Everything Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Have Said About Love and Sex Before Their Split
ON NOT BEING THE 'PERFECT' COUPLE
In a 2018 interview with Health, Jenna weighed in on the perception that she and husband Channing have a "perfect life," saying instead that they work hard to keep their relationship going.
"When people say you guys have such a perfect life, I want to scream and tell them no one's perfect. I think there are such things as great fits," the actress and pro dancer told the magazine. "It is a great fit as long as you are growing together, and I think up until this point we've really grown together. Even if one starts to grow, the other catches up and vice versa."
She continued: "But I think a couple needs to be conscious and to want to do the work and be willing to look at the parts of you that need work. Both of us have been pretty aware and willing to do that. 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."
ON TELLING JENNA ABOUT HIS STRIPPER PAST
"I think it was one of the very first dinners we ever had together," the actor told Entertainment Tonight of the moment he told his now-wife about his stint as a stripper. "I don't know. I'm not shy about it. She was just like, 'What?' She needed to know just like everybody."
As for how Jenna reacted? "Weirdly enough, girls ask less questions then guys do," Channing recalled. "Guys want to know everything about it like, what how much? When? Were you naked?"
ON CHANNING'S PROPOSAL
“When I proposed to my wife I did something pretty cruel because I thought she was on to me. I basically told her I never wanted to get married to try to throw her off,” the Logan Lucky actor recalled while speaking with BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw. “I told her, ‘I don’t believe in the institution of marriage and I don’t think I ever want to get married.’ She basically broke down crying,” the actor continued. “I thought, ‘This is not going well at all’ so I had to propose to her sooner rather than later.”
ON THEIR LIVELY SEX LIFE
Despite having been married for almost a decade, there were no sexual slumps in the bedroom for Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum. "We are not sex schedulers — not yet! Give us a couple more years. Maybe with child number two," the dancer-actress told Redbook.
ON GROWING EMOTIONALLY AS A COUPLE
"You change when you're together from 25 to 35. I think maybe in my early 20s, I might have tiptoed around issues or didn't want to make too many waves," Jenna said. "Now it's like, 'This is how I'm feeling.' You have to be okay with the other person becoming defensive, to let them be emotional and accept that it won’t be okay for a while."
ON JENNA'S NAPPING UNIFORM
In a sizzling moment, Channing documented his wife's nude napping sesh on Instagram with the caption: "Nap time = The Best Time."
ON THEIR 'HAPPY AND HEALTHY' SEX LIFE
"We definitely have a very happy and healthy [sex life]," Jenna told Cosmopolitan. "... I've always been a very sexual person," the actress added: "Something about being a dancer connects you to your physical body. It's primal, earthy, sexual energy by nature. You feel your body in a certain way."
She also said that "Channing is very much the same way. He's very in tune with that."
ON HOW JENNA MAKES CHANNING BETTER
"She keeps us all sane. Jenna puts everything in perspective for me, always," Channing told reporters at the Foxcatcher New York City premiere. "I'll find myself spinning out or angry or whatever, or even happy, and she always somehow ends up righting the ship."
ON COMMUNICATION IN THE BEDROOM
"We get down. Me and Jenna have a great sex life," Channing told Cosmopolitan. "We communicate very well."
ON THE MOMENT THEY BECAME OFFICIAL
Despite instant attraction, the romance took some time to develop while they were filming Step Up. In fact, Jenna told Cosmopolitan they tip-toed around their feelings: "It was two nights of being weird."
She continued: "We hadn't even kissed. And then he went out partying with a bunch of dancers," she recalled. "His room was right above mine, and he came down drunk with a sombrero on, banging on my door."
Jenna revealed that she had previously told the hunky star he didn't seem ready to begin a new romance, but on that night, "He was like, 'I couldn't stop thinking about you. Let's do this. I just want to be with you.' From that point forward, we were together."
ON CHANNING AS A DAD
"He's amazing [as a dad]," Jenna told Ellen DeGeneres about her husband's relationship with their daughter, Everly. "He's so sensitive. He's like this really strong, you know, big guy, and then you give him this little baby and he's like, 'Oh my god! Is she going to drop? Am I doing everything OK?' He's like the most amazing diaper changer. It's the one thing he knows he can do, so he's like, 'Let me get in there. Let me change this diaper.' "
ON JENNA BECOMING A MOTHER
"Watching her in those first days transform into a mother was life-changing. She was every bit the beautiful, sexy, funny, flawed creature I fell in love with," Channing wrote in an ultra-romantic Instagram post, honoring his wife on Mother's Day. "But the prism turned and showed a whole new light that I had no idea existed, the light of a mother's love. Thank you for that baby."
ON WHO JENNA REALLY IS
"Jenna's very, she's obviously beautiful, but she really, really is as beautiful inside as she is out," Channing said during a Step Up press conference. "She's really real. She loves to teach people how to not come from a place of insecurity, just, you know, come from a place of love, I guess. She's a big fairy, flower child. [She's] a beautiful soul, a beautiful soul."
ON THEIR VERY ATHLETIC SEX LIFE
In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Channing confirmed what we all already suspected: He very much enjoys sex. "I like it," he said. "Me and sex are friends." He went on to describe sex with his wife, Jenna, saying, "I just lay there ... She's really athletic. We get down. We have a great sex life. We communicate very well."
ON PUTTING EACH OTHER FIRST
"Most actors and actresses are consumed by careers and getting ahead. Channing and I are ambitious, but our relationship comes first," Jenna told Glamour. "We take everything day by day, saying, OK, how can we make this work together?'"