Guy Ritchie Still Loves Madonna

Guy Ritchie and Madonna

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updated 10/07/2009 AT 1:00 PM ET

originally published 10/07/2009 AT 2:00 PM ET

Less than a year after he officially split with his wife of eight years, Madonna, Guy Ritchie can’t seem to quite escape her orbit.

“And, of course, here you go: I still love her,” the director of the upcoming Sherlock Holmes tells Esquire. “But she’s retarded, too,” he adds.

Still, admiration is apparently the foremost of the emotions he feels for his ex-wife, and he would confidently bet on her in a match up against any number of twentysomething pretenders to her throne as queen of pop.

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