Back in April, Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum announced that they were separating after nearly nine years of marriage—and they did so in one of the nicest break-up statements ever: “Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love each other, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now,” the couple wrote in joint social media messages. Now, the split is one step closer to becoming official: Dewan filed for divorced this week in Los Angeles, citing “irreconcilable difference.”
The Blast reportedly obtained documents filed by Dewan’s attorney Samantha Spector. In them, Dewan has allegedly asked for joint legal and physical custody of their daughter, Everly Elizabeth Maiselle Tatum, in addition to child and spousal support. She’s also requested to have her named officially changed to Jenna Dewan. The outlet says it also had Tatum’s response, in which he has also asked for joint custody.
The news comes just a few weeks after media outlets reported that Tatum was seeing British singer Jessie J, after they had been spotted out and about together in Seattle and Salt Lake City. “It’s new, casual, and they’re having fun together,” a source told US Weekly.
Dewan, who met Tatum when the two of them starred in the dance drama Step Up, has been open about the separation, telling Women’s Health in a recent interview that the way it has unfolded in the public view has been “challenging.”
“I feel I’ve been on a wave of growth. It does look different; it’s a new normal, and I really think we’ll get used to that. It’s always challenging to go through a big change and have the whole world have an opinion about it,” she told the magazine.
When they first announced the split, the couple insisted that there were “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,” they said.