She's smoothly lining up the baseball hunk for life with the A-list

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Madonna’s appearance at a Gucci charity dinner last Thursday drew gasps. She’s looking younger and foxier than she has in years.

And it’s no surprise that the 50-year-old is making such an effort – her divorce went through the courts last Friday and she’s bagged a new toyboy.

Madonna’s lining up baseball star Alex Rodriguez, 33, to be her new man, but she’s had to tread carefully because she didn’t want to give Guy Ritchie’s lawyers any ammunition in their custody battle for their children.

‘She’s told A-Rod he’ll have to be patient – this could take months, even a year,’ says our source.

‘Amazingly, A-Rod’s said he’ll wait as long as it takes. He’s deeply in love with her and even writes her poetry.’

In late October Madonna held a dinner party in her New York apartment where she introduced Alex, whose divorce from his wife Cynthia had been finalised the month before, to some of her Kabbalah chums.

She told them A-Rod had ‘the heart of a poet trapped inside an insanely gorgeous body’.

And a New York Yankees insider has shown Now a note thought to have been written by A-Rod for Madge. It reads: ‘I’m nuts about you stroking me, shooting chills up and down my spine. I’m lost when you’re not with me, but glad you’re mine, all mine!’

See the full story about Madonna and A-Rod in Now magazine dated 1 December 2008 – out now!