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Channing Tatum Remembers How Terrified He Was After Painful Jenna Dewan Divorce

After meeting on the set of their 2006 movie Step Up, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan got married in 2009 and then welcomed a daughter together in 2013. They appeared to be well on their way to building a perfect little family.

But then in 2018, they shocked everyone by announcing their decision to separate. They filed for a divorce later that year and it became official in 2019. And while it was a shock to their fans, we have to imagine it was even more of a shock to Tatum and Dewan, who had been together for over 10 years.

During a recent Vanity Fair cover story, Tatum talked about the painful divorce. He admits they were struggling for a long time and kept trying to live off the fumes of the beginning of their relationship.

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, 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.

But even though he knew the divorce was needed, he was still terrified of going through life without a partner.

In the beginning, it was super scary and terrifying. Your life just turns on its axis. This whole plan that you had literally just turns into sand and goes through your fingers and you’re just like, ‘Oh, s–t. What now?’

Thankfully though, it all worked out in the end. The time alone allowed Tatum to really work on himself and correct certain behaviors. He also spent a lot of time with his daughter. He explained how he dropped everything and just focused on his parenting.

And it was truly the best possible thing that I ever could have done. Because in the alone time that I have with just me and her, we’ve become best friends.

These days, Tatum is dating Zoe Kravitz. They’ve been together for a hot minute now, but Tatum says he doesn’t think he’ll ever get married again. So let’s hope Kravitz ain’t holding out for a ring.