2018's heartbreak continues—Step Up co-stars, and beautifully supportive married couple, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, have announced that they've decided to separate after almost nine years together (opens in new tab).
The couple released a joint statement to People (opens in new tab), which they also shared on their Instagram accounts (opens in new tab), detailing their decision to separate:
Obviously, fans are finding the news difficult to accept (opens in new tab), because the Tatums once seemed to be one of the most solid Hollywood couples. However, a recent interview given by Dewan Tatum might have hinted at a growing discord between them.
In February this year, Dewan Tatum spoke to Health (opens in new tab) about her relationship with Tatum, and was quick to dispel the idea that her marriage was, in fact, perfect.
Dewan Tatum told Health (opens in new tab): "When people say you guys have such a perfect life, I want to scream and tell them no one's perfect. I think there are such things as great fits. It is a great fit as long as you are growing together, and I think up until this point we’ve really grown together."
But it seems that, despite being a "great fit," the Tatums experienced problems every married couple encounters, that ultimately they couldn't work through.
Dewan Tatum hinted at deeper issues when she told Health (opens in new tab):
"I think a couple needs to be conscious and to want to do the work and be willing to look at the parts of you that need work. Both of us have been pretty aware and willing to do that. We’ve always had the same values. But we’re not perfect! Are you kidding? We fight like other couples, we disagree about things, we have days where we don’t really like each other."
While the Tatums have decided to separate, it's clear that they remain loving and supportive co-parents, who will always respect one another. And as anyone who's survived a marriage breakdown will tell you—that's major.
Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.
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