Marc Anthony: I'll Always Be There for My Kids

09/01/2011 at 10:15 AM EDT

Their marriage is ending, but Marc Anthony says he'll always be there for his kids – and for Jennifer Lopez.

"I'm always going to be Daddy," Anthony, 42, tells ABC News of his 3-year-old twins, Max and Emme. "And they're used to me traveling and Jennifer traveling and, you know, we speak all the time, and try to maintain that presence."

Asked if he still loves Lopez, 41, Anthony replies: "I'll always love Jennifer. Yes. I'll always love Jennifer. She knows that."

He adds: "Jennifer's a wonderful, wonderful woman, a wonderful mother, a wonderful friend, you know. We understand this to be a long story. This is not a short story."

By that, he means he's always been there for her, and always will be. "I think anybody will tell you how I supported her, from day one. I'm really, really happy for her," he says. "We're going to be in each other's lives for many, many, many years, and I'm glad that our friendship is that strong."

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