Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum shocked the entertainment world when they announced their separation. After all, those two former lover bids made it no secret that they always were into each other and in a big way, too. From their red carpet appearances to their Instagram photos and even the things they said about each other in their interviews, the love and chemistry was there. But apparently it wasn’t enough to keep their marriage intact.
Now that Jenna and Channing are divorcing, a lot of people can’t help but wonder exactly what happened behind closed doors. Was it all an act? Was there something going on that people didn’t know about? Did they just grow apart? While we try to put the puzzle pieces together, there’s a chance that we might never know the real truth.
But then again, both Jenna and Channing are two Hollywood celebrities that are thirty for the spotlight. We’ve seen it from them so many times in the past. Someone is going to end up spilling the truth sooner or later. In the meantime, we’ve got 25 photos of pretty lady Jenna Dewan now that she’s a single woman.
25 Her Split From Channing
Jenna and Channing seemed like the perfect Hollywood couple. They were both fit, talented, gorgeous and totally into each other. But something must have broken the camels back because they just couldn’t make their marriage work.
“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,” they said in a statement together, according to Entertainment Online.
“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.”
24 She And Channing Led Different Lives
If we want to believe all of the “sources” out there, Jenna and Channing split up simply because they realized that they were living separate lives. Uh-huh. We’ve all heard this excuse so many times in the past, right? Too much traveling, not enough time with each other. Sure, they have busy lives but a lot of fans believe there must be something else to it, other than their complicated work schedules.
As a matter of fact, these two are still living in the same house together. “Things had turned more into a friendship between Jenna and Channing,” one insider said according to Us Weekly.
“There wasn’t any crazy drama or fighting. They were constantly traveling for work and it turned out that they were better apart and not together romantically anymore.”
23 The Rumors About Her
When you are two people who are in the public spotlight, you just have to agree with the fact that the tabloid media will start rumors about you. There’s no way you can work your way around it. And with Jenna and Channing, there were some rumors about his supposed alcohol abuse problems. A lot of people thought that it might have been why Jenna pulled the plug on their marriage. But the actress says that wasn’t the case at all.
“Happy to clarify that absolutely none of these rumors are true,” a rep for the World of Dance host told US Weekly in an exclusive statement right after their separation announcement.
“The situation is as positive as it can be. Nothing negative is going on here. They’re both incredibly mature about this. There’s nothing more really to say.”
22 She May Have Had Enough
Channing has never been shy, especially when it came to talking about his past (as a dancer) and his demons. After all, we’ve seen those photos of him getting down during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. There aren’t many parties out there that Channing would say no to. He’s also very open and transparent, especially when it comes to his vices. It was something Jenna always had to deal with, whether she liked it or not. But was it the straw that broke the camels back? That’s what fans want to know.
Channing did tell GQ in an interview back in 2014, “I probably drink too much, you know. My wife, that’s what she bought into. I’m probably a pretty high-functioning, I guess, you know, I would say, alcoholic, I guess.” That might have put a strain on their relationship.
21 The Love For Channing Is Still There
But believe it or not, the love is still there between Jenna and Channing. After all, they are parents to their toddler child. They are going to be connected to each other for life, whether they like it or not. That’s why they are playing it safe, especially when it comes to their public image and their media. They don’t want any exploitive details leaking about their marriage to the press.
According to People, Channing once had this to say about his soon-to-be ex-wife: “Jenna’s very, she’s obviously beautiful, but she really, really is as beautiful inside as she is out. She’s really real. She loves to teach people how to not come from a place of insecurity, just, you know, come from a place of love, I guess. She’s a big fairy, flower child. [She’s] a beautiful soul, a beautiful soul.”
20 They Connected On Every Level
As we mentioned above, there’s no denying that Jenna and Channing had a lot of chemistry both on the red carpets and we are guessing in other areas as well. A few times Channing has even shared some pretty alluring Instagram photos of his wife. One can only wonder what in the world happened for these two to fall apart the way they did.
Jenna told Cosmopolitan in an interview late last year, “I’ve always been a very [sensual] person. We definitely have a very happy and healthy intimate life. Something about being a dancer connects you to your physical body. It’s primal, earthy [...] You feel your body in a certain way. Channing is very much the same way. He’s very in tune with that.”
19 They Hit It Off Right Away
Heck, it didn’t even take Channing very long to tell Jenna that he wanted to be with her and only her. These two were really in it for the long haul. Did the careers get in the way? We might never know.
According to Jenna, Channing was very quick to tell her exactly what he wanted – and that was her.
In the same Cosmopolitan interview, Jenna explained, “It was two nights of being weird. We hadn’t even kissed. And then he went out partying with a bunch of dancers. His room was right above mine, and he came down with a sombrero on, banging on my door. He was like, ‘I couldn’t stop thinking about you. Let’s do this. I just want to be with you.’ From that point forward, we were together.”
18 She Kept The Family Together
While there are a lot of people that would debate Channing’s talent and rate his looks (some find him attractive, while others, not so much), he says that it was Jenna who kept their family together. She was the glue that kept everyone in one piece. Channing also credited Jenna for being the rock in their marriage.
Clearly, a lot was on her shoulders. So could it be that she just got tired of trying to hold everything in place before it fell apart? That’s what fans want to know.
Us Weekly reports Channing as saying, “She keeps us all sane. Jenna puts everything in perspective for me, always. I’ll find myself spinning out or angry or whatever, or even happy, and she always somehow ends up righting the ship.”
17 She Had Her Own Career Goals
Let’s face it: we can’t remember the last time Jenna Dewan was in a hit movie. As a matter of fact, many people can’t even recall the name of her last movie altogether. Of course, Channing’s career really wasn’t any different. Sure, he was in the Magic Mike movies, but other than that, we can’t recall any blockbuster hits that he had. With that being said, there’s a good chance that both were very frustrated with the way their careers were going and that might have had a negative impact on their marriage. At least, that’s what critics believe.
Jenna told Glamour magazine back in 2016, “Most actors and actresses are consumed by careers and getting ahead. Channing and I are ambitious, but our relationship comes first. We take everything day by day, saying, OK, how can we make this work together?'”
16 They Both Prioritize Their Daughter, Everly
If there is one thing that was supposedly holding them together, it was their toddler daughter, Everly. Jenna has always credited Channing for being an amazing, hands-on dad. But that wasn’t enough to keep these two together. Still, they are determined to work together as co-parents in the future.
According to People, Jenna had this to say on the Ellen show back in 2015:
“He’s amazing [as a dad]. He’s so sensitive. He’s like this really strong, you know, big guy, and then you give him this little baby and he’s like, ‘Oh my god! Is she going to drop? Am I doing everything OK?’ He’s like the most amazing diaper changer. It’s the one thing he knows he can do, so he’s like, ‘Let me get in there. Let me change this diaper.’“
15 Her Not So Perfect Life
When it comes to being a celebrity in the spotlight, everyone knows that you have to give the impression that your life is perfect. After all, you’ve got the money, the fame, the good looks. What could possibly be wrong? According to Jenna, plenty of things. Their perfect life was not too perfect after all.
In an interview with Health magazine, Jenna had this to say, “When people say you guys have such a perfect life, I want to scream and tell them no one’s perfect. 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.”
14 Other Hollywood Pairings and Possibilities
Now that Jenna and Channing are over, is there a possibility that they might start to date other Hollywood stars? We have a strong feeling that the answer to that question is yes.
Both Channing and Jenna know that their public image is everything. They have to be seen with the right people at the right time, everywhere they go.
Gossip blog Celeb*tchy had this to say: “It’s probably too early to put either Channing or Jenna together with any of the other recently-single people out there. But I think Angelina Jolie + Channing Tatum would be amazing. Jenna with Brad Pitt? I don’t know. That would be good for Brad’s image, but I just can’t see her doing that. Jenna with Chris Pratt?” Watch this space.
13 They Showed The World Too Much Of Their Relationship
For years a lot of people have been saying that Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan are two thirty people in a very thirty relationship. Otherwise, why would they have spent so much time talking about all the private details of their relationship? Also, they always had the “correct” things to say, especially in their interviews. Their goal was to always make headlines.
She told Redbook, “We should want equality for men and women. Men should want that too. Chan is for women’s rights and so am I. Women should have the right to be the best they can be and make their own choices for themselves. Our daughter is young, but I think as she gets older, she’s going to be all about the standard for women we keep at home — she’s going to be strong.”
12 Who Can Forget The Burn From Kristen Bell?
It’s without a doubt that this had to burn, especially for Jenna Dewan. Splitting up with your husband is hard enough, but to have other people in Hollywood weigh in on it is even harder. After Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum announced their separation, the last thing they wanted to hear was someone like Kristen Bell giving her two cents to the media. Yet, that’s exactly what happened. Kristen can’t keep her mouth shut, now can she?
Kristen Bell told E! Online, “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.”
11 She Didn’t Like The Pace Of His Career
Now, no one really knows the real reason why Jenna and Channing quit their marriage. But if you want to believe sources in the know, they say that Jenna wasn’t pleased over the pace of his career. In other words, it was going too fast while her’s was barely moving. She might have wanted to be on the same track as him, but that just wasn’t happening. Jealousy sure likes to rear its head at the worst times, right?
A tipster told Page Six, “She is troubled by his success. He was turning down jobs because of her, and they were [arguing] a lot."
"He has been filming the Lego Movie sequel and has at least four other acting projects in development, and that isn’t even his focus. He’s moving toward producing and directing.”
10 They Kept Their Separation Quiet For Months
For years, Channing has been talking about how wonderful his marriage is to Jenna and how much he adores her. Jenna did the same thing, talking nonstop about how attracted she was to him, despite being married for so long. Apparently, it was all a charade.
Jenna and Channing were split up for months before they told anyone about it. They kept their separation a secret until the timing was right.
One source close to the situation told Page Six, “Jenna always said they had to put work into their marriage to keep it alive, and while Channing is a great dad to their daughter, [Jenna] felt like he stopped wanting to work as hard on them as a married couple. This has been a long time coming. They fell out of love.”
9 She’s Focused On Her Appearance
Now that Jenna Dewan is a single Hollywood actress (not that she is going to stay single for very long), but we have a feeling that we will be seeing a different side of her on the red carpet. Sure, she’s always loved to be provocative in her photoshoots, but we have a feeling she is going to amp things up a bit. In other words, you are about to see a Jenna Dewan that you’ve never seen before. It’s not even summer yet, but prepare to see Jenna be more free and fun-loving.
“This has been a long time coming,” another insider told People after their separation announcement.
“Like any marriage, they’ve had their ups and downs over the years but they really started to grow apart within the last year.”
8 Was Channing Too Mean?
There are plenty of conflicting reports as to what happened in Jenna and Channing’s marriage. Of course, we are not pretending to know the truth or know what’s still going on. But there are some critics out there that believe Channing might have had his not so nice moments. Apparently, he made Jenna cry right before he proposed to her. Talk about an emotional rollercoaster.
Channing told Nick Grimshaw in an interview, “When I proposed to my wife I did something pretty cruel because I thought she was on to me. I basically told her I never wanted to get married to try to throw her off. I told her, ‘I don’t believe in the institution of marriage and I don’t think I ever want to get married.’ She basically broke down crying.”
7 There Were Lots Of Challenges
Let’s face it: marriage is hard work. It doesn’t matter if you have been married for six years or six minutes, there’s a lot of effort that you have to put in for a relationship to work. Jenna knows this all too well and even hinted at some issues she might have had with Channing last year.
She told Redbook in 2017, “Communication. 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 okay with the other person becoming defensive, to let them be emotional and accept that it won’t be okay for a while.”
6 Their Marriage Took Too Much Work
Apparently, Jenna Dewan was pulling in more weight than she had to when it came to their marriage. And after awhile, she was getting just too tired of having to carry so much on her shoulders. And who can blame her? Anyone in her position would eventually throw in the towel, especially if the other person wasn’t doing their fair share of the work.Plus, there was a lot of pressure to keep things exciting.
She revealed to Redbook, “I think all women should keep it exciting for themselves. People always ask, “Do you do anything to keep it fresh for your man?” I hate that question. I’m like, 'No. Why is it for your man? I do things to keep it fresh for myself.'"
Jenna is clearly all about making herself happy first.
5 Her World Of Dance Flop
Another reason why Jenna and Channing might have been having some trouble is that Jenna’s television career didn’t produce the fireworks that she was hoping to have. Even though she starred in the reality competition show World of Dance with Jennifer Lopez, the show barely made any waves. Yet, Jenna had high hopes that it would finally make her a household name. Sadly, it didn’t. And now she might not know what to do with herself.
She told Redbook, “I told them, ‘If you want Ryan Seacrest, hire Ryan Seacrest.’ I love working with dancers. If there’s a way to incorporate that, then I’m excited.” She got her way, and when the show premieres this month, she’ll mentor contestants, or as she says, be their “mama bear and backstage cheerleader.”
4 Keeping Up With Appearances
Keeping up appearances is hard, regardless of who you are. No one wants to air their dirty laundry in public and honestly, they shouldn't either. But for Jenna and Channing, it was getting increasingly difficult for them to pretend that all was ok, even when it wasn’t. In fact, it was becoming hard work for them.
In the same Health magazine interview, Jenna explained, “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.”
3 There Was An Emotional Distance
Sure, Jenna and Channing were physically very close. We know that considering that they talked about it so much. But according to Jenna, there might have been some emotional distance. The more they tried to talk about their feelings, the more difficult it got. It’s an issue that a lot of couples can relate to and one that Jenna and Channing had difficulty with as the years progressed.
While The Daily Mail reported that their last vacation seemed to be peaceful and idyllic, perhaps it was an effort to save a marriage that was on the decline. While we can never know, we can assume that the two simply grew apart and maybe were moving in different directions in life, and there is nothing wrong with that.
2 Has Channing Bounced With Amber Heard?
Well, that sure didn’t take too long. Jenna and Channing have only been separated for one hot minute and there are new reports indicating that the actor might have moved on with actress Amber Heard. At least, that’s what the tabloid media wants us to believe. According to the latest issue of NW, Amber is wasting no time getting to know Channing a little better, if you know what we mean.
NW magazine reports, “After [Amber] got wind that his marriage was on the rocks, she started blowing up his phone and asking him out.”
Now, neither Channing nor Amber have denied the reports, but we don’t see Channing moving on so quickly. I mean, just looking at these photos of Jenna, there’s no way he can forget her THAT fast.
1 What’s Next For Jenna Dewan?
Now, no one knows what’s really next for Jenna Dewan, but what we do know is that this girl won’t be single very long. Sorry Channing, but we have a feeling that you might be regretting this decision down the road.
Jenna has a lot going for her and we have a feeling that this is only the beginning. Now that she’ll have more time to focus on herself, she’ll get what she needs to get done.
Watch this space. According to Brainy Quotes, Jenna once said in an interview, “In general, for me, a big thing in my life has been just sort of learning what true self-esteem is and what true positive self-image is. And being a dancer, and growing up in that world, you're so focused on yourself, and you're so focused on achieving goals, on finding perfection, and working on your craft.”