A few years ago, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan were the definition of #relationshipgoals in Hollywood. The couple had been together for years and married for most of that. So, to say their eventual divorce took fans by surprise would be an understatement.
The former couple first met while filming for their movie Step Up in 2006, in which they played onscreen love interests. They began dating shortly after filming and were engaged in Hawaii in 2008. The couple married the following year at Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California. After much curiosity about their plans to expand their family, Channing and Jenna eventually welcomed their daughter, Everly, in 2013. The baby was born in London, England, despite neither of her parents being from the U.K. With Channing’s professional life booming, it truly seemed like this famous family had it all.
However, in 2018, after almost a decade of marriage, Channing and Jenna finally announced their intention to divorce. The exes didn’t give a reason for their split, but they released identical public statements confirming their commitment to their daughter. It may feel like their divorce happened only yesterday, but both actors have already moved on. Keep reading to see some of the former couple’s cutest (and rarest) moments together!
20 Channing Had A Wandering Eye
Ever since the couple announced their plans to separate, fans have been curious to know the real reason behind their divorce. After all, the couple seemed happy months before their split, so it definitely took fans by surprise.
According to one source, Channing’s wandering eye may have had something to do with their decision. Speaking to Hollywood Life, the insider said Jenna couldn’t stand how flirtatious Channing could get with other people.
“Channing is a total flirt, and that was hard for Jenna to deal with. He is funny, smart and really charming on set; whether he is talking to his cute co-stars or the production assistants, he is nice to everyone,” they said.
19 Katie Holmes May Have Come Between Them
The same source that said Channing’s wandering eye was to blame for the couple’s break-up suggested that Katie Holmes may have played a part in it, too. Shortly before the couple announced their divorce, Channing had been working on a film alongside Katie, which may have pushed Jenna to a breaking point.
“When Channing recently did a movie with Katie Holmes, it was hard for Jenna not to feel a bit jealous and insecure,” the source explained. “She would wait by the phone for Channing to call, to check in after wrapping on set, and that was stressful.”
They added, “It became impossible for her to stay married to a big personality when Jenna felt like she was always competing for her husband’s time while he was working with gorgeous women like Katie.”
18 They're Currently In A Heated Custody Battle
When the couple first split, it seemed that they were handling co-parenting well and didn’t need an official custody agreement to split time with their daughter Everly. But earlier this year, it was reported that Channing officially filed to change their custody arrangement. And evidently, things have gone sour since then.
“It’s been challenging and emotional,” a source told Us Weekly, adding that Channing wants to officially have 50/50 split custody with his ex-wife. “In my opinion and experience, Everly has appeared to adjust to our separation and living in two homes exceptionally well,” the actor stated in leaked court documents. “I believe that she will thrive even more with structure and consistency because she is happy and more relaxed when she knows a plan.”
17 And It's Impacting Their Daughter
Channing and Jenna aren’t the only ones feeling the stress of their custody battle. Recent reports say their 5-year-old daughter Everly is also beginning to be impacted by the drama.
According to Celebrity Insider, the kiddo has begun constantly asking where she will be staying each night and making her parents promise her they’ll follow through with the plan.
“Transitions for Everly during this time were not smooth because Everly did not have a consistent plan and would not know when she would next see her mom or me. I saw that this would frustrate Everly,” Channing explained in the leaked court documents.
16 They Almost Got Back Together
When Channing and Jenna first announced their plans to separate on social media, neither of them had filed for divorce yet. In addition to reports saying the couple was trying to work things out in therapy, many fans thought this could mean a reconciliation was on the horizon.
However, six months after they publicly announced their separation, Jenna finally filed for divorce in October 2018. According to The B., the actress cited irreconcilable differences when providing a reason. She also indicated that she was seeking joint legal and physical custody of their daughter in addition to spousal support. Shortly after, Channing’s lawyer also filed for joint custody.
15 They Couldn't Agree On A Divorce Settlement
Money is always the issue, right? Well, it was for Channing and Jenna when they tried to close their divorce proceedings. After it was made public that Jenna was asking for spousal support from her ex, despite being worth an estimated $20 million herself, a source said the soon-to-be exes were butting heads over money.
A source told Life and Style that Channing was pushing to have Jenna’s request completely denied, adding he was “done being nice.” “It’s pretty simple,” the insider explained. “She wants more of his millions, and he doesn’t want to give it.”
They added that Jenna felt entitled to some of Channing’s $50 million net worth because of how much she sacrificed work-wise for their family. “Jenna feels like she put her [work] on hold to start a family with Channing,” they said.
14 Jenna Moved On Right Away
It was only weeks after Jenna filed for divorce that she was spotted out and about getting cozy to a new mystery man. “He’s super handsome,” a source told Us Weekly after spotting the new couple at a Halloween party. “She was introducing him to people in the group.”
It’s since been revealed that Jenna’s new beau is actor Steve Kazee. He hasn’t been shy to reveal his feelings for the actress online. “Somehow, inexplicably, I’ve been granted the honor to have this be the person that I get to be side by side with throughout this wild journey we call life,” he once wrote in a post.
Steve added, “Jenna I don’t know what I did to deserve your love but I will always be so thankful that our lives found their way to each other.”
13 They Couldn't Decide On Having More Kids
Given how adorable their daughter Everly is, fans couldn’t wait until Channing and Jenna brought baby no. 2 into the world. Alas, that moment never happened. It appears that the question of more children could have played a factor in the couple’s eventual divorce.
Last year, only months before going public with their separation, Jenna revealed they were undecided on the subject. “I haven’t yet made my decision, and I’m leaving it to the universe to show me the way. I love the idea of another child, and it might be in the cards, but I’ll know when I know,” she told Health magazine.
“I’m so thrilled with one child. If the desire [for another child] comes around, it will happen, that’s the way I look at it,” she added.
12 Channing's Bad Habits May Have Been To Blame
Now that the couple are no more, many more details of their short-lived marriage have come to light - including the fact that Channing has a couple of bad habits. Shortly after announcing their separation, fans questioned whether the actor’s thirst played a part in their divorce.
In previous years, Channing hinted at the fact that Jenna may have had a problem with how much he enjoyed the bottle. One popular theory has suggested that Channing’s drinking may be to blame. “I probably drink too much. My wife, that's what she bought into,” he once admitted in a 2014 interview.
11 Long-Distance Also Played A Big Part
Another factor that played a part in Channing and Jenna’s divorce appears to be distance. The actor was constantly away from his young family for work obligations.
Not only was it hard for Jenna not to have the helping hand of her husband around, but it was also tough for her to watch him focus on his work when she didn’t have the time to do the same for hers.
“[Their divorce was] due to spending more time apart because of the pressure of work,” one insider explained to Page Six. “Channing has been working non-stop, with four movies announced for 2018 alone,” they went on. “It is hard on a marriage to be apart so much, especially when you have a young child.”
10 Jenna Resented Being A Stay-At-Home Mom
Another factor that may have contributed to their divorce was that Jenna resented being the parent who had to sacrifice her work for her family.
Shortly after their divorce, a source told Hollywood Life that it was difficult for Jenna to have her husband always away for work when she wasn’t able to focus on her work, since she was always home with their daughter Everly.
“His successful [work] made things really difficult for them to have a healthy relationship,” the source explained. “He was gone all the time and Jenna was often left worrying about what could have been going on at the set while she stayed home raising their daughter.”
9 Things Were Lacking In The Bedroom
Given how gorgeous Jenna and Channing are, it’s hard to imagine that the couple could keep their hands off each other when they were still together. But shortly before they announced their divorce, Jenna got candid about how tough it was finding time alone together. She says they even resorted to scheduling their adult time.
"We have not yet scheduled [bedroom fun], but we do schedule time together, so maybe that is sort of scheduling [it]," Jenna told People. "We will go away for a weekend to get time, but we have no real regimented schedule. I have friends who do this, it's on the calendar. We've never done that — it might actually be a good idea."
8 Jenna Legally Dropped Channing's Last Name
After the couple got married, Jenna hyphenated her last-name and professional started using the name Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Many fans wondered if she’d change her moniker post-divorce, and she sure did not hesitate to do so. Shortly after the actress filed for divorce, she changed her handles on social media back to her maiden name.
Although many fans commended Jenna for not being afraid of change, others said it felt too soon for her to be making such big changes online. Some fans couldn’t help but write rude comments. “That was fast. Most people are not in a hurry but it seems like she's been over it for a while,” one disgruntled follower commented.
7 They Still Spend Halloween Together
Although things have been getting particularly tense between the exes given their ongoing custody battle, they still remain committed to putting their daughter first. Even if it means celebrating holidays together!
In leaked court documents, it was revealed that Channing proposed they spend Halloweens together as a family, but split all other holidays. "[The parents] shall try to work together to try to spend Halloween together, trick or treating with Everly from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m,” the documents read.
Last Halloween, the estranged couple did manage to spend Halloween together with their daughter, so it looks like they’re making good on their promise.
6 Co-Parenting Has Been Awkward So Far
Though the exes have released multiple public statements reconfirming their commitment to co-parenting for their daughter’s sake, it sounds like things have been rough so far. According to Hollywood Life, the former couple finds it difficult to be around each other, especially when it comes to kid drop-offs.
“When Channing does come to the home to pick up and spend time with their daughter, Jenna is careful to leave quickly to avoid dealing with Channing,” a source told the publication. “She’d prefer not to see him, it’s too painful. Emotions are still pretty raw and things are difficult for the couple right now, despite how sweet they are trying to make them appear to be.”
5 Channing’s New GF Looks Identical To His Ex
Many fans were surprised when Channing went public with his first relationship post-divorce last year. Not only were fans surprised because this was his first girlfriend since Jenna, but they were also shaken up because she looked identical to his ex-wife.
The actor has been in a public relationship with U.K. singer Jessie J since last fall. Jessie sports the same square face, strong jaw, and dark, short haircut that Channing’s ex-wife is known for, and fans haven’t been able to stop pointing out the striking similarities online.
"He has described her as ‘all goodness’ and told his friends she is such ‘a super talent,’" an insider told Entertainment Tonight about Channing’s new relationship. "He seems to have become her No. 1 fan. His friends are so happy he has found someone. She is showing the same support to him.”
4 But Jenna Is Okay With It
Many fans assumed that Jenna must’ve been upset when Channing began dating her look-a-like Jessie J. However, sources have said the actress was already moved on from her divorce by the time her ex went public with his new relationship. So, it sounds like there are no hard feelings there.
“Jenna is in a really good place right now, she’s very happy and has no interest in getting back together with Channing so the news that he’s dating Jessie J isn’t upsetting for her at all,” a source explained to Hollywood Life. “Jenna is truly one of the sweetest people ever, she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body so there won’t be any drama on her end.”
3 They Were Always Arguing Toward The End
The same year that they announced their split, Jenna got candid about how much she disliked when the media made it seem like her marriage was perfect. Instead, she let fans know that she and Channing argued. A lot.
"When people say you guys have such a perfect life, I want to scream and tell them no one’s perfect," she said, Today reports. "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," she continued.
2 Jenna Couldn't Stop Crying After Their Split
After being together for a decade, many fans wondered how the two actors would cope now that they were unattached again. This past January, Jenna opened up to Cosmo about just how difficult it was to get over her divorce. Her secret? A lot of crying.
“People are like, ‘How do you get through this?’ I didn’t run away from my feelings. I let myself cry. I let myself grieve. This is one of those situations where I will see the light. The dawn is coming,” she told the publication.
“I do believe in love still, but I also believe it begins with really digging deep and learning how to love yourself,” Jenna continued. “And then I think you sort of transmute that out to attract the right partner.”
1 Channing Can't Stop Missing Jenna
Even though both Channing and Jenna have moved on with new people, it sounds like the actor may be holding out hope he and his ex-wife will reunite. According to Us Weekly, the actor has been missing Jenna like crazy since their split. “Channing definitely misses Jenna,” a source confirmed.
Another source told People, “[It has] been hard for Channing.” They continued, “He always had Jenna and their family to go home to, so having their separation be ‘official’ now has been a big adjustment for him.” The insider added Jenna was having an easier time coping thanks to her group of girlfriends.
Sources: People, Hollywood Life, E! News, Life and Style, Entertainment Tonight, Celebrity Insider, Us Weekly, Page Six, Today