Marc Anthony files for divorce from Jennifer Lopez, 9 months after split
Marc Anthony has filed for divorce from Jennifer Lopez almost nine months after the two announced their decision to end their 7-year marriage.
Anthony, whose real name is Marco Muniz, had the papers submitted to a Los Angeles court on Monday, April 9, OnTheRedCarpet.com has learned. The 43-year-old cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split and is asking for joint legal and physical custody of his and Lopez's 4-year-old son and daughter, Max and Emme.
The two singers and actors married on June 5, 2004 and announced their breakup in July 2011, without specifying a reason.
Lopez, who is named as Jennifer Muniz in the divorce papers, has not commented about Anthony's filing. He says in the papers that he is unwilling to grant her spousal support. She reportedly earns about $12 million a year to co-judge "American Idol," which she joined last year. She and Anthony also have their own reality show, "Q'Viva: The Chosen," which debuted in January.
"Marc and I were friends before we got married," Lopez said on the "Today" show that month. "We were friends for years. And we always loved each other, and we always worked together. So it wasn't like an unnatural thing to keep working together."
Lopez has been married twice before but has no other children other than her and Anthony's twins. She and Ojani Noa were married between 1997 and 1998. Lopez wed actor and dance choreographer Cris Judd in 2001. They divorced in 2003.
Lopez is Anthony's second wife. He was married to actress Dayanara Torres, between 2000 and 2004. They have two sons - Cristian, who was born in 2001, and Ryan, born in 2003. Anthony also has a daughter named Ariana, who was born in 1994, with ex-girlfriend Debbie Rosado.Lopez is currently dating Casper Smart, a 25-year-old back up dancer who performed with her at the American Music Awards. He also stars in her steamy video for her latest single "Dance Again." and has sometimes attended celebrity events with her. Anthony is linked to model Shannon de Lima. The two attended the 2012 ACM Awards earlier this month (pictured above).