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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...

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.

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