Marc Anthony's ex-fiancee is warning Jennifer Lopez to stay as independent as possible because the singer liked to control her every move when she was dating him.

Stunning CLAUDETTE LALI dated the Latino star eight years ago (96) and admits romancing Anthony wasn't always fun.

She reveals, "He will do whatever it takes to make you feel like you have met your prince - you feel loved and protected.

"(But) there was no way I could go out to dinner with friends or travel on my own."

Lali tells America's IN TOUCH magazine that the singer even tried to convince his fiancee to quit modelling so she could spend more time with him.

She adds, "We would fight over that."

Then, when Anthony ended the six-month romance and demanded the diamond ring he gave her, Lali admits she was devastated: "I had to get a motivational coach just to try to find myself because I was Marc's shadow."

22/10/2004 02:14