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I DO – SO SOON!
Five months after ending her engagement to Ben Affleck – and just days after Marc Anthony’s divorce is finalized – Jennifer Lopez and the singer stun the world by tying the knot on June 4, 2004, at her Beverly Hills home. Lopez later tells PEOPLE, "When you find that person who doesn't run when things get hard – I think that's where Marc proved to me that he was more of a man than anything I had experienced."
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Paying homage to Spanish-language soap operas, telenovelas, the couple deliver a much buzzed about performance – around a satin-sheeted bed – of their duet "Escapémonos" at the 2005 Grammy Awards.
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Lopez and Anthony continue to work together into 2006, filming El Cantante, a biopic about salsa legend Hector Lavoe. Why do the couple work so well together? "We know each other's work rhythm," Lopez says, while Anthony offers a more romantic take: "Just simple love."
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The native New Yorkers – who are both of Puerto Rican descent – lead the charge in 2006 at the Big Apple's annual Puerto Rican Day parade. "I've never tried to hide the fact that I'm Latina," Lopez tells People En Español. "I think that's why Hispanics are like, 'She's ours; she's out there, but she belongs to us' – and that's true. With the Latino community, I am theirs. I do belong to them – that's who I am."
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MUM'S THE WORD
Lopez ditches her signature slinky outfits for a series of flowing gowns – and stays quiet about her pregnancy – during her and Anthony's 2007 El Cantante concert tour. She finally makes the big announcement at their Nov. 7 stop in Miami: "Marc and I are expecting a baby!" Later, she jokes about her pregnancy, saying, "I kind of feel like everybody knew anyway. I was on tour with a bubble gut!"
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The duo call Miami home in 2009 after Anthony buys a stake in the NFL's Dolphins. "Jennifer loves Miami," he says. "So she's really, really happy about this because we're going to be spending a lot of time down there."
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Although Anthony initially balks at the idea, Lopez and twins Max and Emme, then 2½, shoot an ad campaign in 2010 for Gucci's new children's line. In return, the fashion house makes a donation to UNICEF. Says Lopez, "We don’t really parade [the children] around like that, so it was for a good cause."
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In one of their last public appearances together, a booty-shaking Lopez joins Anthony onstage at the 2011 finale of American Idol as he performs salsa king Hector Lavoe's "Aguanile." Before leaving the stage, the couple share a sweet kiss.