London, Oct 16 : Dejected Guy Ritchie had told his pals that his and Madonna's marriage had to end - because the relationship had turned into a "three-ring circus".
The revelation follows the official announcement of their divorce.
"I just wanted a regular husband and wife thing. But it was always a great song and dance just to do ordinary stuff," the Mirror quoted a pal, as saying.
Madonna, however, wanted to postpone the announcement of the divorce until the end of her world tour.
But Guy told her they had to end the "charade" right now.
"It's very sad but they've simply fallen out of love. Anything they had between them died a long time ago, but they've just been going through the motions, keeping up appearances," a source said.
"Madonna especially didn't want any publicity to divert attention from the start of her Sticky and Sweet tour. But the months have really dragged on and Guy has found the agony of pretending too much to bear.
"In the end he was the one who turned around to Madonna and said, 'Enough is enough - we have to end this charade'," the source added.