“I was trying to run away from what I knew Jenna was”: Real Reason Channing Tatum Didn’t Even Want to be With Jenna Dewan

The long-drawn underlying cause that seems to have destroyed Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's marriage.

"I was trying to run away from what I knew Jenna was": Real Reason Channing Tatum Didn't Even Want to be With Jenna Dewan

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  • Meeting for the first time on the set of 'Step Up' in 2006, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan immediately clicked and turned into a fan-favorite couple.
  • It wasn’t long before sparks were flying, and Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan officially became a couple in real life.
  • Their marriage fell apart in 2018, and although the duo have stated their reasons for separation from time to time, the real reason seems a little too sad.
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Meeting for the first time on the set of Step Up in 2006, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan immediately clicked and turned into a fan-favorite couple. No one could deny the flaming chemistry between the duo, onscreen. Meanwhile, Tatum and Dewan were slowly building their romance in real life.

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Channing Tatum in Dear John (2010)

Therefore, it wasn’t long before sparks were flying, and Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan officially became a couple in real life. From being co-stars to partners and then parents to their daughter Everly, Tatum and Dewan enjoyed a lasting romance, until their marriage fell apart in 2018. Although the duo have stated their reasons for separation from time to time, the real reason seems a little too sad. 

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan’s Romance

The popular hunk Channing Tatum, known for his appearance in Magic Mike, enjoyed a long-standing romance with his wife Jenna Dewan. Initially meeting on the set of their 2006 movie Step Up, Tatum and Dewan proved to have a brilliant onscreen chemistry that no one could deny. But soon, the couple started sparking romantic headlines even in real life. 

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Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan in Step Up

Soon, before their movie even premiered, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan became an item and in September 2008, they even got engaged. It seems, the couple didn’t waste any time in figuring out if they were suitable for each other, for they both clicked instantly after their first meeting on the film set. Thereafter, the duo even began planning their wedding and soon tied the knot in Malibu, in 2009.

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Tatum in a still from Bullet Train (2022)

Following their auspicious wedding in Malibu, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan welcomed their daughter four years later. In May 2013, the couple became parents to their daughter Everly and began living a fulfilling family life. However, their happy time didn’t last long, as they began facing issues while parenting their daughter. With one thing leading to another, the couple suddenly decided to split

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Separated in 2018

Just like Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan rushed into their relationship, the couple seemed to split within no time. Despite enjoying a fulfilling relationship since 2006, the duo decided to separate in 2018. Their decision of divorce came as a shock to many fans who often looked up to Tatum and Dewan’s relationship as an ideal one.

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We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. 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.” The two wrote a joint statement via X

By 2019, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan‘s divorce was finalized, and the duo separated ways amicably. Ever since then they have been co-parenting their daughter and sparked romance rumors with other celebrities. Tatum seemed to move on quickly, as he sparked headlines with Jessie J, within six months of announcing their separation. 

The Real Reason Behind the Couple’s Separation 

Over the years, having an amicable split, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan have often opened up about their divorce and expressed their own reason. Without criticizing the other person, they both have noted where they personally faced an issue in their relationship. The former couple even noted how they faced issues in parenting their daughter, in their own way. 

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Channing Tatum (L) in 21 Jump Street

However, while most reasons stated by the former couple, during different interviews seemed quite real, the true reason was apparently hinted at by Channing Tatum during his 2013 interview with Elle. Although back then, the couple were having a fine relationship, Tatum seemingly shared a secret that seems to have affected their romance. 

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I had just gotten out of a pretty long relationship, so I was in no way ready for another. I was trying to run from what I knew Jenna was — not someone I was just going to date. But one of my buddies was like, ‘What are you doing, man? She’s dope.’ That night I showed up at her hotel room with a sombrero on, and that was it.”

Confessing to running away from the thought of Jenna Dewan, Channing Tatum seems to have rushed into a relationship with the actress without giving it a proper thought. Therefore, even after years since their split, the true reason seems to be staring right at us, which appears difficult to ignore. Rushing into a relationship and forcing his love, now seems to be the worst decision ever made by Tatum, which ended up in struggles and eventually a split with Dewan, after years. 

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Written by Krittika Mukherjee

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