Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Split After 7 Years

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, a superstar couple who turned their personal union into a veritable professional brand, announced on Friday that they are ending their 7-year marriage.

Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony announced Friday they are breaking up. The two married in 2004 and have 3-year-old twins. Photo: Stylistvn8/Flickr

With three failed marriages between them, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony finally seemed to find true love together when they married 7 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 is a painful time for all involved,” the statement continues, “and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.” Lopez, 41, and Anthony, 42, married in 2004 and have 3-year-old twins, Max and Emme.

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.

After years of friendship, Lopez and Anthony briefly dated in the 1990s. They rekindled their romance in early 2004 shortly after Lopez’s engagement to actor Ben Affleck ended and in the midst of Anthony’s split from his first wife, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres. They quietly wed at Lopez’s Beverly Hills home in June 2004, just four days after Anthony’s divorce from Torres was finalized.

Soon after, the “soul mate” tag became firmly attached to the couple. Last summer, in a VH1 ‘Behind the Music’ episode dedicated to Lopez, Anthony called his wife his muse. “And from the second we met, she’s never stopped being my muse.”

While Lopez told Redbook last year of her spouse: “I think you can love many different people, but that’s different from what makes a great partner in life, which Marc is for me. “He inspires me to be better at everything – a better person, mom, singer, performer, friend, and wife. A marriage is long, and you’ve got to like the person as much as you love or lust after them. You’ve got to be friends first.”

Lopez had been married twice before in brief unions to Ojani Noa and Chris Judd and had a famous romance with Sean “Diddy” Combs. Her union with Anthony was her most enduring public relationship. The pair did a joint tour together and starred in the movie “El Cantante” in 2006.

They also had two children, twins Emme and Max. They were Lopez’s first children; Anthony had a child from Torres and another from a previous relationship.

In April, the pair 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.

Lopez released her latest album, titled “Love?” this year. Her career, which lulled in recent years, has surged since she became an “Idol” judge. She told USA Today in March, “This is not a negative album in any way. It’s really a great dance-pop-urban album that talks about all of the different facets of love in all its glory and all its pain.”

Last year, Lopez said that the record “is such a big thing for me. The whole examination of love and what that is, the state of that today, I just feel the dialogue for that needs to be open. That’s kind of a little bit of my goal with this record.”

Back then, she talked about forging a professional identity separate from her husband, after being nearly inseparable from him for the past five years. “The first two years we were kind of in wedded bliss. The third and fourth year, we just did everything together. He produced my album. We did the movie. We went on tour. We had the babies.”

“We just got to the point, after the babies were born, when we realized that he has a responsibility to his fans and I have a responsibility to my fans. We still are two individual entities and artists, and we have to go off and do our things again,” she added.[via People, CBS News and USA Today]

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