Lopez, Anthony split stuns Simon Cowell

Updated: Jul 23, 2011, 12:05 PM IST

London: Simon Cowell was stunned when Jennifer Lopez`s marriage to Marc Anthony ended, as he never thought their "bickering" was a sign of more serious problems.

The couple announced the end of their seven-year union last week. They revealed the decision to part ways was "painful" but "amicable".

Cowell was Lopez`s predecessor as a judge on "American Idol".

"I didn`t see it coming. They always seemed to get on. They would bicker, but everyone bickers," contactmusic.com quoted Cowell as saying.