Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's Unexpected Split: Inside Their Love Story Gone Wrong [a must read]

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan
Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan Tatum, one of the most squee-inducing couples in Hollywood, have separated after almost nine years of marriage and one child together, 4 1/2-year-old daughter Everly.

They broke the news themselves, both sharing a statement on social media that read in part, "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. 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."
To be honest, this one's a bit of a headscratcher. You let Hollywood's hottest couples alone for two minutes and they up and separate on you after piling on the evidence that they were, at least, as compatible as ever. Still a good fit, if you will.
"When people say you guys have such a perfect life, I want to scream and tell them no one's perfect," Jenna just said in the March 2018 issue of Health. "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."
Insisting that they weren't on cloud nine every second of the day wasn't necessarily a reason to sound the alarm. A crack in the facade doesn't mean there's a crack in the foundation. But when Dewan Tatum attended the Vanity Fair Oscar party without him (and with BFF Emanuelle Chriqui) last month, the A-list extravaganza usually a must-do date night for the couple, it prompted some far-reaches-of-the-Internet speculation of trouble in paradise.
Chatting with Entertainment Tonight, Jenna didn't reveal where her husband was, but emphasized that he was not at Jay-Z and Beyoncé's storied after-party without her when that scenario was randomly suggested by the interviewer. She was no more inclined to talk about him when E! News caught up with her at the iHeart Music Awards the following weekend. Tatum was working, she said.
Meanwhile, even if that fairly innocuous Health interview was given weeks before the story was published Feb. 6, Dewan Tatum (soon to be Dewan again?) still sounded eager to put the idea of "perfect" to rest.
"I despise the word 'perfect,'" she said. About the importance of growing together in a marriage, she continued, "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? We fight like other couples, we disagree about things, we have days where we don't really like each other."
Naturally, it's impossible to keep the honeymoon period alive for the duration of a marriage.
A month after they tied the knot on July 11, 2009, at the Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, Channing Tatum told People he was "as happy as I possibly can be on the planet right now."
He added, "We've been together, and nothing's really changed. It's pretty much the same as I've felt every day since I met her—and that's just about perfect."
They had met and fallen in love several years beforehand while co-starring in the campy, girl-meets-bad-boy, dance romance Step Up, which has doubled over the years as a watch-on-repeat fan-favorite film and a cinematic chronicle of their meet-cute story.
Jenna Dewan Tatum's career was booming on the small screen, meanwhile, with her scoring roles in American Horror Story: Asylum and Super Girl and starring in her own series, Witches of East End, on Lifetime. Her dancing resume makes her a familiar presence on all the TV dance competitions and last year she hosted the inaugural season of ABC's World of Dance.

But at the end of the day, she was dealing with marriage, motherhood, her own career and her husband turning into one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
"I think it's important to be conscious about giving everyone equal attention," Dewan Tatum told People in 2016. "I'll think, 'OK, I've been with my daughter a lot, so Channing and I need a date night...Some days I am better at it than others, but I just try to figure it out. Like everyone else! But I do think it's important to consciously think about it."
"None of this is easy but at the same time it's everything I would have ever wanted," Tatum told People in 2015. But becoming a husband and father, "it really made things super clear," he added.
He told Howard Stern around that time, "Having a daughter has helped me [rein in his work obligations]. You look at time. I only have so much time on this earth and I have to be able to look at her at some point and go 'this was worth me taking time away out of our lives together,' and other than that, just do really great stuff that almost doesn't matter about the box office and stuff like that."
Asked how he and his wife managed jealousy and the inevitable temptation that comes with being famous and being in close quarters with other members of the opposite sex, Tatum said that really hadn't been his experience since he and Jenna got together.
"The temptation really isn't, I think, an aspect," he said in 2015. "And I don't really know how to describe that, other than if you keep the line taut between you and your lover, the person you devoted your life to, that doesn't have any room to squeak in. I lived a crazy life before [back in his stripper days]… I've had long term relationships, then really crazy play in between, and then a long relationship...
"Once I've sort of made the decision [to commit], it doesn't ever really become a thing."
Of course the subject came up again, and he insisted temptation wasn't an issue for him, not least because his wife would even "know if I woke up and had dreams...She's like, 'what's up, what's wrong?'" But overall, "she just knows how to keep me there and present with her."

More recently it appears that they've been fully present for their daughter, with Tatum posting on March 18 a pic of himself with Jenna after Everly had practiced her face-painting skills on Mom and Dad.
"This is what it looks like when a little tyrant fairy artist holds you down and makes your face look 'better,'" he wrote. Jenna showed off some shots of Everly's handiwork on her Instagram story along with a pic of Channing and the child in their backyard pool.
On March 26, they didn't do red carpet together but Jenna brought Everly to the Kids' Choice Awards to watch her dad get pummeled with snowballs and introduce a clip from his animated movie Smallfoot.
Tatum last paid social media tribute to his wife the day after Dewan's 37th birthday in December.
"This creature is one more year beautiful," he captioned a black and white portrait of her that he took himself. "The transformation she invoked this year has been something they only write about in books of fairytale and magic. Your strength and grace ever evolving. By doing so you make everything around you grow- everything. And i am so very grateful for your lessons. Happy life day my love. #leica."