Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony to divorce

image captionLopez and Anthony had just announced plans for a television show with the American Idol creator

Pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez and singer Marc Anthony are divorcing after seven years of marriage, the couple have announced.

"This was a very difficult decision," the pair said in a statement. "We have come to an amicable conclusion."

The couple, who have three-year-old twin children, said "we appreciate the respect of our privacy".

Lopez, 41, and Anthony, 42, toured together and starred together in the 2006 film El Cantante.

The film was a biopic of Puerto Rican singer Hector Lavoe.

The divorce will be Lopez's third and Anthony's second.

In January Lopez became a judge on American Idol. She and Anthony in April announced plans for a television show called Q'Viva! The Chosen with American Idol creator Simon Fuller.

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