Singer Madonna and her film director husband Guy Ritchie have been granted a "quickie" divorce, ending their eight-year marriage.

Neither of the stars were in court today for the hearing which was listed under the names Ciccone ML v Ritchie GS.

The couple announced last month that they had decided to separate.

Barbara Charone, Madonna's London-based publicist, said yesterday: "We're not going to comment on anything at the moment."