Paltrow helping Madonna through messy divorce

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">In this Monday March 30, 2009 file photo U.S. singer Madonna with her adopted son David Banda at the Mphandula Day Care Centre for orphans near Lilongwe, Malawi. Madonna&#39;s request to adopt a second child from Malawi has been rejected because of a requirement that prospective parents live in the southern African country for 18 to 24 months, a judge and a lawyer said Friday April 3, 2009. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi&#41;</span></div>
October 20, 2008 5:49:43 PM PDT
Gwyneth Paltrow is helping her friend Madonna through breakup of her marriage. The actress told reporters that she's supporting the pop star following Wednesday's announcement that she's separated from filmmaker-husband Guy Ritchie.

"She's a very good friend. I'm supporting her in all the ways that I can. I'm just there for her. I speak to her a lot," Paltrow said as she attended the premiere of her film "Two Lovers" at London's Film Festival.

Like Madonna, Paltrow - who's married to Coldplay singer Chris Martin - lives partly in London.

Madonna and Ritchie, who were married at a Scottish castle in December 2000, have two children: Rocco, 8, and David Banda, 3, who was adopted in Malawi in 2006. Madonna also has a 12-year-old daughter, Lourdes, from a previous relationship.

Madonna's publicist said Sunday that details of a divorce settlement are yet to be finalized, dismissing reports that the couple had agreed to a custody arrangement for the couple's children.

The couple own homes in London, Los Angeles and New York, and a 1,200-acre retreat in Wiltshire, England.