Marc Anthony and Shannon De Lima
Brett Hufziger/Retna; Courtesy Shannon De Lima
01/05/2012 AT 10:30 AM EST
A new year has brought new love for Marc Anthony, who has publicly declared his affection for Venezuelan model Shannon De Lima – just a few months after his ex-wife Jennifer Lopez
found a new man
of her own.
"A mi @Shadelima mi estatua de libertad. Besos bebe," Anthony, 43, wrote on Twitter
Wednesday – which translates to, "To @Shadelima my statue of liberty. Kisses baby."
He also posted a photo
to Facebook of him and De Lima, 24, kissing, with the simple caption: "gracias!"
Anthony's new love has the official approval of his son Chase Muniz, who wrote on Twitter: "To all my followers and everybody on twitter follow 2012 best couple and for many more years to come @MarcAnthony and @Shadelima !!!!!"
Anthony and Lopez, 42, split last summer
after seven years of marriage. They have twins Max and Emme
, who will be 4 in February.
Lopez has been dating Los Angeles-based dancer (another 24-year-old) Casper Smart