London, Oct 17 : Madonna's marriage was doomed when Guy Ritchie "abandoned her emotionally" after she fell off a horse in 2005 and ended up with multiple fractures, pals have revealed.
Ritchie's lack of "support and cruelty" while she was recuperating from the life threatening accident, made the love starved Queen of Pop to question his love.
"From the moment Madonna fell from that horse, their marriage was doomed," The Sun quoted a close family friend as saying.
The pal added: "If you can pinpoint an exact event or incident which spelled the death knell for them as a couple, Madonna's horse-riding accident was it. Every other row the couple had following that boiled down to what happened that summer."
The accident acted as a trigger to constant fights, said the pal, and things worsened so much that Madge once snapped at Guy, saying: "Did you ever actually love me?"
The family friend said: "Madonna was in a huge amount of pain and expected Guy to drop everything to be at her bedside.
"In her mind that is what every husband should do to support his wife when she has been through a traumatic, possibly life-threatening, experience. But Guy approached the whole thing in what she now calls, 'A very British way'.
"Instead of smothering her with sympathy he said, 'Come on darling, you're a tough bird. You'll be back on the horse in no time'.
"Guy's approach was that a few broken bones is no big deal - and that there was no point in making a drama out of a crisis.
"But in Madonna's mind, she could have been killed, and she wanted the full works and to be lavished with love and attention.
"She was so furious at what she saw as Guy's lack of support and cruelty that she told him she was wrong to marry him as he couldn't possibly be her soulmate."
And the last straw came when Madonna's rep recently confirmed the news of the couple's split.