Credit: Vanity Fair Photo: Jennifer Lopez Cover the September Issue of Vanity Fair

For the first time since her split from Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez is opening up about their marriage — and she's not talking trash! The American Idol judge, who graces the September issue of Vanity Fair, spoke candidly to the magazine about her soon-to-be ex-husband and future plans as a single lady.

Despite their best efforts for stay together as a couple, Jennifer says she and Marc could not make their marriage work. Ultimately, she decided to end the seven-year relationship. “It’s not that I didn’t love myself before. Sometimes we don’t realize that we are compromising ourselves. To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself — if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me. I love myself enough to walk away from that now,” she revealed to Vanity Fair.

Now we've all heard rumors of Marc cheating and being an all-around jerk during their marriage, but Ms. Lo remains as classy as ever. She insists that Marc will always have a special place in her heart and adds, "I will always respect Marc as a singer and performer. We actually work great together, and he was always very supportive. Together we could make magic — and we did. He will always be in our lives."

If you're keeping count, this will be the third divorce under Jennifer's belt. In spite of that relationship history, she isn't giving up love! "I remain an eternal optimist about love. I believe in love,” she says. Until that special someone comes along, Jen remains focused on being the best "mother, entertainer, and person" she can be. 

You can read the rest of her interview on when the September issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands on August 3, 2011.

Source: Vanity Fair