Channing Tatum is opening up about his divorce from Jenna Dewan and his hesitation to get married again.
In a profile for Vanity Fair, published online Tuesday, the “Magic Mike” star, 42, got candid about his divorce from Dewan, saying they “fought” for their marriage “for a really long time, even though we both sort of knew that we had sort of grown apart.”
The former couple met while filming the 2006 feature “Step Up” and married in 2009. They announced their split in a joint social media statement in 2018, saying there were
“no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision.” Tatum and Dewan share a 9-year-old daughter, Everly.
“I think we told ourselves a story when we were young, and we just kept telling ourselves that story, no matter how blatantly life was telling us that we were so different. But when you’re actually parents,” Tatum told Vanity Fair, “you really understand differences between the two of you. Because it is screaming at you all day long. How you parent differently, how you look at the world, how you go through the world.”
Tatum added the initial separation “was super scary and terrifying.”
“Your life just turns on its axis,” he said. “This whole plan that you had literally just turns into sand and goes through your fingers and you’re just like, ‘Oh, shit. What now?’ “
In hindsight, Tatum said this feeling “was probably exactly what I needed” and that it motivated him “to do the work on myself.”
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The heartthrob, who’s currently dating Zoë Kravitz, said he doesn’t know if he’ll marry again. After his divorce, Tatum also dated singer Jessie J on and off for about two years, per Vanity Fair.
“Relationships are hard for me,” he said. “Even though I am a bit of a monogamist. In business, I have no real fear of anything being destroyed. But heart things, when it comes to people I love, I have a really hard time. I end up trying too hard, do you know?”
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