Ever Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez revealed, in a surprising July 15 statement, that they were filing for divorce, rumors have flown like wildfire as to the cause of the rift (often hinting at infidelity on the part of Anthony, and sometimes linking him with HawthoRNe co-star Jada Pinkett Smith). In response to the weeks of speculation, Marc Anthony will be appearing on Nightline to give his side of the story to ABC News’ John Quinones tonight at 11:35PM EDT. In a sneak preview posted by ABC, Anthony denies tabloid reports of infidelity, pointing to the range and improbability of the rumors as further circumstantial evidence of their falsehood. In truth, according to Anthony, “It was a realization on both our parts… It wasn’t shocking. These things happen.” He would not answer directly that he did or did not want a divorce but stated that the decision was “made jointly.” According to Anthony, the two remain friends, and will continue to jointly raise their children and support each other’s careers—or as he put it, simply, “This is not a funeral.”
In the interview he also speaks of his childhood as a Puerto Rican in East Harlem, his Kohl’s clothing line, his and Lopez’s Latin talent show Q’Viva! The Chosen, his partial ownership of the Miami Dolphins, and his longtime Long Island home. As for the newly single Anthony? When asked about romance in his future, he uses a boxing analogy:
That’s like asking a boxer in the twelfth round if he’s going to retire or not. … He’ll always say, “I’m done. I’m done.” You know what I mean? And then two weeks later is when you ask him.
So give me two weeks.
Nevertheless, he explains, “I’ll always love Jennifer. She knows that.” The full interview airs tonight on ABC.