12/26/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

UPDATED: Madonna And A-Rod's Thanksgiving Plans - Together Or Apart?


But a source close to the Yankee slugger - who split from his wife this summer after Us Weekly reported he'd been making late-night visits to Madonna's NYC apartment - tells Usmagazine.com: "It's not true. I spoke to her this morning.

"He's going to be with Cynthia and her entire family for Thanksgiving, and this has been planned for months," the insider adds. "It's quite a big celebration."

"They have a large family get together every year," the source tells Us. "It was always his intention to go to the family get together with her family, and it includes a whole array of relatives."

PREVIOUSLY: The NY Post picked up an "Access Hollywood" report of Madonna and Alex Rodriguez's Thanksgiving plans together. The story comes from A-Rod's ex Cynthia Rodriguez.

The Yankee slugger, who ditched his wife of six years, Cynthia, after becoming besotted with Madonna, is a "soul-less" man who is "abandoning" his kids on Thanksgiving for his lover, according to what Cynthia is telling friends.

"Access Hollywood" reports that Cynthia, who's in the final stages of her divorce from A-Rod, wrote an e-mail to a confidant noting: "My 6-foot-3, 220-pound soul-less, soon-to-be ex-husband is abandoning his kids on Thanksgiving to be with Madonna . . . She called and he ran on her command back to New York City . . . Gross!"

Instead of ushering in the holidays in Miami with his children, Natasha, 4, and Ella, 1 - A-Rod, 33, is hosting a dinner at his Manhattan apartment for Madonna, 50, and her kids, Lourdes, Rocco and David, and manager Guy Oseary.

The friend of Cynthia said A-Rod's furious ex described Madonna in "not so nice terms" in the e-mail.

To add insult to injury, after Rodriguez left Miami at Madonna's beck and call, his lawyer called Cynthia and wanted her to sign the couple's divorce settlement.

Also in the NY Post, Liz Smith defends her friend Madonna while slamming Guy:

Guy Ritchie gets about $70 million. He is not walking away "without a penny." Please! He was no poor boy picked up from nowhere; so now he has to be compensated to support the life to which he has become accustomed. Guy Ritchie had a name and considerable cash when he and Madonna married. He's earning about $4 million right now for directing "Sherlock Holmes." But once you taste the really high life, you hold on if you can.

If not to the woman, at least to her money.