Wednesday 20 June 2018

Anatomy of a celebrity split: Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan Tatum

Channing Tatum (L) and Jenna Dewan Tatum attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Channing Tatum (L) and Jenna Dewan Tatum attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Channing Tatum (L) and his wife Jenna Dewan Tatum arrive at the premiere of Amazon's "Comrade Detective" at the Arclight Theatre on August 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Channing Tatum (L) and actress Jenna Dewan arrive at the special screening of "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra" held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(L-R) US actor Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan arrive for the European premiere of Magic Mike XXL in central London
Channing Tatum (L) and Actress Jenna Dewan arrive at the Stone Rose Lounge and Simon LA preview at the newly renovated Sofitel LA Hotel on June 21, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images for Sofitel)
Jenna Dewan Tatum attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 90th Academy Awards at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on March 04, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIXJEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

It’s easy to forget sometimes that celebrities are people too – sure, they’re a more privileged, wealthier, more beautiful bunch, but people nonetheless.

And people change: they evolve and their lives move beyond the pages of tabloid magazines and airbrushed photoshoots and with that blurred line of fantasy vs reality comes our fascination into what causes a break-up between two people you become emotionally attached to, despite them being perfect strangers.

When people like Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum announce their decision to “lovingly separate”, immediately declarations like “love is dead!” is declared hourly, and rarely will both parties make it out unscathed in the court of public opinion.

Last year, when Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced their separation, much to the chagrin of fans and internet writers everywhere, every sentence of their joint statement was analysed and Faris later said the social media scrutiny made the already painful split even harder - they had enjoyed an elevated status as two of the ‘good guys’ in Hollywood.

Jenna Dewan Tatum attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 90th Academy Awards at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on March 04, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIXJEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images
Jenna Dewan Tatum attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 90th Academy Awards at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on March 04, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIXJEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images

When these announcements seemingly come out of nowhere, the initial sympathy can turn sour quickly – fans feel short-changed, as if they bought into a construct that wasn't real.

But the signs were there for those super sleuths who spotted the same common denominators that all high profile couples feature in the months leading up to their split.

Firstly, there was the fact that Jenna attended the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party solo, a move which she said was down to the fact that Channing was on “daddy duty”. Celebrity followers weren’t buying it, and neither were entertainment publications – less than a month later, People had the exclusive about their break-up.

Then, there was the overly blubbering praise being heaped on one another. In December, Channing shared a black and white portrait of his wife, with a lengthy caption complimenting her and likening her growth as “something they only write about in books of fairytale and magic”.

“This creature is one more year beautiful. The transformation she invoked this year has been something they only write about in books of fairytale and magic. Your strength and grace ever-evolving,” he wrote. “By doing so you make everything around you grow - everything. And I am so very grateful for your lessons. Happy life day my love.”

And like the golden couples before them, she was well aware of the expectation of perfection put on them by fans, they had become a victim of the narrative they created through their continuously gushing interviews (Channing once described his wife as his “counterweight in life”) and their now infamous joint appearance on Lip Sync Battle in 2016 made them seem like a genuinely fun couple.

Channing Tatum (L) and Actress Jenna Dewan arrive at the Stone Rose Lounge and Simon LA preview at the newly renovated Sofitel LA Hotel on June 21, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images for Sofitel)
Channing Tatum (L) and Actress Jenna Dewan arrive at the Stone Rose Lounge and Simon LA preview at the newly renovated Sofitel LA Hotel on June 21, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images for Sofitel)

But Jenna’s latest interview, out this month, with Health magazine, provided some foreshadowing of what was to come.

 “When people say you guys have such a perfect life, I want to scream and tell them no one’s perfect,” Jenna told Health magazine in February.

“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.

“But 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,” she continued. “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.”

On Sunday, the mother-of-one was pictured wearing her wedding band still and now the watch begins as to who will take theirs off first, publicly at least, as a feeding frenzy of paparazzi activity commences over the coming months.

Just ask Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston, Aniston has virtually gone to ground, already overfamiliar with tabloid media’s obsession with her personal life, Theroux has already been linked to Petra Collins, Olivia Munn (she said on Instagram there’s no truth to the story) and he was pictured with former Parks and Recreation co-star Aubrey Plaza. They've been broken up for six weeks.

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum attending the World Premiere of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, at Cineworld in Leicester Square, London. Picture Date: Monday 18 September. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum attending the World Premiere of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, at Cineworld in Leicester Square, London. Picture Date: Monday 18 September. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Earlier this year, footage of their audition for 2006’s Step Up was released and the chemistry was palpable – they were adorable, talented and drop dead gorgeous, both on the brink of worldwide fame with an Oscar nomination and blockbuster action career in Channing’s near future. Jenna’s career has been solid hosting tv show World of Dance, but her husband’s rise to fame has been stratospheric.

When asked by Howard Stern in 2015 about temptations outside his marriage, Channing said he’d sown plenty of wild oats when he worked as a stripper before making it big in Hollywood.

"The temptation really isn't, I think, an aspect.. And I don't really know how to describe that, other than if you keep the line taut between you and your lover, the person you devoted your life to, that doesn't have any room to squeak in. I lived a crazy life before… I've had long term relationships, then really crazy play in between, and then a long relationship...

"Once I've sort of made the decision [to commit], it doesn't ever really become a thing."

One thing is certain – they’re committed to their four-year-old daughter Everly, with both proudly sharing pictures of their painted faces at the hands of their creative child.

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