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?
If Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan's marriage can't survive after she gave him a Magic Mike strip tease to Pony on national television, then I have lost all faith in love.
— Zana Huber (@zanahuber) April 3, 2018
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan are breaking up. Please respect my privacy during this difficult time.
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) April 3, 2018
ME: I don’t care about celebrities’ lives. That’s their business.
YOU: Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan broke up.
— Justin Kirkland (@justinkirkland4) April 3, 2018
Even other celebrities seem to be shaken by this one:
I’m not one to normally care about celebrity couples but Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan splitting up has left me with no faith in love at all… pic.twitter.com/WgSs0YPJ7y
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) April 3, 2018
Some have taken this opportunity to send thoughts and prayers to other celebrity dream-couples.
Since Channing Tatum and Jenna confirmed their split. Lord, please protect at all cost these couples:
Ashton and Mila Kunis
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
David and Victoria Beckham
Adam Levine and Behati
Of course, our parents too. 🙈
— Neil Jed Castro (@neiljedthegreat) April 3, 2018
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie 💔
Chris Pratt & Anna Faris 💔
Josh Duhamel & Fergie 💔
Now, Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan 💔😭
Ashton Krutcher&Mila Kunis
Ryan Reynolds&Blake Lively, please be strooooooong
— Yani 💋 (@iannytabale) April 3, 2018
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 devils greatest trick was convincing you all that Channing Tatum was hot.
— Jasmine Sha-Ree Sanders (@JasMoneyRecords) April 3, 2018
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.