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Marc Anthony files for divorce

He's been married to Miss Universe Dayanara Torres since 2000.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Marc Anthony was in the Dominican capital Thursday to file for divorce from former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres.

The divorce papers, signed by both, were submitted at a civil court in Santo Domingo. Judge Maritza Capellan has three days to issue a decision. The hearing Thursday was behind closed doors.

The 34-year-old singer signed autographs when he left the courthouse. He declined to speak with reporters. Torres wasn’t present.

Anthony and Torres were married in a civil ceremony in Las Vegas in May 2000. The couple briefly separated in 2002, then renewed their vows in Puerto Rico. They have two young sons, Cristian and Ryan.

Torres filed a petition for dissolution of marriage with children on Jan. 20 in Miami-Dade Circuit Court under Dayanara Torres Muniz. Anthony’s real name is Marco Antonio Muniz.

It wasn’t clear how the Dominican petition would affect the one in Florida, but divorce proceedings in the Dominican Republic are generally quicker.

A Dominican law allows some nonresidents to file for divorce in this Spanish-speaking Caribbean nation.

Torres is a native of Puerto Rico. Anthony, a salsa and pop singer whose hits includes include “I Need to Know,” was born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents.