In a recent interview with Hollywood Life, Jennifer Lopez opened up about the struggles she faced in the wake of her public split from third husband, Marc Anthony, in July 2011.
The singer took a break from her Dance Again World Tour to sit down with editor-in-chief and HuffPost blogger Bonnie Fuller to discuss the divorce and the breakup of her family, which she described as “devastating.”
“I didn’t want to be the woman who stayed in bed for months,” Lopez said. “I did do that a little, but I knew I had to get through it.” She continued: “I’d dance every day, I’d work out, I’d say a little prayer and I still wouldn’t feel any better. Then I’d go to bed and get up the next day and do it all again. It was a process, and it very gradually got a little easier.”
According to Lopez’s best friend and manager, Benny Medina, the former ‘Idol’ judge blamed herself for the failure of her marriage to Anthony.
Lopez explained: ”I had to figure out what I did wrong that I was in a relationship where I was accepting situations that weren’t good for me. If you’re allowing yourself to be in a bad relationship, you need to understand why.”
The former couple — who are parents to four-year-old twins Max and Emme — first announced their split in July 2011 after seven years of marriage. Anthony made it official when he filed for divorce in April 2012. Lopez has since been dating “Dance Again” creative director and dancer Casper Smart, a man who is 18 years her junior.
But Lopez is hardly the first celebrity to date a much younger man after divorce. Click through the slides below for nine other stars who had May-December relationships post-split.