The Latin lovers have lost their heat: After seven years of marriage, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are calling it quits.
The pop stars released a joint statement Friday afternoon, reports People: “We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision. We have come to amicable conclusions on all matters.”
Translation: No juicy details, and they’re not throwing each other under the bus — for now.
Lopez, 41, and Anthony, 42, dated briefly in 1999 — between her first two marriages — and reconciled several years later, marrying in June 2004, just days after his divorce from a former Miss Universe became final. “It’s rare to find what we have in our relationship,” Lopez said in a 2007 Washington Post interview. “We expect a lot of each other, and we push each other to do more than we think we can do, but there’s no competition.”
The couple had twins Max and Emme in 2008, and all seemed blissful just this spring, when Lopez performed a steamy onstage dance around Anthony as he performed on “American Idol.” (She’s a judge on the reality show.)
There may have been a clue that something was off last week, when Lopez took her mother to meet Prince William and Catherine Middleton in Los Angeles.
Of course, there’s the standard Hollywood disclaimer: “It is a painful time for all involved,” the statement said. “And we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.”
Read earlier: Our colleague J. Freedom du Lac spent time with .J. Lo and Marc Anthony during their joint 2007 concert tour and captured the teasing vibe of competition between them. Lopez, he wrote, was so exquisitely groomed she “almost looks like an animatronic wax statue version of herself,” while the antsy Anthony “looks like a scruffier Steve Buscemi, so twitchy and flyweight-slight.” Anthony had a “Jennifer” tattoo on his wrist.
The Anthony-Lopez Show, 9/30/07
In 2006, our colleagues William Booth and Hank Stuever rubbed elbows with them at the Vanity Fair Oscar party and watched, rapt, as she begged him to dance: “J-Lo is rolling hips that could launch a thousand ships and making marital pouty sexy faces. She wants to dance. For the love of God, man, dance with her. But no. The Latin music sensation denies her.”