We’ll always have Step Up. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum have split after nearly nine years of marriage. They announced the news in a joint statement posted to each of their respective Instagram accounts on Monday, April 2.
“Hey world! So… We have something we would like to share,” the statement began. “First off, it feels odd that we have to share this kind of thing with everyone, but it’s a consequence of the lives we’ve chosen to lead, which we also happen to be deeply grateful for. We’re living in an incredible moment in time, but it’s also a time where 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 then it’s most certainly fiction.”
They went on to share that they had “lovingly chosen to separate,” noting that the decision to part ways was an amicable one. “We feel deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together,” the statement read. “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. There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision — just two best friends realizing it’s time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible.”
The couple, who had a meet-cute on the set of the 2006 movie Step Up, married in 2009 and share one daughter, 4-year-old Everly. In their statement, they stressed that they are “still a family and will always be loving, dedicated parents” to their little girl. They also asked for privacy and sent love to their fans.
The Kingsman: The Golden Circle actor and the World of Dance judge were last photographed on the red carpet together in November. In February, Dewan Tatum spoke about their marriage in an interview with Health magazine, saying they had their ups and downs just like any other couple.
“When people say you guys have such a perfect life, I want to scream and tell them no one’s perfect,” she told the mag. “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. Even if one starts to grow, the other catches up and vice versa. But 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?”
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