Former superstar couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony seemed to be handling their pending divorce with grace and calm over the past few months, speaking only kind words about each other in post-breakup interviews. But things seem to be turning sour between the two as news spread yesterday that Anthony has refused to film scenes for his Latin music reality series competition with Lopez due to her new relationship with 24-year-old backup dancer, Casper Smart.
According to RadarOnline, Anthony, who along with Lopez is the co-host and executive producer of “Q’Viva: The Chosen,” refused to travel to Peru and Chile to film the latest round of auditions for the show.
“Marc and J. Lo had a tense conference call when she was in Morocco. Inevitably, their discussion boiled down to her new boyfriend and Marc made the decision not to work with Jennifer last week as a result,” a source told Star magazine.
Anthony allegedly waited until Lopez’s private plane had departed from Casablanca to Peru to call Simon Fuller, CEO of XIX Entertainment, the force behind the show, and tell him that he was considering quitting the show.
An insider told Star that when Anthony spoke to Fuller, he told him that the reason he was not travelling to the two countries was “quite simply, J.Lo. I can’t work with her.”
Over the past week, Lopez has been photographed filming in Peru and Chile without Anthony.
“It’s his Latin pride. It’s been severely dented,” said another source, “Discussions are now underway to resurrect his involvement in the show. Millions of dollars are on the line and producers are desperate to soothe the tension between their two stars.”
Aside from their TV show drama, the two are reportedly working out details of a settlement before officially filing for a divorce.
“[Their lawyers] have been working out terms of a settlement before they officially file for divorce. There is no rush to do so because both sides agree on the formal date of separation. Marc and Jennifer have homes, businesses, and are minority owners of the Miami Dolphins football team. It’s complicated, and it could be at least several more months before final terms of the settlement are agreed upon. They will formally file in California, because it’s a no fault state, and the divorce will be legal six months from the time it’s filed,” said a source close to the couple.
For the sake of their business venture and their friendship, hopefully Lopez and Anthony can resolve their issues, lest they end up like these five other couples who were caught in divorce dramas. Check them out below. –nicholas robinson