Despite reports to the contrary, in the weeks leading up to Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez’s shocking split, the couple were very much together and Latina magazine editors interacted with them several times. Not to mention, they had several high profile appearances, as husband and wife. Here, we recount the last six weeks of their relationship.
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When we caught up with Marc and Jennifer at the launch of their new Fall line for Kohl’s on May 2nd, the couple seemed as happy and in love as ever. “It was a very relaxed, happy environment; at one point, they were posing together and had their arms around each other,” notes Editorial Director Galina Espinoza. “It felt like a happy, family day, especially since Jennifer’s mom was there.”
During their May 25th performance of the classic Hector Lavoe song “Aguanile” on American Idol, J.Lo and Marc burned up the stage with their sizzling chemistry! It’s hard to say that there is anything bad going on behind the scenes when they obviously work so well together. And that kiss!
On June 7th, Deputy Editor Angie Romero met up with Marc in his New York City offices, and to her, it was business as usual. “Marc was his usual funny self and even shared this anecdote with me about giving President Obama marital advice. “I tried to convince the President to do a girls’ night. It’s probably the most we’ve ever laughed. We were talking one night and he’s like, ‘What are you guys doing later?’ and I’m like, ‘Ah, you know, we’re doing girls’ night.’ and He’s like, ‘Did you just say girls’ night?’ and I go, ‘Yeah, we have girls’ night all the time! We put on a marathon of whatever; it’s good bonding time. You should try it Mr. President!’”
Marc met with President Obama in Puerto Rico during the Commander in Chief’s historic visit to the island on June 14th. Marc was clearly elated to be a part of the event and Jennifer sent her honey a tweet from Paris: “Wish I could be there with you my love. @marcanthony.”
On June 15, Deputy Editor Angie Romero talked to Jennifer via phone while the singer was in France promoting her latest album, Love?, and once again, didn’t pick up on any discord. “Jennifer sounded like a very committed married mother of two,” says Romero.
Just a week later, on June 21, Marc paid a visit to Jay Leno on The Tonight Show and talked about missing Jennifer and the kids while they were away in Europe and the special surprise Skype call that awaited him on Father’s Day.
Through June 23rd, Latina was still talking to the couple about an upcoming cover as husband and wife. Then scheduled appearances seem to keep the couple apart.
On July 1st, Marc brought a Latino invasion to The Today Show's summer concert series, performing his new single “Rain Over Me” with Pitbull.
The very next day, Jennifer Lopez made a one-day special appearance on HSN to give her fans a special advance opportunity to purchase her new fragrance Love & Light accompanied by her mother Guadalupe. Jennifer talked a lot about her family, the twins even called in, but she never mentions Marc.
Although it was widely reported that Jennifer and Marc would be meeting the British royals at the BAFTA Awards on July 9th, Jennifer attended the gala with her mother, Guadalupe, instead and seemed to not be wearing her wedding ring.
A couple of weeks later Marc and Jennifer made the surprising announcement that they were divorcing. "We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters,” the July 15th statement read. “To say that we were caught completely off guard is an understatement,” Latina's Editorial Director, Galina Espinoza told Access Hollywood. “Clearly something irrevocable happened.”