Jennifer Lopez To Divorce Third Husband

Jennifer Lopez and her husband of seven years Marc Anthony have announced they are set to divorce.

The couple, who have three-year-old twins called Max and Emme, issued a joint statement saying they were no longer together.

Lopez and Anthony, who already have three failed marriages between them, announced: "We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision.

"We have come to amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time."

It was a surprising split for one of Hollywood's most high-profile couples.

They seemed inseparable. Lopez even danced in the background for her crooner husband when he performed on American Idol, where she recently debuted as a judge.

The pair, both of whom have Puerto Rican heritage, married in 2004 after knowing each other for years.

Anthony was ending a marriage to former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, while The Wedding Planner movie star had recently gone through a high-profile breakup with actor Ben Affleck.

She was married twice before to Ojani Noa and Chris Judd, and had a famous romance with rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs .

Lopez and Anthony did a joint tour together and starred in the movie El Cantante in 2006.

In April, the pair, both 42, announced plans for a television show together, Q'Viva! The Chosen, with Simon Fuller , the creator of Idol.

The show was to feature the couple as they travelled the world to find the best performers in Latin music, dance and other arts with the goal of creating a live extravaganza.

Lopez released her latest album, titled Love? this year. Her career, which had lulled in recent years, has surged since she became an Idol judge.