updated 01/05/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/05/2012 AT 10:30 AM ET
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 !!!!!”
Lopez has been dating Los Angeles-based dancer (another 24-year-old) Casper Smart since November.