This week saw yet another “fairy tale” celebrity marriage bite the dust, when Latino singer Marc Anthony filed for divorce from Latina singer and actress Jennifer Lopez.
The move gives the official seal to the announcement the couple made in July 2011 that they were splitting up after a seven-year marriage.
The 43-year-old Mr Antony filed the divorce petition using his real name of Marco Muniz in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, in the document he states that “irreconcilable differences” are the reason for the divorce. He is also filing for joint legal and physical custody of their four-year-old twins Max and Emme.
The split, although apparently irreconcilable, has been friendly so far, which is one positive aspect of the break-up. All too often celebrity marriages end in divorce, and the more bitter struggles are a bonanza for Hollywood divorce lawyers.
In this case, the problem may have been that the couple married in haste – with the nuptials taking place in June 2004, mere months after the end of Ms Lopez’s engagement to actor Ben Affleck and just days after Mr Anthony’s divorce from former Miss Puerto Rico Dayanara Torres