3 FEBRUARY 2003
Madonna has dramatically quashed rumours that she is leaving Britain, by pledging her undying love for old Blighty. "I adore England and when I'm not there I miss it terribly," she said. "My home in Marble Arch is my favourite house."
Rumours that the singer had tired of England's grey skies swamped the British press recently when she flew back to Los Angeles. Some papers claimed she had withdrawn her children from English schools, sparking fears that her love affair with London was on the rocks.
The iconic star has rejected the reports, however, insisting that her affection for all things British (including husband Guy Ritchie) is as strong as ever. "I put a lot of love and time into making a life for my family there," she said. "I prefer the schools in England and I love the English countryside."
Her spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg also made a statement, promising that Madonna will return – she just needs a few months of California sun. "She'll be back in London in the spring," said Liz. "Madonna has homes in the States, she has homes in England, and she moves between the two."
British fans may be feeling a little envious of the 44-year-old's continuing friendship with their neighbours across the pond, but Madonna is eager to assuage their insecurities: "How many times do I have to say it, I love living in England!"