Today’s news that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are divorcing shocked the world. The Latino power couple—who starred together in the 2006 film, El Cantante—share just about everything: adorable twins Max & Emmy, homes, a multi-million dollar lifestyle collection at Kohl’s, and a new reality singing competition called Que Viva, The Chosen—heck when Jennifer became an American Idol judge last season, it seemed like Marc joined too (that’s how much of a permanent fixture he was on the show).
Still, despite the fact that they’ve built a life together—and despite their many beautiful moments together over the last seven years—Jennifer and Marc had hard times just like any other couple. Did they have challenges no couple could overcome?
1). Public Scrutiny: Two weeks ago, it was widely reported that Jennifer and Marc had been invited to sit at the same table as Prince William and Kate Middleton at the BAFTA Brits to Watch Gala in Los Angeles. However, last weekend, Marc did not attend the event. Instead, Jennifer flew her mom, Lupe out to L.A. to attend the event with her.
2). Long-Distance Relationships are Tough: Since Idol wrapped in May, Jennifer and Marc haven't seen a whole lot of each other. In fact, while Marc was in Puerto Rico last month listening to President Barack Obama deliver his first speech on the island in fifty years, Jennifer was on a whirlwind promotional tour in Europe.
3).Bitter-Ex: Was Ojani Noa a contributing factor in their breakup? Last month, J.Lo’s ex-husband, whom she married in 1997 and divorced less than a year later, exploited a legal loophole and sold intimate home videos to his partner/producer (and rumored girlfriend) Claudia Vazquez. Ojani’s been hassling J.Lo for months non-stop.
4). Parenting: Statistically, parents of twins have a higher divorce rate. Just because they are stars doesn't mean raising kids isn't hard on a couple.
5). Married to soon? Jennifer and Marc got married on June 5, 2004 in a hush-hush ceremony just four short days after his divorce from Dayanara Torres was final.