New Details About The Reasons Why Channing Tatum And Jenna Dewan Are Getting Divorced — Including Why It's Been 'A Long Time Coming'

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They announced their split on Instagram.

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum announced that they were separating after nine years of marriage and getting a divorce. 

The long-time couple posted on Instagram today a joint statement and called their breakup a decision they've "lovingly chosen."

"Hey world! 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."

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"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."

The actors, who are both 37, have one child together, a daughter named Everly who turns 5 in May. 

"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," the statement ends. "Sending lots of love to everyone, Chan&Jenna." 

Rumors of the couple's separation began earlier this year when Dewan attended the annual Vanity Fair Oscars after-party alone. She told ET  that Tatum was watching Everly and she was "so happy to have the night off." 

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Though they just announced their split, a source says the couple has been separated for months. Channing has long been moved out of the L.A. home they shared. 

This has been a long time coming,” one insider says. “Like any marriage, they’ve had their ups and downs over the years but they really started to grow apart within the last year.”

In February, Jenna opened up about their relationship and the perception that they had a "perfect" life. 

“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.”

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between. Every Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. you can ask her any and all questions about self-love, dating, and relationships LIVE on YourTango’s Facebook page. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz). 

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