Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum shocked the world when they announced their divorce after nearly 10 years of marriage.
News of the Step Up alums’ separation seems to have hit everyone particularly hard. Over the past decade, we’ve watched the celebrity couple gush over each other on social media, support one another on red carpets, and look super adorable in photos together. However, their romantic relationship has run its course.
While the rest of the world is weighing in and trying desperately to determine what really drove a wedge between the World of Dance host and the Magic Mike star, actress Kristen Bell offered an amazing new perspective on the end of their marriage (page 7).
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum broke the internet when they announced their separation. Though the world was stunned by the breakup, the couple expressed their love for one another and seemed eager to move on.
In their statement, they explained, “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.”
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Some interesting rumors
Though many celebrities have tried to stay positive about their divorces and separations, many folks have called BS on the “positive” end to the Tatums’ marriage. In fact, soon after the divorce was announced, rumors swirled that the marriage was brought to an end due to The Hateful Eight actor’s partying and flirting.
Dewan’s rep cleared things up, telling People, “Happy to clarify that absolutely none of these rumors are true. The reason our statement was so positive [was] because that’s the reality of the situation.”
Next: A clearly thought out choice
A long time coming
Though the couple’s split came as a shock to the rest of the world, insiders are claiming that it was a long time coming.
A source told People, “The pair worked hard on their marriage before making the difficult decision to make their separation official. It’s not anything rushed. They will not get back together, but they will continue to be the best parents to Everly. The fact that they get along is everything.”
Next: The warning signs were there all along.
The warning signs were clear
We really should have seen the trouble coming. Since the beginning of 2018, the now former couple has been doing things solo. In early March, Dewan Tatum attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party with her BFF Emmanuelle Chriqui instead of her hubby. At the soiree, she was tight-lipped about where Tatum was when Entertainment Tonight asked her about his whereabouts.
The following weekend Dewan Tatum attended the iHeart Music Awards alone. When asked why she was alone, she simply told E! News that Tatum was working.
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People change a ton in a decade, and as life happens, relationships also change drastically. In a 2017 interview with Redbook, Dewan Tatum revealed:
You change when you’re together from 25 to 35. I think maybe in my early 20s; I might have tiptoed around issues or didn’t want to make too many waves. Now it’s like, “This is how I’m feeling.” You have to be OK with the other person becoming defensive, to let them be emotional and accept that it won’t be OK for a while.
Perhaps expressing themselves allowed the former couple to see that they were better off as friends. An insider told People, “They honestly do still love each other, and that’s not just for show. That love turned more into a friendship rather than the passion they felt when they first met and fell in love.”
Next: Kristen Bell’s thoughts
Looking at it all wrong
Though many people have been eager to weigh in with their opinions on the end of Dewan and Tatum’s marriage, Bell offered up a super intriguing comment.
E! News caught up with The Good Place actress at an event and asked her if she heard about the split and what her thoughts were. She explained that she understood the inherent need to look up to other relationships.
She revealed, “I also think we’re not looking at the whole picture when we sort of idolize the relationship.”
Next: A different angle
An alternative perspective
Bell, who has been married to actor Dax Shepard since 2013, offered up a different narrative when examining the end of relationships. She expressed,
Like those two, that may be a better path for both of them, and they’re both lovely people, and they’re still friends, and that’s OK. It’s OK to feel like, “I went through 10 years with you, I love you, and now I feel like I want something different and so do you.” Like it doesn’t have to be a heartbreak, I guess is what I mean. It could actually be the healthiest thing for both individuals to thrive and it could also be the best example for your kids.
Next: This is the most important thing to remember.
The most important thing
No matter what the internet, celebs, or anyone else thinks, Dewan and Tatum are doing what works best for them, and most importantly they are putting their daughter, Everly, first.
An insider told People, “Like other couples; they have had arguments and disagreements, but they were always very conscious about giving their daughter lots love and a great life.”
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