Marc Anthony wasn't blindsided when Jennifer Lopez filed for divorce July 15, bringing their seven-year marriage to a screeching halt.
"I'll tell you that it wasn't something sensationalistic happening," Anthony, 42, said in a Nightline interview airing on ABC Thursday at 11:35 p.m. EST. "It was a realization on both our parts. So, you know, it wasn't shocking. These things happen. It was a decision that we made jointly."
Despite his recent split, Anthony remains optimistic about his future.
"This is not a funeral. This is not a burial," the single star said. "This is just two people who came together and just realized. . . I'm saying that it wasn't sustainable the way it was, and that's that."
Post-breakup, Anthony has been hiding out at his home in Long Island, New York, a "haven" he has dubbed "Casa Marc Anthony."
Though the singer and Lopez, 42, will likely never reconcile, Anthony admits that he will "always love Jennifer," the mother of his three-year-old twins.
For more from Anthony's interview, watch Good Morning America Thursday at 7 a.m. EST and Nightline at 11:35 p.m. EST on ABC.
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