Did Madonna's relationship - be it an "affair of the heart" or other body parts - with Yankees star Alex Rodriguez lead to her split with Guy Ritchie?
A source close to the situation says the split was "a long time coming."
While no third party has been blamed for the breakup of the marriage, "There are many issues, and not the least is her strange relationship with Alex Rodriguez," says the source. "It is spiritual, emotional and romantic."
Alex Rodriguez's rep had no comment.
Alex Rodriguez thinks of Madonna everywhere he goes.
Madonna met the baseball star via mutual friend Ingrid Casares, and the singer introduced him to Kabbalah. The pair also share manager Guy Oseary.
This relationship did not sit well with A-Rod's wife, Cynthia Rodriguez, who filed for divorce on July 7, citing his "extramarital affairs and misconduct."
Though the Madonna and Alex Rodriguez connection was not named in the court documents, Cynthia's attorney said A-Rod had an "affair of the heart."