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Jenna Dewan Tatum Once Called Marriage to Channing Tatum ‘Constant Balancing Act’ (Exclusive)

It wasn’t always smooth sailing. Jenna Dewan Tatum spoke candidly about her relationship with Channing Tatum in September 2017, revealing that the now separated couple had to work hard to keep their romance alive.

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“Oh goodness, do I have any [relationship] tips? I don’t know if I have tips other than it’s a constant balancing act and making time for each other,” the Witches of East End alum, 37, exclusively told Us Weekly at the time. “I sort of look at it like a scale. I’m like, ‘OK, I’ve been working a lot. I need to spend time with my family.’ Constantly [thinking that], it never ends. It’s why women are going and should be running the world, because we have to do so much and it’s a constant balancing act in your brain.”

The World of Dance host added that she and the Magic Mike star, 37, didn’t have a secret to keeping the spark in their marriage alive. “If there’s a secret, I don’t want to know it. Because I think if I knew it then I’d put too much thought into it.” she explained. “I think we just care about things other than what our job and career is and that keeps a sense of groundedness and I believe in the divinity of life and I believe in the flow and as long as you’re aligning in that way, it works. I don’t know, dance parties?”

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum at the 22nd Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala held at The Globe Theatre in 2016. BACKGRID

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The pair, who fell in love while shooting their 2006 flick Step Up, announced their split via a joint statement on Monday, April 2. “We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. We fell in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together,” the former couple, who tied the knot in 2009, said. “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.”

They noted: “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. We are still a family and will always be loving parents to Everly. We won’t be commenting beyond this, and we thank you all in advance for respecting our family’s privacy.”

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The 21 Jump Street actor and the Take the Lead actress were last seen together at the 2018 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on March 24. They share a 4-year-old daughter, Everly.

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