Jennifer Lopez wanted divorce last year

A close friend of Jennifer Lopez has said that the American Idol judge wanted to divorce her estranged husband Marc Anthony last year.

Sources claim that cracks had appeared in the estranged couple’s relationship much before and Lopez was ready to quit last Christmas, reported Femalefirst.

“Jen told him she wanted out of the marriage late last year, but he begged her to stay. She stayed, but she was miserable until finally she couldn’t take it anymore,”said the source.

It was reported earlier that the couple, who announced the end of their seven-year marriage on July 15, was almost on the verge of a split in 2009 over Anthony’s alleged affair with an air-hostess.

Some other sources have added that Anthony had requested Lopez to stay.

“Jennifer was going to leave him then, but Marc begged her to stay. They went to marriage counselling and she decided to give it another shot. He was someone she truly loved,”added the source.

Besides, Anthony’s spendthrift habit is also said to be a cause for the split, which cost the pair USD 250 million during their seven-year marriage, with him owing USD 3.4 million in taxes last year.

Lopez is expected to take primary custody of her children with Anthony, three-year-old twins Max and Emme, with friends saying she is planning to throw herself into her work as an actress and singer.