The announcement in April that one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, were splitting up came as a complete surprise to fans who had witnessed nothing but love between the two.
The pair, who were married for nine years, haven’t discussed their separation in public, but in a new article in Harper’s BAZAAR, the World of Dance host says that the split was unrelated to their respective careers, adding that she "was always very happy being a wife."
According to Dewan, "The moves I'm making are completely not related to my marriage or separation, interestingly enough. 'Who are you? What do you want to give to the world? What excites you?' Those feelings started bubbling up for me, naturally … so I really wanted to expand my life and myself. And that was my journey, no one else's.
"[Being on my own,] I feel a sense of joy and freedom and excitement, truly, about a new chapter in my life. And I have no attachments to how that's going to look, or what that's going to be. I feel really open, and I feel hopeful."
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Dewan, 37, who made her acting debut opposite her husband in 2006's Step Up, has continued working intermittently in films and on TV. Though she says the experience has been a bit odd.
Adding that after appearing in the film, her agents insisted that she wasn't a dancer, but an actress, though she's never felt comfortable being categorized as such. "I didn't have the self-awareness to understand. I was really young. I was 26, 27, 28, around there. So I was like, 'I don't know who I am,'" she said.
Before appearing in Step Up, Dewan appeared in Janet Jackson's Doesn't Really Matter and All for You videos in 2000, and later joined the singer on her All for You Tour in 2001. Though she has made sporadic appearances in films and on TV, Dewan has primarily devoted herself to her family and to her production company, 33andOut Productions, which produced a documentary titled Earth Made of Glass, which follows current Rwandan President Paul Kagame and genocide survivor Jean-Pierre Sagahutu. The film premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
Dewan says that after separating from Tatum, she found support among her females friends. She remains close to her ex with whom she shares a daughter Everly, four. "[It’s] a new normal where there is a lot of love. We’re just getting used to it. We're in a very positive energy together, trying to be the best parents to Everly. We support each other."
She is also inspired by her daughter, who she says is "a little mirror for me," encouraging her to think more clearly and be more determined in her own life. "If she's not running her own business, or ruling the world, I have failed as a mother,” Dewan says.
Dewan, an animal rights activist and a vegan, named by PETA one of three "Sexiest Vegans" of 2017, along with actresses Ruby Rose and Maggie Q, told the LA Times, “I certainly encourage veganism, not just for our health, but for the environment and also for the ethical and moral reasons.”