Superstar couple first met in the late 1990s.
By Gil Kaufman
Mark Anthony and Jennifer Lopez
Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Fans were shocked when the news broke on Friday night that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony announced they were ending their seven-year marriage.
The split came after the two worked closely together on this season of "American Idol" — on which they even performed a song together — and embarked on a South American adventure this summer for their upcoming reality talent competition, "¡Q'Viva! The Chosen."
The Latin stars first crossed paths in the 1990s and their relationship had a number of ups and downs, but the pair seemed steady, particularly in the last year, working on projects together and raising their twins, Max and Emme, born in 2008. Here, we look back on their union.
» Lopez and Anthony first met backstage at singer Paul Simon's 1998 Broadway show "The Capeman, in which Anthony starred. Lopez, then just a friend, co-starred in Anthony's video for the song "Contra La Corriente" and he returned the favor by recording the duet "No Me Ames" on her breakthrough 1999 album, On the 6. Both emerging stars, the pair dated briefly during that period in the late 1990s.
» Before meeting Anthony, Lopez was married to waiter Ojani Noa for a year (1997 to 1998), after which she moved on to a high-profile, nearly three-year relationship with Sean "Diddy" Combs. Lopez went on to marry former backup singer Chris Judd in 2001, a union that lasted less than a year due to her subsequent relationship with actor Ben Affleck. The latter pair's very public relationship proved a model of overexposure and a wedding was called off just hours before it was scheduled to take place. Lopez was seen hanging with Anthony just months after the Affleck wedding was called off in September 2003.
» In the meantime, Anthony married former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres in May 2000 and the couple had two sons before separating in early 2002. They got back together later that year, only to divorce two years later.
» Lopez and Anthony married on June 5, 2004, less than a week after his divorce to Torres was finalized. Though the secret ceremony was small, they went public as a couple with a performance of "Escapemonos" at the 47th annual Grammy Awards in February 2005.
» Their personal and professional lives became very entwined once they took the plunge, including a duet for the soundtrack to Lopez's 2004 movie "Shall We Dance?" that was reportedly later axed from the album over fears that their relationship would overshadow the film in the way her liaison with Affleck sunk their notorious bomb, "Gigli."
» Lopez cast Anthony's daughter, Arianna, in the video for "Get Right," the first single from her 2005 album Rebirth/ The couple co-starred in 2007's "El Cantante," the story of troubled salsa legend Hector Lavoe. They also toured together that year.
» Their children, twins Emme Maribel Muniz and Maximillian David Muniz, were born on February 22, 2008.
» The pair made a splash at a number of official balls during President Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2009.
» After Lopez began her tenure as a judge on "American Idol," Anthony joined the show as well in the role of unofficial mentor to the young singers. The duo also performed together on the show.
» In May of this year, they announced their joint fashion line for Kohl's, which is slated to hit stores in September. A month later, they revealed their new reality talent competition, "¡Q'Viva! The Chosen," which will take them on a journey to Latin America to find new stars. According to Deadline Hollywood, the breakup will not affect the show, which has not yet completed its journey to 21 countries across Latin America. In fact, they haven't event filmed their parts yet and an unnamed spokesperson for the production said they are both still committed to the show.
» According to US magazine, tongues began wagging about a possible breakup on July 9, when Lopez showed up without Anthony at the BAFTA Brits to Watch party in Los Angeles, and the singer not wearing her wedding ring.
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