They met on the set of Step Up, and have since been the social media golden couple who danced their way into the public’s collective heart.
But in devastating news today, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum have announced they are to separate after nearly nine years of marriage.
The couple jointly shared the reason for their split on social media:
The couple released a joint statement late Monday 2 April saying:
We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together.
Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now.
The statement continued:
There are no secrets or salacious events at the root of our decision – just two best friends realizing [sic] it’s time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible.
We are still a family and will always be loving dedicated parents to Everly.
Adding they wouldn’t be commenting further and asking fans to respect their privacy at this time, the couple also went on to say it feels ‘odd’ to share the news publicly.
But, they continued, ‘it’s a consequence of the lives we’ve chosen to lead, which we also happen to be deeply grateful for.’
Indeed, the couple are no strangers to sharing their personal lives with fans:
They also said not to believe everything you hear, concluding:
We’re living in an incredible moment in time, but it’s also a time when truth can easily get distorted into ‘alternative facts’.
So we want to share the truth so you know that if you didn’t read it here it’s most certainly fiction.
Jenna and Channing were last seen together at a public event in November 2017, but seemed happier than ever on social media.
The couple met on the set of the 2006 film Step Up and got hitched in July 2009.
You can watch the trailer for the movie below:
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The pair certainly had an on-screen chemistry which dazzled viewers who are into dance musical rom-coms
– far be it for us to assume their careers have any reflection on their intimacy behind closed doors.
But they sure did know how to put on a show! Channing and Jenna regularly appeared on star-studded red carpets together and jointly contributed one of the best Lip Sync Battles in televisual history not long ago.
Try this on for size:
Jenna, a professional dancer by trade and Channing, who also danced his way onto the silver screen and continued to do so in films like Magic Mike, are parents to a four-year-old little girl called Everly. She will turn five in May this year.
Her parents added:
We won’t be commenting beyond this, and we thank you all in advance for respecting our family’s privacy.
All the best to both Channing and Jenna as well as their young daughter at this difficult time.
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A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.