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When interviewed about his split from American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony said, “These things happen,” which may be a reflection of the way society views divorce in the United States.
There have been a number of divorces and splits from long-term monogamous relationships this year – celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kate Bosworth, Leonardo DiCaprio, Melissa Gilbert, Daniel Baldwin and Jesse James all watched their relationships crumble this year. However, Anthony said these types of breakups are not surprising.
In an interview with ABC News’ John Quinones, Anthony said his divorce did not need to be mourned.
"This is not a funeral. This is not a burial," Anthony said in the interview. "This is just two people who came together and just realized – and so I'm saying that it wasn't sustainable the way it was, and that's that."
Dr. Joseph Riccioli, a licensed professional Christian counselor, said Christians should not become a part of the trend where divorce is accepted.
“If they’re not Christians, people will follow these trends,” Riccioli told The Christian Post. “But you have got to follow what Scripture says about divorce.”
Riccioli said Matthew 19:9 is a helpful place for Christians to start when questioning divorce or celebrating the act.
“And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery,” the verse reads.
However, Anthony said the end of his marriage had nothing to do with infidelity or anything “sensationalistic.” In fact, Anthony said he planned to stay in Lopez’s life despite what others would think.
"Being Puerto Rican, born and raised on the streets of New York, you go, 'Wow, you're still friends with your ex,” Anthony explained of how people may react to his relationship with Lopez. “We're going to be in each other's lives for many, many, many years, and I'm glad that our friendship is that strong.”
Riccioli said these types of views are not surprising for those who do not follow Christ.
“If you’re not a Christian, you will be living by your own standards,” Riccioli told CP. “Everyone else does not have the authority of God and will follow whatever process they feel they need to do.”