On Monday, April 2nd, actors Jenna Dewan Tatum and Channing Tatum announced they were splitting up via their individual Instagram accounts. The couple has been married for nine years.
Both actors, 37, share a daughter, Everly who will turn 5 in May. The two met in 2006 on the set of Step Up, where they played love interests. They married in Malibu three years later. Their last appearance together was at the Kids Choice Awards where Channing promoted his latest animated movie, Smallfoot.
Here’s their joint statement:
“So…We have something we would like to share.
First off, it feels odd that we have to share this kind of thing with everyone, but it’s a consequence of the lives we’ve chosen to lead, which we also happen to be deeply grateful for. We’re living in an incredible moment in time, but it’s also a time where truth can easily get distorted into “alternative facts” 😉 So we want to share the truth so you know that if you didn’t read it here, then it’s most certainly fiction.
“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. 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. We won’t be commenting beyond this, and we thank you all in advance for respecting our family’s privacy. Sending lots of love to everyone, Chan&Jenna.”