With three failed marriages between them, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony finally seemed to find true love together when they married seven years ago. They had twin children, went on tour together, did a movie together and even planned a music-based reality show they were working on together.
But on Friday, the pair announced they were no longer together.
“We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision,” the couple said in a statement by Lopez’s publicist. “We have come to amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.”
It was a surprising split for one of Hollywood’s most high-profile couples. They seemed inseparable: Lopez even danced in the background for her crooner husband when he performed on “American Idol,” where she debuted as a judge this past season.
The pair, both of Puerto Rican heritage, married in 2004 after years of knowing each other. He was ending a marriage to former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, while she had recently endured a high-profile breakup with Ben Affleck.
Lopez had been married twice before in brief unions to Ojani Noa and Chris Judd, and had a famous romance with Diddy Combs.
Her union with Anthony was her most enduring public relationship.