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Marc Anthony’s alleged jealousy of Jennifer Lopez’s fame caused split

Donald Trump daughter Ivankwere Trump International Hotel   Tower Chicago Tuesday. | John H. White~Chicago Sun-Times

Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka were at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago on Tuesday. | John H. White~Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: January 23, 2012 4:02AM

J ennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony carefully worked out their divorce in a civil manner, but a few details have surfaced shedding light on the real reasons for the couple’s surprise split.

A big sticking point apparently was Anthony’s desire to live in South America, where his stardom largely eclipses J. Lo’s. Lopez, perhaps not surprisingly, had no intention of living there for a minimum of six months as her husband was demanding.

In general, it was the couple’s competing careers — and Anthony’s deep-seated jealousy of his wife’s huge U.S. popularity — that became an overwhelming obstacle to the marriage remaining intact.

“Marc was very proud of Jennifer’s success, but it also really bothered him that so many people — particularly in Hollywood and even in Miami — thought of him as kind of a ‘Mr. Jennifer Lopez,’ ” said a J. Lo insider.

“This is all very complicated, because both of them are so devoted to their children. ... The marriage lasted a couple of years longer than it would have, due to those babies being born.”

GETTING TRUMPED: Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, zoomed into Chicago on Tuesday for business meetings and shared a number of news nuggets with this column.

† Ivanka said she “wished my father was still in the race [for president]. We would be better off if he had stayed in.” The Donald reminded that “I was leading in the polls when I was doing it,” but he clearly enjoys being courted by the remaining GOP candidates. “Two of them just called me on my cell today asking me to endorse them,” though Trump declined to reveal which way he is leaning — or who made those calls to him Tuesday.

When I asked his daughter if she would ever consider running for office, Ivanka laughed. “At 29, I try not to roll out too many things. But as of now, no.”

† Though they won’t reveal the new lineup for “The Celebrity Apprentice” until next month, Donald said “the 18 contestants are our very best ever — and most diverse group yet.”

As for ex-“Apprentice” competitor Rod Blagojevich, Trump said “he was very nice on the show,” indicating he hopes the disgraced ex-governor doesn’t get the long prison term that’s been predicted. “Sounds like [his conviction] was just a lot of political stuff, more than pure corruption.”

† Locally, the Trumps are closely looking to do another, somewhat smaller version of their mixed-use Trump Tower here, “but it won’t happen for a while … until the market turns around,” said the Donald, who did not reveal the site for the new downtown Chicago project.

† When asked if he’d ever be a guest on former nemesis Rosie O’Donnell’s new talk show, Donald Trump said, “No, that won’t ever happen.” But he wished her well because “I love Oprah [Winfrey] and I want everybody associated with Oprah to be successful, so I hope Rosie’s show is a great success.”

† As for the economy, the Donald believes “a year from now we likely will be in about the same place we are today. Some think we’ll be doing better. Some say we’ll be doing worse. No one really knows.”

ALL PUMPED UP: After having a quiet, “soft” opening for the past few weeks, hospitality guru Ian Schrager officially launched his Public Chicago hotel — and its updated, signature Pump Room — on Tuesday night with actress Zoe Saldana on hand as his special celebrity guest. Among Chicago’s Who’s Who set scheduled to be on hand for a special dinner, created by the Pump Room’s internationally acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, were Desiree Rogers, Jason Pritzker, Toni Canada, Katherine and Judd Malkin, Traci and Mario Tricoci, Jam’s Jerry Mickelson, the Bears’ Israel Idonije, the Hawks’ Duncan Keith, Victor Skrebneski, Whitney and Jerry Lasky, Julia and Errett Van Nice, Illinois film office director Betsy Steinberg, and Trish and Kris Alden.

BABY BEAT: Those in the know predict Jessica Simpson finally will confirm she’s pregnant very soon — perhaps even by the end of this week.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Yes, that was John Cleese spied dining at Rosebud Prime. … Two of Bravo’s “Housewives” stars — New York’s Sonja Morgan and New Jersey’s Kathy Wakile — hooked up at Tzar Ultra Lounge. … Brent Seabrook and Chicago Mercantile Exchange chairman Terrence Duffy dined at Chicago Cut steakhouse — mixing chatter about high finance and hockey!

Bill Zwecker reports regularly on on WFLD-Channel 32.

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