By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Surprise separation: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, pictured at the Met Gala in New York earlier this year, have ended their marriage
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have split after seven years together.
The couple, who are parents to three-year-old twins Max and Emme, made the shock announcement in a joint statement this afternoon.
'We have decided to end our marriage,' they said.
'This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters.'
No warning signs: The couple at the unveiling of Simon Fuller's Hollywood star on May 23, at the American Idol finale on May 25 and right, at their last public appearance together at a Boys and Girls Club event in New York on June 10
'It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.'
The split comes as a surprise to fans given the pair's recent and quite public displays of affection.
Lopez, 41, who this year joined American Idol as a judge, accompanied Anthony, 42, on stage while he performed during the show's finale on May 25, ending the racy performance with a passionate kiss.
Where's Marc? Lopez took her mother Guadalupe to meet Prince William and Duchess Kate at the BAFTA Brits to Watch party in Los Angeles on on Saturday night
They were last pictured together at the unveiling of her Boy's and Girl's Club billboard in Times Square in New York on June 10.
There was certainly no sign of trouble as the Puerto Rican singer turned out to support his wife, holding her hand and giving her a peck on the lips.
Hands on parents: The pair with their twins Max and Emme in July last year
However, Anthony was notably absent at the BAFTA Brits to Watch party in Los Angeles on on Saturday night.
Lopez instead took her mother Guadalupe to meet Prince William and Duchess Kate.
During their marriage, the pair mixed business with pleasure.
In 2005, they collaborated on Lopez's first full-length Spanish language album, Como Ama Una Mujer (How a Woman Loves).
They also starred together in 2007's El Cantante, a film about salsa king Hector Lavoe.
That same year, they took their love on the road as they teamed up for a tour and in November, Lopez announced she was pregnant.
In April this year, they announced plans for a television show together, Q'Viva! The Chosen, with Simon Fuller, the creator of Idol.