Jennifer Lopez did not bring Marc Anthony to meet Prince William and Catherine the other night. Instead, it was her mother. And now... just in...
JLo and Marc Anthony are OVER.

"We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved, and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time."

They just celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary. Admit it. You did not think they would make it 7 years. I remember I did a poll when that happened. It happened like 5 minutes after she left Ben Affleck. And most people picked 6 months as the maximum amount of time it would be before she left Marc.

7 years and two children later...

And it’s her 3rd divorce.

As for what precipitated the break – from what I understand, it’s not infidelity. But there may be something there with how controlling he seemed to be, paranoid, and possessive. It was evident on carpets, we saw it ourselves a few years ago at the Oscars. I remember Ben Mulroney interviewing her and Marc standing behind, glaring, on high alert, and I wrote at the time that it felt a little... too intense. She’s over it now. She’s over the accusations, she’s over the jealousy, she’s over giving into it.

This announcement came pretty much right at the end of the work day on Friday New York time. They wanted to bury it before the weekend, the same move Brad and Jen pulled in 2005. Here’s what I do know:

They’ve been working on this all week, negotiating how to handle this announcement and control it before it exploded on its own. I'm told that there was a magazine - not People - who had a hold of this days ago. They've been dealing and bargaining for days to hold off so they could get their sh-t together. Behind the scenes it was a mess, with her side the driving force eager to benefit from the situation, get it out there and start a clean break. As always when it comes to a JLo break up, when she’s done, she is DONE. And she’s been done for a while. My sources say that it was Marc who was stalling, especially as there were some business interests at stake. There was the matter of his debt, and the two were supposed to collaborate on a few projects but he needs those more than she does, considering how successful she just was on Idol.

Which means...

You know JLo. She falls in love fast and hard. There will be another by 2012. Guaranteed. And she’ll be married again before 2013. What’s your prediction? I’d love to hear it. Email me, let me know.

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