Matrimonial bonds don't last long in the entertainment industry, and it is a sad day when a marriage of nearly a decade falls apart.
The 37-year-old award-winning actor, Channing Tatum, and his wife, Jenna Dewan, 37, announced on April 3, 2018, that they are separating after nine years of marriage.
As reported by People, the couple met in 2006 on the set of Step Up. Tatum portrayed the lead role of Tyler Gage, and Dewan was cast as Nora Clark.
The star couple started dating shortly after the movie was released. They became engaged in 2008 and exchanged vows a year later, on July 11, 2009, at a vineyard in Malibu.
The duo welcomed their daughter, Everly Elizabeth Maiselle Tatum, on May 31, 2013. Despite their split, they vowed to 'always be loving, dedicated parents to Everly.'
Tatum and Dewan shared a joint statement with their 16.4 million followers on April 3, 2018. The post had been viewed 870,000 times and received 80,000 comments in less than 10 hours.
They chose to share the news publicly because 'truth can easily get distorted into alternative facts,' and the couple wanted to make sure their fans have the correct information.
Tatum explained that he and Dewan 'have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple.' He added that they enjoyed a magical journey together and that they still love each other.
'Love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now. There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision.'
Channing Tatum, Instagram, April 3, 2018.
Tatum also assured his fans that they are still best friends who realized it was time to go separate ways. They will support each other to 'live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible.'
He also asked that fans respect their privacy during this time, and ended by saying that neither one of them will 'be commenting beyond this.'
Fans of Tatum can look forward to his upcoming projects. America: The Motion Picture is in pre-production. He is also filming The Lego Movie Sequel, which will be released in 2019.