LONDON (AP) _ Madonna and film director Guy Ritchie plan to tie the knot as early as next year, the pop singer told a British tabloid.

``Guy has asked me to marry him and I've said yes, but we haven't decided when yet,'' the 42-year-old singer said in an interview published Wednesday in The Sun. ``We are very much in love and it seemed like the natural thing.''

Wedding plans have not been made, Madonna said, because they are too busy. Madonna's new album ``Music'' was released in September, and Ritchie's film ``Snatch'' premiered in August.

``It could be next year,'' Madonna said when asked for a time frame.

Madonna divorced actor Shawn Penn in 1989. A relationship with Carlos Leon produced a daughter, Lourdes, now 3. She had a second child with Ritchie, 32, in August, a boy named Rocco.