Jenna Dewan Tatum and Channing Tatum announced Monday that they have decided to separate after nearly nine years of marriage.
“Hey world! So… We have something we would like to share,” Dewan and Channing wrote in a joint message shared on Instagram. “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,” they added. “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,” they continued. “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.”
The celebrity duo met during the filming of the 2006 movie “Step Up” and started dating shortly after. The “Magic Mike” star popped the question in 2008 and they tied the knot at an outdoor ceremony in Malibu, California, in July 2009.
In June 2013, the two welcomed the birth of their first child, a daughter, Everly Tatum.