ritchie has reportedly been on the rocks. "Call it an affair, call it a relationship," Lilly says in a statement, "[she's put] up and tolerated his misconduct."
Madonna, for her part, vehemently denies any funny business between her and the New York Yankee. In a rare move for the normally-mum Material Girl, she issued an official statement through her representative: "My husband and I are not planning on getting a divorce. I know Alex Rodriguez through Guy Oseary, who manages both of us. I brought my kids to a Yankee game. I am not romantically involved in any way with Alex Rodriguez. I have nothing to do with the state of his marriage or what spiritual path he may choose to study."
The soon-to-be-former Mrs. A-Rod, however, believes otherwise. Through Lilly, Cynthia revealed that her husband hasn't seen their newborn daughter Ella "more than once over the last several weeks," and in fact left the hospital ten minutes after Ella's birth to be with Madonna. The couple also have a three-year-old daughter, Natasha.
Alex hasn't exactly been a stand-up husband throughout his marriage to Cynthia. Lilly insists the split has "been a long time" coming. The baseball player was also spotted with a blonde stripper in Toronto, Miami and Dallas in 2007. "Last year it was published he was with the other woman, and this is the final straw," Lilly declares. "She has finally said, 'no más.' This is what it has come down to."
"She doesn't believe in divorce," Lilly says of her client. "She's devastated, she's hurt, she's a little angry. He's a multi-million dollar baseball player, but that doesn't make any difference when there are two little kids at home and no husband."
Lilly will be busy at work today officially filing divorce papers and finding loopholes in the couple's pre-nuptual agreement, undoubtedly to get Cynthia a bigger chunk of A-Rod's near billion-dollar fortune. We're glad Cynthia is finally standing up to her shady hubby, but we hope things don't get too ugly for the sake of their little ones. Stay tuned for updates...
UPDATE: Cynthia Rodriguez's attorney Earle Lilly claims A-Rod was more than just friends with Madonna, but she
doesn't presume there was anything sexual between them. "The correct
analysis is a relationship," he says to People. "Some people categorize an affair
as something as sexual infidelity. We're not claming that. It's an
affair of the heart."
In fact, "Madonna's name is not even mentioned in the papers," says Lilly. "We don't want the public to think this is an aggressive action against Madonna.
Instead, the divorce filing reads: "This is an action for dissolution of marriage, which is being filed only after [Cynthia Rodriguez] has exhausted every effort to salvage the marriage of the parties. However, Alex has emotionally abandoned his wife and children and has left her with no choice but to divorce him."
Without naming any names, the document states, "The marriage of the parties is irretrievably broken because of the husband's extramarital affairs and other marital misconduct."
No word yet on who will claim custody of the couple's two daughters, 3-year-old Natasha and 2-month-old Ella, or whether Cynthia will attempt to overturn the pre-nuptual agreement she signed with A-Rod and get her hands on more of his substantial fortune.