Would a superstar couple really be so manipulative as to save the public announcement about the dissolution of their marriage just so the wife could wind up on the cover of a magazine?
Um, well â€¦ if you believe AOL gossiper Rob Shuter, then yes.
Shuter reports that an insider tells him Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony actually broke up months ago, despite the fact that they only revealed the split in July.
â€œThey have been over for months but were keeping it secret, waiting for the right time to break it,â€ Shuter’s source says, though the source speculates the timing had more to do with Jennifer Lopez renegotiating her American Idol contract than with her trying to land the prestigious September Vanity Fair cover.
But, a “magazine insider” tell Shuter: “Vanity Fair closes its issue at least three months before it hits newsstands. No way could they have decided to split two weeks ago and be on the cover of a monthly magazine that fast. Something suspicious is going on for sure.â€
To be fair, the Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony split was announced slightly more than two weeks ago; People.com ran a story on their break up on July 15.
On the other hand, Limelife.com ran a story about Jennifer Lopez replacing Lindsay Lohan as the Vanity Fair cover girl on Aug. 2 — and the cover and an excerpt of the story inside were already online at the Vanity Fair Website that day â€¦ so, yeah, two weeks between the announcement and the time the interview had been conducted, written, edited and produced (not to mention the cover photo shot) seems, well, short.
Shuter goes on to suggest that the Vanity Fair interview and photo shoot would have had to have happened around the end of May, near the May 25 American Idol season finale, during which Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony performed together and kissed.
And, to give a little extra heft to Shuter’s assertions: Before becoming an editor and gossip columnist, Shuter was a powerful Hollywood publicist, whose clients included Jennifer Lopez, during her very public break up with Ben Affleck.
Writes Shuter: “Having once worked for Jennifer Lopez myself, I can confirm that this is a lady who plans everything — even a potential breakup!”