Latin music icon Marc Anthony and model Shannon de Lima have reportedly sung their last duet together.
Following a reported separation in mid-November, according to People, the couple have now publicly confirmed that they are divorcing after two years of marriage.
In a joint statement given to Us Weekly, Anthony and de Lima, who have a 20-year age difference between them — he’s 48, she’s 28 — ask the media for privacy as they begin to move onto new chapters in their lives.
“After much consideration, we have mutually and amicably decided to end our two year marriage,” the statement reads.
“We ask for privacy during this difficult process, and no further comments will be made from either one of us about this personal matter.”
Although the statement doesn’t relay reasons for the end of the union, speculation surrounding the duo’s clashing personalities have been floating around for months. A source allegedly connected to the couple previously told Us that the almost-50-year-old “I Need To Know” crooner and the barely-in-her-30’s former Victoria’s Secret personality simply didn’t have much to relate on.
“It just wasn’t working and they didn’t have enough in common,” the insider shared.
Marc and Shannon first began dating in 2012, just months after Anthony parted ways with another ex-wife, entertainer Jennifer Lopez. The two married in a private ceremony on the island of the Dominican Republic on November 11, 2014. Although they were mostly quiet about their marriage, they occasionally opened up on social media, such as when Shannon took to Instagram to warmly wish Marc a “happy birthday” in mid-September.
“Happy birthday, beautiful papi,” the Venezuelan beauty expressed in Spanish, as noted by E! Online. “Thank you for sharing your life with me and for being the best husband and friend someone could wish for.”
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Despite the end of his seven-year-long marriage to Lopez, Anthony, who shares eight-year-old twins Max and Emme with Jennifer, has continued to display a great amount of affection for his ex-wife is public, going as far as to perform with her several times, including during this year’s 17th Annual Latin Grammy Awards.
Following a “surprise” live take of their duet, “Olvídame y Pega la Vuelta” (“Get Out And Leave My Life”), Lopez, 47, presented Anthony with the Person of the Year award and appeased the crowd by giving him a quick peck on the lips. Ironically, the smooch took place just a week after the mention of Marc and de Lima splitting first hit headlines.
“Marc is a living legend,” she warmly expressed to the crowd before the kiss. “He is a magical and pure artist giving away classics that will stay forever. He will always be many things in my life.”
“He will always be a lot of things to me. He’s my kindred spirit. My love.”
Rumor also has it has Anthony’s strong attachment to his former love brought on high amounts of conflict between De Lima and her soon-to-be ex-husband.
“Marc has been in love with Jennifer Lopez since the day they met many years ago,” a music source told People, “and that is a simple fact. He was devastated when they split, and he will always be a part of her life because of their similar backgrounds, their kids, and their love of music and performing. It would take a very strong spouse not to feel some jealousy.”
But, did de Lima actually have much to worry about when it came to the cuddly co-parents? Well, not necessarily, according to J. Lo herself.
In an eye-opening interview for W Magazine for its May 2016 issue, the “Jenny From The Block” singer implied that she understood she and Marc were better off apart.
“When my marriage ended, it was not easy to find forgiveness,” Lopez relayed. “I hung in there for seven years, [but] I knew very quickly that it wasn’t the right thing. Marc is the father of my children, and that’s never going away. So I have to work to make things right. And that is, by far, the hardest work I do.”
Marc and Shannon did not have any children together. This is his fourth divorce and de Lima’s first.
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