Madonna has fuelled rumours that her marriage to British director Guy Ritchie by stepping out without her wedding ring. The music icon was seen partying at two of London’s most high-profile restaurants celebrating the adoption of Malawian toddler David Banda, but not around was her hubby of seven-years.

“She was out at Claridge’s on June 4 night on her own, then on next night at Nobu with Gwyneth Paltrow, but no Guy. She was lifting her hand up to the photographers to make it clear she didn’t have a wedding ring on,” Now magazine quoted a source, as saying. The source also insists that the couple’s marriage has come to an amicable end, and they are close to announcing their split.

“Madonna and Guy have actually been living pretty much separate lives since early this year, but they remain committed to having an amicable break-up for the sake of their children,” said the source. “She’s been through a lot of anxiety with the adoption and didn’t want to risk losing David.”

Publicist Liz Rosenberg however insists that ‘Mr and Mrs Ritchie remain happily married’. — Agencies