Channing Tatum is Getting Divorced, and the Internet Has Exploded

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan
[Credit: Instagram/Channingtatum]

The internet reacted to Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan’s announcement of their separation Monday with equal parts despair and opportunistic glee. The couple, who met on the set of Step Up and were married for nine years, announced the news on Instagram in a carefully worded affirmation of their continued love and respect for one another.

“We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple,” the post on Tatum’s Instagram reads. “[. . .] 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. 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.”

The reaction online has been equal parts “love is dead” and “now’s my chance!” Clearly, while some have seen their #relationshipgoals crumble before their eyes, others are enjoying the idea of living in a world in which Tatum and Dewan are single.

Most people, however, seem to be leaning towards despair despair. After all, if the two best dance partners in Hollywood can’t make it work, what hope is there for the rest of us?

Even other celebrities seem to be shaken by this one:

Some have taken this opportunity to send thoughts and prayers to other celebrity dream-couples.

And then there are also those who see this as an opportunity . . . to make puns.

And then, perhaps in the minority, are those who were never on the Tatum train to begin with.

The news of any separation is sad, but perhaps the main lesson to come out of all of this particular breakup is that while love may die, zingy one-liners will go on. In an unpredictable world, comedy and social media may be the only truly indestructible couple . . . and we’re ok with that.