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J-LO'S SECRET I DO; Diva weds her salsa singer boyfriend in front of 40 friends.

Byline: By Anthony Harwood

JENNIFER Lopez married for the third time yesterday barely five months after splitting with actor Ben Affleck.

Only 40 guests attended the hush-hush ceremony in Los Angeles, in contrast to the huge extravaganza J-Lo had planned with Affleck.

But her wedding to salsa singer and actor Marc Anthony, only four days after his divorce came through, still featured a marquee, balloons and a string quartet in the garden of Lopez's Beverly Hills mansion.

Witnesses reported seeing J-Lo, 34, in a sensational wedding dress and bedecked from head to toe in jewellery walking across the garden.

Among the gems on show was the eight-carat diamond her new husband had bought for her, replacing the 6.1-carat pink diamond she was given by Affleck.

'It was a lovely low-key intimate affair for the closest friends and family,' said one friend.

'She didn't hardly tell anyone.'

Lopez, who first dated Anthony in 1999 when they worked together on her debut album, had not announced their relationship officially.

But they were pictured smooching on the set of her latest film. And rumours of an impending wedding grew after news broke that Anthony had flown to the Dominican Republic to file for a quickie divorce.

Yesterday, J-Lo flew guests in for what she called a 'beautiful afternoon party' but did not tell them she was planning to get married.

Just before the ceremony, she was spotted walking over to the tent carrying a white umbrella and the musicians began to play as guests clapped and cheered.

Lopez's mother, Guadalupe, was in there and embraced new son-in-law Anthony after the ceremony.

With two marriages already under her belt, as well as engagements to Affleck and to rapper Sean 'P Diddy' Combs, J-Lo had wasted no time in getting on with No3.

Friends said she demanded that father-of-three Anthony end his marriage quickly.

The divorce came just two years after he and former Miss Universe contestant Dayanara Torres renewed their vows in a pounds 275,000 ceremony.

The couple had married in Las Vegas in May 2000.

A friend of Anthony's said: 'Jennifer broke it to Marc like this, 'We have to do this the right way. You need to handle your business if you want to be with me'.

'So he did what he had to do. It was inevitable that the divorce was going to happen, but Jen laid it down. She said, 'Pronto!' and he agreed to do it quickly.'

Lopez and Anthony, who has appeared in films including Bringing Out The Dead and Hackers, share a love of the stage as well their Latino roots.

After their brief romance in 1999, she started an affair with Combs which lasted until 2001. Three months later, she was engaged to Cris Judd, one of her backup dancers.

They were married in September 2001 but by the following June that marriage had floundered and Lopez was romancing Affleck, who she meton a film set.

The couple's glitzy wedding bash was called off at the last minute by Affleck last September.

A few months later. the couple called off their engagement and split for good.

Lopez's first marriage was to waiter Ojani Noa and the pair split in 1998.

Affleck has struck up a new romance with a woman in Boston, where he has been spending much of his time recently.

As his former fiancee said her vows yesterday, he was in hospital undergoing treatment for bronchitis.

The Pearl Harbour and Good Will Hunting star was driven to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Saturday.

New girlfriend Enza Sambataro visited later to offer her support.

Meanwhile, not everyone is wishing the newlywed lovebirds well.

Anthony's ex-wife Dayanara, who separated from him in October 2003, is definitely not a Lopez fan.

She and her friends refer to the curvy star as La Puerca the pig. One pal said before news of the wedding emerged: 'I hope he marries Jennifer because then he will have met his match. Both are very controlling.'

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BLOOMING LOVELY: J-Lo and Anthony tie the knot at her mansion in LA. Top right, Lopez was bedecked in gems for the wedding on her lawn, centre. Right, the lovebirds canoodle last week; OLD FLAMES: Affleck, left. Marc and Dayanara renew their vows
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