Jenna Dewan Defends Channing Tatum Following Distorted Interview

Catherine DiMeglio
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Jenna Dewan set the record straight following the drama that ensued over the weekend about ex-husband Channing Tatum. She made headlines this week after commenting on her experiences following childbirth. The former World of Dance host was quick to defend Tatum after some outlets portrayed him as an absentee dad.


Dewan’s Comments on the Dear Gabby Podcast

On the Dear Gabby podcast, Dewan shared her experiences with postpartum anxiety. On the show, she shared that it was difficult caring for her newborn daughter, Everly, without Tatum by her side. The Step Up star explained that her ex-husband was absent for periods of time following Everly’s birth due to a busy work schedule. Dewan shared that she did most of her traveling for work alone with her infant.

“That was really hard because it was long hours,” Dewan said on the podcast. “I did have her on set with me constantly. It was just really difficult, and I had a lot of postpartum anxiety I would say. It was like, I just never stopped. You know, you’re up a couple times in the night and then you’re working all day. I was breastfeeding, I was pumping, I was without a partner, I mean it was just craziness.”

This commentary sent the media into a frenzy. A variety of news publications distorted the narrative surrounding the actress’s experience as a new mother. They labeled Dewan’s ex-husband as an absentee husband and father. She expressed her disappointment with the press for twisting the conversation on a woman’s perspective while dealing with postpartum issues.


Channing Tatum Defended on Social Media

After the madness unfolded, Dewan was quick to defend Tatum on social media. In a Tweet, she explains how she would never slam her father’s daughter.

“As two working parents, we both faced challenges at the time, but I speak only for myself and not about him,” she Tweeted. “Anyone who actually listens to the interview, something I encourage everyone to do, will clearly see that my words have been distorted for clicks and to push false, salacious gossip with no regard for the actual people involved, or the message intended.”

At the time of their daughter’s birth, the then-couple were residing in London. There, Tatum was working on his film Jupiter Ascending. Six weeks later, Dewan took her travels to Canada for a job of her own.


The couple first met while on set of the 2006 dance film, Step Up. They were married for ten years before calling it quits. In 2020, Dewan got engaged to Steve Kazee with whom she shares son, Callum.

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