The six marriages and six divorces of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

Jennifer Lopez has been married and divorced three times, but she still believes in love. Marc Anthony, her last husband, has been divorced three times now as well. Both are currently dating other people and another marriage seems unlikely for either.
Divorce from Marc Anthony finalized in June 2014

Jen’s first two marriages and loads of dating

Jennifer Lopez with first husband Ojani Noa

Jennifer Lopez with first husband Ojani Noa

The love life of Jennifer Lopez has been under scrutiny since she first stepped on stage to perform. Her first marriage to Cuban waiter Ojani Noa lasted less than a year and did not end well. Hoping to cash in on her fame, he wanted to publish a book about their marriage, but a permanent injunction against him made that impossible.

Jennifer’s relationship to Sean Combs is well known. It did not last, which might be due to an arrest in connection with a shooting outside Times Square Club in New York. Whilst Jennifer had nothing to do with the crime and was quickly exonerated, Sean Combs was indicted by a grand jury.

Shortly after leaving Sean Combs, Jennifer started dating Cris Judd, a former backup dancer, whom she ended up marrying in 2001. Unfortunately, that marriage ended only nine months later, and the couple divorced. Neither of them spoke badly of the other and recently Cris went on record saying that the loss of his privacy during his relationship with Jennifer took a toll on him. He did say, though, that it had nothing to do with the break-up and merely said it just didn’t work out. Jennifer also recently said that she had nothing but love for her second ex-husband, who is happily remarried.

Among her most high-profile relationships is undoubtedly the one to Ben Affleck. The couple famously filmed the movie Gigli together, which was unsuccessful at the box office. They were engaged for well over a year but called off a 2003 wedding claiming too much media interference; eventually, they split up in January 2004. It’s not quite clear why they ended their relationship, but the pressure of being power-couple “Bennifer” might have had something to do with it.

Ben Affleck famously moved on to marry another Jennifer, Garner this time, and has been happy with her for about ten years before getting divorced.

Romancing Marc

Jennifer Lopez very soon began dating long-time friend Marc Anthony. They met in 1998 and Marc later confessed that it was love at first sight for him. That didn’t stop him from getting married to Dayanara Torres in 2000, with whom he ended up having two sons. But the marriage had problems and broke up in 2002 for the first time. After reconciling and renewing their vows, they separated again in 2003 and finally divorced in 2004.

It was then that Jennifer and Marc, now both free, became a couple and after a brief courtship secretly married in June 2004. Collaborating frequently, the two became quite the music power-couple. During the final night of their tour in 2007, they announced Jennifer’s pregnancy. It was later confirmed that she was pregnant with twins.

The couple continued happily and very successfully until June 2011. Nobody suspected that there might be any troubles in their marriage. The power-couple continued to power on and thus it came as a shock when they announced their split in July 2011.

Another divorce

Cris Judd Jennifer Lopez's second husband

Cris Judd Jennifer Lopez’s second husband

Jennifer Lopez recently described how she arrived at the decision to end her marriage after having suffered an unexpected panic attack when she realized that her marriage was falling apart and that it terrified her. She admitted not liking to be alone, which doesn’t surprise given her dating history. But she found that she could no longer continue her marriage and so it was decided. Interestingly it was Marc Anthony who filed for divorce early in 2012.

Whilst painful and sad, their split and divorce were amicable, but it also took almost three years for the divorce to be finalized in June 2014. In the meantime, Jennifer dated dancer Casper Smart for about 2.5 years from October 2011 to June 2014. After that split, she decided to stay alone for a while and not get straight back into the dating game.

Marc’s third marriage and divorce

Jennifer’s relationship to her ex Marc continues to be friendly and Jennifer said that she was happy for Marc in his new relationship. They are dedicated to their children, whom they are co-parenting, and have nothing bad to say about each other.

In 2014 Marc married model Shannon de Lima, which marks his third marriage. The two were clearly very much in love with each other, showcasing their love at various red-carpet events. But it wasn’t to be. In December 2016 Marc and Shannon announced that they had amicably decided to go separate ways.

There has been some speculation as to the reason behind this third divorce. Apparently, Marc likes to have a woman at home, but give his musical career and celebrity status, he tends to live more like a bachelor. That’s not something that can possibly go well for long.

It’s also been said that Marc has been in love with Jennifer Lopez since the day they met. Perhaps they’re not together romantically, but they continue to be in each other’s lives and that will never change. It would take a strong woman not to be jealous of that.

Walking down the aisle again?

In the meantime, Marc has been linked to multiple women, some significantly younger than him. His latest confirmed girlfriend is Raffaella Modugno, a stunning 29-year old beauty from Italy.

That was back in August 2017. Whether they are still a couple is not entirely clear, but there were no rumours of a breakup since then.

Jennifer Lopez has been dating Alex Rodriguez for some time now. About their relationship, she says that they understand each other better than anyone else ever has or could. Their relationship is a mature one, based on communication and the many things they have in common, especially their early success, superstardom, ups and downs and personal development in their 40s.

But will they get married? Jennifer says she believes in marriage and growing old with someone. But she’s not there yet and doesn’t want to push for it. If it is ever to happen, it’ll happen when the time is right.

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Jennifer Lopez & Casper Smart arrive at an event

Jennifer Lopez & Casper Smart arrive at an event

Casper Smart & Jennifer Lopez day out

Casper Smart & Jennifer Lopez day out

Jennifer Lopez with her third husband Marc Anthony

Jennifer Lopez with her third husband Marc Anthony

Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck arrive at an event

Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck arrive at an event

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