Guy Ritchie says he "enjoyed" his marriage to ex-wife Madonna, a union that he compared to a "soap opera."
The 43-year-old British director, who is promoting his new film "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," and the 53-year-old American pop star, one of the most famous women in the world, divorced in 2008 after almost eight years of marriage.
"I enjoyed my first marriage," Ritchie told Details magazine in an interview published in its December/January issue. "It's definitely not something I regret. The experience was ultimately very positive. I love the kids that came out of it, and I could see no other route to take ... I stepped into a soap opera, and I lived in it for quite a long period of my life. I'll probably be more eloquent on it 10 years from now."
Ritchie and Madonna divorced after reaching a private financial settlement. At the time, their combined wealth was estimated at about $525 million, with most of it belonging to Madonna, according to the Reuters news wire.
"When you end up with a lot of the things you set out to chase and find that you've stumbled into all sorts of hollow victories, then you become deeply philosophical," Ritchie told Details. "I'm quite happy that that experience was accelerated for me. I'm glad I made money, in other words. And I'm glad I got married."
Madonna's spokesperson had no immediate comment about Ritchie's remarks.
The two have one son together - Rocco, 11, and adopted another, David Banda, who is 6. Madonna also has a 15-year-old daughter, Lola, from a previous relationship. In 2009, she adopted another girl, Mercy James.
"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" sees Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprising their roles as Detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. John Watson and is set to hit theaters on December 16. Ritchie also directed the first "Sherlock Holmes" film, which came out in 2009, as well as movies such as "Snatch" and "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels."