After nine years of marriage and one daughter, the couple has announced that they are planning on going their separate ways. The news came out yesterday much to the sadness of fans everywhere. The couple met on the set of their 2006 movie, Step Up. They started dating a short time after the movie finished filming and then they got married in 2009. Jenna gave birth to Everly, their daughter, who is turning five this year.
The couple released a joint statement on their individual Instagram accounts that said there was no scandal or terrible even that led to the demise of their marriage. The statement was sweet and stated that the couple decided that they wanted to lovingly part ways.
So…We have something we would like to share.
First off, it feels odd that we have to share this kind of thing with everyone, but it’s a consequence of the lives we’ve chosen to lead, which we also happen to be deeply grateful for. We’re living in an incredible moment in time, but it’s also a time where truth can easily get distorted into “alternative facts” ? So we want to share the truth so you know that if you didn’t read it here then it’s most certainly fiction.
We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. 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. There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision — just two best-friends realizing it’s time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible. We are still a family and will always be loving dedicated parents to Everly. We won’t be commenting beyond this, and we thank you all in advance for respecting our family’s privacy. Sending lots of love to everyone, Chan&Jenna.”
Jenna did say in her last interview before the news of the split that it was difficult that everyone thought that both her and Channing had the perfect marriage. During her interview with Health Magazine for the March issue, Jenna opened up about her marriage. Jenna talked about how she feels like she never gets time for herself because of the demands of her family and career. The most telling quote in the whole interview gives some major foreshadowing into the future demise of this marriage. Jenna said, “When people say you guys have such a perfect life, I want to scream and tell them no one’s perfect. I think there are such things as great fits. It is a great fit as long as you are growing together, and I think up until this point we’ve really grown together. Even if one starts to grow, the other catches up and vice versa. But I think a couple needs to be conscious and to want to do the work and be willing to look at the parts of you that need work. Both of us have been pretty aware and willing to do that. We’ve always had the same values. But we’re not perfect! Are you kidding? We fight like other couples, we disagree about things, we have days where we don’t really like each other.”
The couple has not made an additional statement, but like most people in the world we are devastated over this last celeb couple splitting up.