July 08, 2008 12:00 PM

DO NUT PUBLISH It’s only natural for Cynthia Rodriguez, planning to divorce baseball star Alex Rodriguez because of his alleged close friendship with Madonna, to feel hurt and betrayed, says a friend who has been there.

Joumana Kidd, a friend of Cynthia’s, went through a high profile divorce from her husband, basketball star Jason Kidd, in 2007.

“Divorce is like death, and with children involved it s even worse, says Kidd.

She is a person that has feelings, even though she is putting on a brave face. A Cynthia and Alex divorce is not different than a couple who live in a small town who go through a divorce. It’s the same pain, regardless of what tax bracket you are in.”

Rodriguez, 00, has filed for divorce against her husband Alex, 00, a third baseman for the New York Yankees, saying he emotionally abandoned her and their children. She also accused him of extramarital affairs and other marital misconduct, according to court papers.

Rodriguez is currently in Miami to with her children. After news of Madonna’s friendship with her husband broke, she stayed with family friend Lenny Kravitz at his Paris home.

Kidd’s advice for her friend?

“Stay strong.”

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