06/30/2008 at 12:00 PM EDT
Guy Ritchie arrived in New York from London Monday evening amid reports of trouble in his marriage to Madonna
, who is in the Big Apple rehearsing for an upcoming tour.
Around 6:30 p.m. the director, who was accompanied by two bodyguards, entered the Upper West Side building where he and Madonna own an apartment.
Rumors that their seven-year marriage is in trouble have been circulating for some time. Adding fuel to the talk, Ritchie, 39, and Madonna, 49, spent the weekend apart
– she with their three children in New York, and him in London. Neither of them wore wedding bands.
Madonna's spokesperson, Liz Rosenberg, said, "Madonna has rarely worn a wedding band over these last six years, so there's no secret message about that."
Last week, the Daily Mirror
reported Madonna met with divorce attorney
Fiona Shackleton, who represented Paul McCartney and Prince Charles in their respective divorces.
Reporting by PAUL CHI