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LATE last year actor CHANNING TATUM whisked his wife, actress JENNA DEWAN TATUM, away for an idyllic holiday in Mexico to celebrate her birthday. The couple (both 37) left their four-yearold daughter, EVERLY, at home and let their millions of social media followers in on their revelry as they soaked up the sun. At one point Jenna posed next to an elaborate birthday message written in the sand – a sweet gesture organised by her hubby.
But just four months later the pair shocked fans by announcing their split via a shared social media post. Their seemingly carefree break in Los Cabos had, in fact, been a last-ditch attempt to save their fractured marriage.
Although they’ve been at pains to say there was no drama behind the break-up, there does appear to have been some tension – Channing wasn’t spending a huge amount of time at home.
“He left for weeks at a time for trips with friends,” a source close to Jenna told Us Weekly magazine. “Jenna wanted him to go out and do the things he wanted to do and was always supportive. But it became clear he enjoyed being away. She gave him all the space he wanted but it wasn’t good for their marriage.”
A source close to the couple told news website Page Six that time apart is indeed what ultimately ended the marriage. “Channing has been working nonstop, with four movies announced for 2018 alone. It’s hard on a marriage to be apart so much, especially when you have a young child.”
According to sources Channing’s excessive drinking was another contributing factor. The Kingsman: The Golden Circle star told GQ magazine in 2014 he believed he was an alcoholic. Then he suggested his marriage hadn’t changed his wild ways as Jenna “knew what she bought into”.
Jenna first hinted there might be trouble in paradise during an interview for Health magazine’s February edition, saying there were days when the couple “don’t really like each other”.
“When people say you guys have such a perfect life, I want to scream and tell them no one’s perfect. We fight like other couples, we disagree about things,” the Supergirl actress said.
Following their sudden announcement, fans took to social media to voice their shock. “If Channing and Jenna can’t make it who can?” one tweeted.
2006 They meet on the set of Step Up, in which they play dancers who fall in love.
98 | 2009 They wed in a romantic ceremony at Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California. 2013 Jenna debuts her baby bump on the Oscars red carpet, much to Channing’s delight. 2013 Their daughter, Everly Elizabeth Maiselle Tatum, is born in May.
2016 Jenna recreates Channing’s Magic Mike performance and gives him a lap dance on Lip Sync Battle. 2017 Their final red carpet appearance is at the premiere of War Dog: A Soldier’s Best Friend.
A day after the announcement Channing was seen sporting his wedding band while shopping with Everly.
2018 They announce their separation in this social media post.