DIVORCE TURNS UGLY
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan file official court papers — and gear up for a major fight over his $50 million fortune.
For a split announcement, it was supersweet. In fact, when Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan announced the end of their nearly nineyear marriage back in early April, many believed they might reconcile. “We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple,” they said. “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.”
Seven months later, Channing and Jenna’s “adventure” has taken a turn. On Oct. 26, Jenna, 37, officially filed for divorce. Besides asking for child support for their daughter, Everly, 5, she also requested spousal support. But Channing, 38, is pushing back, asking that her right to spousal support be terminated. “It’s pretty simple. She wants more of his millions, and he doesn’t want to give it,” says an insider. “They’re done being nice. They’re butting heads over money.”
SHE LEFT HER JOB
And there’s a lot of money at stake. Channing
is worth $50 million, and Jenna believes she’s entitled to a significant portion. “Jenna feels like she put her career on hold to start a family with Channing,” the insider explains. But Channing doesn’t see it that way. Worth $20 million in her own right, Jenna has taken high-profile jobs during their marriage — including a lucrative stint as host of World of Dance that she recently walked away from. “He says Jenna can make her own money easily,” the insider says. “He says her decision to not come back for another season of World of Dance is suspicious, and
feels like a ploy to get more out of him.”
Ploy or no ploy, Jenna has every right to demand alimony, says family law attorney Goldie Schon. “Channing is the higher income earner,” she explains. “Her argument would be, ‘ We were living in the lifestyle of people who have $50 million as opposed to $20 million,’ and the purpose of spousal support is to maintain that lifestyle.” For now, they’re both gearing up for a major legal battle. “Jenna wants to get paid,” the insider says, “but Channing is not going to give her everything she wants.”
Though a source says Channing “blames himself” for not doing more to make the marriage work, he’s not giving in to Jenna’s demands. “The split is bringing out the worst in both of them,” says an insider. In court papers filed in LA on Oct. 26, Jenna requests spousal support while Channing asks a judge to deny her that right.
Jenna is determined to get what she feels she deserves from Channing. “She says she can’t let her emotions get in the way,” says a source. “At the end of the day she knows he’s got to pay.” She’s Digging In