Marc Anthony made his first public appearance with new girlfriend Mariana Downing last Tuesday night, a month after rumors of the romance began. The singer brought the model to his fourth annual Maestro Cares Gala and although he had his 21-year-old girlfriend on his arm, that didn’t stop Anthony from gushing about his ex-wife Jennifer Lopez.
“We’ve always been [in a good place] from day one, you know. We met working, twenty-something years ago we met, working. She’s my goombah — that’s my girl — for life,” he said in an interview with Extra. “If you want to get along with a woman, just get divorced.”
The two co-parents to 10-year-old twins Max and Emme have continued supporting each other’s careers with Anthony attending J.Lo’s residency show in Las Vegas and working together on an album. “I’m producing her Spanish album, which is — I’m telling you right now — some of the best work I’ve ever done and some of the best work that she’s ever done, and the fact that she put her career in my hands is a massive responsibility, but no one knows her like I do,” said Marc.
And he also didn’t hold back from raving about their children. “They are big and beautiful and gorgeous. You explore their imagination every day. It just makes you feel like you’re ten years old,” he said.
Last month, the salsero and model Shannon de Lima finalized their divorce, in which he would have to pay $10,000 a month over the next three years to De Lima as part of their settlement.