Posted on Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:15 PM PDT
The announcement of Jennifer Lopez, 41, and Marc Anthony's split on Friday came as a shock to much of Hollywood (though X17's sources had been giving us the inside scoop for months.)
The couple even gave an interview about their marriage to Latina magazine just a few weeks ago ... though the interviews were conducted separately ... which seems so telling now.
In the interview, Jennifer seems adamant that readers know she's a good mother and wife, saying:
- "I do cook, I do lay out Marcâ€™s clothes, I do pack him when heâ€™s about to go away. I do care, I do do things that are going to make their lives better, easier. I do hold them [Max and Emme] when theyâ€™re cryingâ€”all those things that you do as a mother and a wife are so much more rewarding than anything else in life."
Apparently, Jen do. The singer continued:
- " ... my biggest joys in life are being able to be a good mom, the moments when I can say, â€˜Ah, I was a good mom right there! I did something right for my kids. Or, 'you know what, Iâ€™m a good wife.â€™"
As for what makes a good relationship, Jen said, " ... itâ€™s just about caring. To say how to care for somebody is a long list, but thatâ€™s really what it takes."
So, either caring turned out not to be enough ... or Jen didn't care about Marc, 42, anymore. In his interview, Marc reminisced about happier times, like the first duet he sang with his wife. "We had just met and it was such a hopeful time," he said. "There were a lot of things that we hadn't seen yet in life â€” not being together ... it was just a magical time."
At a concert Sunday, that magic was seemingly gone. Anthony told the crowd at a performance in Colombia, "They say I am a single man."
The same day Jen was spotted at an LA studio to do a photo shoot for her Kohl's clothing line's fall ad campaign.
The first public sign of their breakup is now thought to be the BAFTA Brits to Watch 2011 gala on July 9, to which Jen (above) showed up without Marc ... and without her wedding ring.
Read X17's exclusive details on the split after the jump.
X17's source says the split has been in the works for a while, telling us exclusively:
- "Jennifer has been really concerned about how the kids were going to react. They love their dad, but she wanted to make sure they grow up in a positive and healthy family environment. All of us have noticed Jen and Marc's relationship going downhill fast. ... She has been planning this for months but wanted to make sure her assets were protected before she files."
Jen and Marc married in 2004. They have two children -- twins Max and Emme, age 3.
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