After hearing that Madonna's plans to adopt Mercy James, 3, from Malawi didn't work out, Guy Ritchie released a statement expressing his "sadness" over the situation.
"Madonna is a fantastic and loving mother who cares deeply about her own children, and children who may need additional help and support," he said in the statement.
"I fully supported Madonna in her decision to apply for this adoption, and I am saddened that her application has been rejected. She is motivated only by being a caring parent who seeks to share some of the advantages and opportunities that her life has given her," he said of his ex-wife, who has appealed Friday's ruling.
He added, "This time it did not work out, but there will be other opportunities and I wish her well in them. She is a great mum."
Madge and Guy split last year after eight years of marriage. The couple has two children -- Rocco and David. The Material mom also has an older daughter, Lourdes, from her previous relationship with Carlos Leon.