*Singer Marc Anthony on Thursday denied rumors that secret affairs with other women broke apart his marriage to Jennifer Lopez earlier this year.

Last week, speculation sparked in the media of a love affair between him and his “Hawthorne” co-star Jada Pinkett Smith, the wife of movie star Will Smith.  The rumored affair also generated rumors that the Smiths were breaking up.

But Anthony, 42, called such speculation on celebrities “almost like a sport.”

“I will always love Jennifer, she knows that and my kids know that,” he said, calling Lopez a “wonderful” woman, mother and friend.

In his first interview since the July announcement of the end of their seven-year marriage, Anthony said the breakup “wasn’t some sensationalistic happening,” denying infidelity played any part. “It was a realization on both our parts, you know, It wasn’t shocking…These things happen.”

On whether he wanted the divorce, he said: “It was a decision that we made jointly.”

The marriage was the third for Lopez, 42, and produced twins Emme and Max in 2008. The two were married months after Lopez’s engagement to actor Ben Affleck ended, and days after Anthony’s divorce from former Miss Puerto Rico Dayanara Torres was finalized.