When Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony renewed their marriage vows last year on their 6th anniversary, they were the envy of many people. They seemed to be such a loving and inseparable couple.
But on Friday, they dropped the bombshell that they are splitting after seven years of marriage.
The high-profile Hollywood couple just released a statement, claiming, “We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.”
This will be Jennifer’s third divorce — she was first married in 1997 to Ojani Noa, and again in 2001 to her backup dancer Cris Judd. She had a famous romance with Sean “Diddy” Combs. This will be Marc’s second divorce.
The couple, both of Puerto Rican heritage, got married in 2004 in their Beverly Hills home. At that time, Marc had ended his marriage to former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, while JLo had recently endured a high-profile breakup with Ben Affleck.
They have three-year-old twins together, Max and Emme. They were Lopez’s first children; Anthony had a child from Torres and another from a previous relationship.
Jennifer and Marc pair did a joint tour together and starred in the movie “El Cantante” in 2006. Back in May this year, they gave a steamy performance together on the season finale of “American Idol.”
In April, the pair, both 42, announced plans for a television show together, "Q'Viva! The Chosen," with Simon Fuller, the creator of "Idol." The show was to feature the superstar couple as they traveled the world to find the best performers in Latin music, dance and other arts with the goal of creating a live extravaganza. The show has no airdate, and it's now unclear if it will continue.
Jennifer’s career has lulled in recent years but has surged since she became an "Idol" judge.