By Seth Simmons | Fatherly
In a joint statement, Channing and Jenna Tatum announced that they were separating after almost nine years of marriage. “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,” it read. “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.”
The divorce announcement, gentle in tone and positive in outlook, was certainly not the first of its kind to be made on social media. But it was an example of a document nobody ever wants or expects to write, though many will, unfortunately, have to. And it was a reminder that the Internet has wormed its way into every aspect of our lives, making public many of our most private moments — even if we’re not celebrities.
It is highly recommended that divorcing couples with children get together and agree upon a narrative for the children. Most child psychologists agree that showing a unified front in that regard helps ease the transition and soften the blow. It’s refreshing to see there are some in Hollywood who are choosing to take the road less travelled when it comes to how they handle their divorce.