One of Hollywood’s most admired couples, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, dropped a bombshell on social media on April 2, 2018. “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,” their joint statement read.
Fans immediately assumed the announcement was nothing more than a cruel, belated April Fool’s joke, but sadly, they were wrong. And now we’re all left to wonder where the heck things went wrong. It seems like only yesterday the couple was dancing their way into each other’s hearts in the 2006 film Step Up. A 2009 wedding in Malibu, Calif. soon followed, and they welcomed their daughter, Everly, into the world in 2013. Things seemed to be going perfectly behind the scenes … or so we thought.
We’ve uncovered some clues that things were less than peachy-keen between these two. Perhaps the writing was on the wall long before they made their heartbreaking announcement. From cheating allegations to her unconventional views on marriage, here are some of the real reasons why Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum split.
It took tequila to make him commit
When Channing and Jenna met on the set of Step Up, they had both just gotten out of relationships, but she was ready to give commitment a try with her co-star. He, on the other hand, was a bit hesitant to get serious.
While chatting with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, Jenna explained that she gave Channing the freedom to date other women until he figured out whether he wanted to be with her or not. After a few days of playing the field, the former stripper went out and enjoyed a “wild tequila night” before stumbling his way to her hotel room.
Wearing nothing but a sombrero, underwear, and a pair of Ugg boots, “He said he had the chance ‘to be free’ and he couldn’t stop thinking about me,” she recalled.
It was at that moment they went from co-stars to boyfriend and girlfriend. However, now that their troubled marriage has become tabloid fodder, maybe we have to blame the tequila for things going sour. If liquid courage wasn’t involved on the night he agreed to be her bae, maybe there’s a chance these two would’ve never become an item in the first place. So, in a roundabout way, we’re totally blaming their failed marriage on the alcohol.
She started rollin’ solo
During happier times, he was the lime to her tequila. You rarely saw these two hit up an industry event solo dolo, so you can only imagine how surprised everyone was when the World of Dance host attended the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscars after-party without her guy.
Jenna still managed to turn heads while wearing a skimpy, fire engine red gown, but the press didn’t even care enough to ask, “Who are you wearing?” They were more curious as to why her beefcake spouse had been seemingly been replaced for the night by her close pal, Canadian film actress Emmanuelle Chriqui.
The Witches of East End star attempted to downplay Channing’s absence. “He is so happy to have a night off, yes,” she told Entertainment Tonight when asked if he was at home with their daughter. Chiquiri chimed in with, “I took his place tonight.”
Although we really wanted to believe Mr. Tatum was on daddy duty and far too busy to accompany his wifey to the event, this turned out to be one of the many signs that there were some major cracks in their union.
Things were far from perfect
Jenna Dewan Tatum dropped some hints that all wasn’t well in their household in various interviews, including a February 2018 piece published by Health magazine. When asked how she was able to keep her marriage solid, the actress and dancer answered, “When people say you guys have such a perfect life, I want to scream and tell them no one’s perfect.”
As hearts around the world crumbled at the mere thought of their marriage being anything but #realtionshipgoals, Jenna shoved yet another dagger deep into our chests. “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,” she said.
Come to find out, at the time the article was published, the couple may have already been living apart, but we’ll get into that in a bit because BRB, going to go cry into a tub of Ben & Jerry’s.
He wanted to knock her up, but she had different plans
A source told In Touch Weekly in October 2017 that the couple was “working on baby No. 2.” According to the insider, “Channing has been begging Jenna for years to give Everly a little brother, and Jenna is finally ready.” The source also claimed Jenna had a “limit” to the number of children she wanted, while Channing had his heart set on having “a dozen kids.”
Just a few months after that In Touch piece, Health magazine asked Jenna about their baby-making plans. “I haven’t yet made my decision,” she said, “and I’m leaving it to the universe to show me the way.” She went on to say she was “thrilled with one child,” while adding, “If the desire [for another child] comes around, it will happen, that’s the way I look at it.”
Let’s recap: Channing was supposedly down to have a football team worth of little ones, while Jenna seemed content as a family of three. Perhaps it was their mismatched ideas on expanding their family that caused their marriage to crash and burn.
How did we not see their separation announcement coming from a mile away?
She got cryptic on Instagram
The real reason for their split may be uncovered within Jenna’s Instagram feed. In the months prior to the couple’s shocking separation announcement, she made a few cryptic posts that pointed towards their marriage being in shambles
In March 2018, she shared a quote that read: “Wine is strong, a king is stronger, women are even stronger. But the truth will conquer all.” If that wasn’t ominous enough, in February of that same year, the Supergirl star posted these words: “Give it time … The weak in character always get tired of pretending. Their true colors will show.”
Her posts really have us side-eyeing this portion of their splitsville announcement: “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.”
Hmm… Jenna’s Instagram account seems to tell a different story, and it sounds like she’s itching to spill the deets about the real cause of their marriage’s demise. Go on, girl, we’re all ears.