According to the N.Y. Daily News, Alex Rodriguez has slithered back to ex-wife Cynthia Rodriguez in the wake of his steroid scandal - and Madonna is not happy.
"Madge is pissed!" reveals an insider, after A-Rod fled to Coral Gables, Fla., to be with C-Rod. "Alex ran right home to Cynthia. To Madonna, it's the ultimate dis."
According to sources, the Queen of Pop - who has been spotted with model Jesus Luz of late - is livid because A-Rod didn't come to her for solace.
The reason? "Alex's handlers want to make sure he's as far from Madonna as possible," says the insider. "He has enough negative publicity as it is."
Even after their messy divorce scandal last year, Alex Rodriguez is said to be finding comfort in the arms of ex-wife Cynthia amid the fallout from his positive steroid test.
No stranger to the spotlight, the Material Girl has gotten her fair share of attention lately by squiring Jesus Luz, a 22-year-old Brazilian, around New York.
But her camp insists that her dalliances with Luz - who's featured wet and making out with Madonna in W magazine's March issue - are just for publicity."Madonna and A-Rod have been burning up the phones," reports the insider, "and she keeps on insisting that Jesus Luz is just a PR stunt."
"Alex Rodriguez says he understands," the source added. "But now he's asking her to understand that salvaging his career is his priority."
The predicament has at least brought one upside to the slugger: Now that he's unable to focus all his attention on Madonna, she only wants him more.
"Madge is totally making a play to get him back," confides a spy.
"She feels Alex is only with [Cynthia Rodriguez] for comfort, but she wishes he had come to her. She has been the subject of negative press her whole career, and she wants to help him understand that this too shall pass."
The source says Her Madgesty is already making plans for a rendezvous.
"She's so desperate to see Alex, she's plotting a way that they can sneak out to the Hamptons to work things out. She wants to have some alone time."
Will she and A-Rod be together again soon - or is Alex's reunion with Cynthia Rodriguez more than a one-shot deal? We'll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, click to enlarge photos of A-Rod and C-Rod: