Jenna Dewan Says Split From Channing Tatum ‘Was So Difficult for Me’

Jenna Dewan recently announced she is expecting a baby with her boyfriend, Tony Award-winning actor Steve Kazee. The two started dating last year, after she and husband Channing Tatum announced they were separating.

Dewan is releasing her book “Gracefully You: How To Live Your Best Life Every Day” later this month, where she reveals her feelings on the painful split from the actor.

Actress Jenna Dewan
Jenna Dewan | Rachel Luna/FilmMagic

Met on set

Dewan and Tatum met on the set of Step Up, where they were cast as the film leads. Despite an immediate attraction, Tatum was attempting to keep his distance.  “I had just gotten out of a pretty long relationship, so I was in no way ready for another. I was trying to run from what I knew Jenna was — not someone I was just going to date,” Tatum told Elle in 2013.

Evidently, he couldn’t stay away for long – the couple tied the knot in 2009 and welcomed daughter Everly in 2013. They appeared to be the picture-perfect couple, yet in April 2018 they surprised fans by revealing their separation.

“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 pair said in a statement, as reported by Cosmopolitan. “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. We are still a family and will always be loving dedicated parents to Everly.”

Difficult split

In her upcoming book, Dewan reveals that her relationship with Tatum started to unravel over time. “People grow and they change and sometimes they don’t grow and change together,” she wrote, according to Cosmopolitan. “So it wasn’t a overnight thing that happened. There was no one event. I think it was just a slow realization that we wanted different things.”

The actress went on to share the pain she experienced during the split from Tatum. ” I was just gutted. It was so difficult for me. It was the loss of an idealistic future for myself and my life,” Dewan admitted. “What does that now look like for me? Where do I begin? I met him when I was 24, I didn’t know life without Chan.”

Dewan is now clearly in a good place and able to productively reflect on the breakup. “It was a hard journey of growth and change,” Dewan told People. “Ultimately now I can honestly say that I’m living in a very joyful new place in my life, and I’m happy about it.”

Moving on

Dewan also speaks of how she and Tatum have grown to develop a solid relationship as former spouses and co-parents of Everly. “We’re all aware that it’s a new normal, we’re all getting used to it,” she said. “You can still have a relationship and just because the forms change as to who you are to each other, it doesn’t take away from the love that we had or that we shared all those years.”

Both Dewan and Tatum have moved on to find happiness in new relationships. Tatum is now dating singer Jessie J, and Dewan and Kazee are looking forward to their first child together. “We are beyond overjoyed and couldn’t be happier to be expanding our family!” the couple told People when she announced her pregnancy.

The actress advises others who may be going through a rough patch to keep forging ahead. “It wasn’t easy necessarily, to get here, which nothing is easy in life, right?” Dewan said. “I had to put in the work. This doesn’t just happen overnight. But just to know that it’s possible, and your perspective on life can change. It can change for the better, and you’ll be fine.”