10.28.2008

Guy Ritchie cancels Madonna's order to fill swimming pool with Kabbalah water

Guy Ritchie and Madonna together in happier days Photo: Reuters

Mr Ritchie, the film director, has stopped the order for the 'special water' for the pool at their Wiltshire estate.

The couple announced they are to divorce after seven years of marriage this month. Mr Ritchie will be keeping the country house, it has been reported.

The 40 year old has insisted that the pool should be filled with normal chlorinated water, not Kabbalah water as requested by the singer.

Madonna is a devoted follower of Kabbalah, the mystical belief system based on Jewish teachings, and has donated millions to the Kabbalah Centre led by Rabbi Philip Berg.

Kabbalah water which is blessed "has the power to to return water to its primordial state of completely positive, healing energy", according to the organisation's website.

It has been suggested that cancelling the order could cost Mr Ritchie £10,000.

"There would also have been water fountains dotted around, again filled with Kabbalah water. It would have cost a small fortune, but obviously money for Madonna isn't really an issue," a source told the Daily Mirror.

"Since splitting, though, they've agreed to let Guy keep the country home – meaning he can do what he wants with it.

"One of the first things he's insisted on is scrapping the ridiculous pool plans. He partly blames Kabbalah for the deterioration of their marriage, so the last thing he wants is an Olympic pool-sized reminder of the religion."

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