Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's Split: What Went Wrong?

Celebrity News Jul. 16, 2011 AT 10:23AM

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony announced their surprising split on Friday. After seven years of marriage, the parents of 3-year-old twins Max and Emme made the difficult decision to end their marriage.

"We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters," Lopez, 40, and Anthony, 42, said in a joint statement. "It is a painful time for all involved, and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time."

PHOTOS: Look back at Jennifer and Marc in happier times

Friends for years, Lopez and Anthony dated briefly in the 1990s. They stepped out again as a couple in early 2004, shortly after Lopez's broken engagement from Ben Affleck, and in the midst of Anthony's divorce from first wife, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres. They wed at a quiet home wedding in June 2004.

PHOTOS: Jennifer and Marc's adorable twins

Just last year, they renewed their wedding vows for their sixth anniversary at their Hidden Hills, Calif. estate June 5. "We realized the bets in Vegas [on whether we'd make it] stopped at five years," Anthony joked to Us Weekly at the time. (The duo also renewed their vows in 2008, and playfully dirty-danced together at Us Weekly's Hot Hollywood bash in April 2010.)

PHOTOS: Jennifer takes her mom as her date to meet Will and Kate

And as recently as January, singer, actress and American Idol judge Lopez gushed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show about being a parent with Anthony. "As soon as I had the babies, I thought to myself, 'I want to do this a thousand more times...I love this. This is life."

PHOTOS: Look back at Jennifer's rocky romances

Anthony and first wife Torres share sons Cristin, 10, and Ryan, 7. Lopez (who famously dated Sean Combs in addition to Affleck), had been married twice before: to restauranteur Ojani Noa (they split in 1998) and former backup dancer Cris Judd, to whom she was married from 2001 to 2003.

PHOTOS: Jennifer's incredible transformation through the years

In the video above, take a look back at the ups and downs of Lopez and Anthony's relationship throughout the years.

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