The 54-year-old star had an extremely turbulent relationship with the “Like A Virgin” hitmaker when they were married from 1985 to 1989, frequently lashing out at paparazzi and even being arrested for assaulting his then-wife, but insists their issue that were public were just ”trivial.”

He said: ”You look back and you say, ‘What fire did I walk through that I sought out?’ This is a fantastic woman, who I have great affection for – Madonna. She had not even toured when we got together. So there was no seeing all that coming. She was a fire, you know? In herself. Apart from all that stuff that came with it. But in a marriage? At that time in my life? And, you know, you walk through the fires you have to walk through. And I guess she probably would have described me similarly. The fires that were public were all trivial.”

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