Jenna Dewan got candid about feeling “gutted” over her breakup with Channing Tatum

It came as a shock to many of us when Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum, one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples, announced their split after nine years of marriage. They called it quits in April 2018, officially filed for divorce six months later, and have since both moved on to different relationships. However, the actress spoke candidly about how “gutted” she was after her breakup with the Magic Mike star.

In a new interview with People, to promote her upcoming book Gracefully You: How to Live Your Best Life Every Day, Dewan opened up about her experience and revealed that she really struggled with her separation from Tatum at first.

“I was just gutted. It was so difficult for me. It was the loss of an idealistic future for myself and my life," she explained. "What does that now look like for me? Where do I begin? I met him when I was 24. I didn’t know life without Chan.

Dewan, who has found new love with boyfriend Steve Kazee, went on to say that the end of her marriage to Tatum was a “hard journey of growth and change.”

She added that the journey ultimately led her to “a very joyful new place in my life.”

She said she wasn’t looking to get into a new relationship with Kazee so soon after her divorce, adding that “it was nothing I was looking for, but it was everything I needed.” In fact, Dewan revealed she couldn’t deny their instant connection.

"There was no way we could avoid it," she shared. "So in my eyes, it was truly, completely meant to be. There was like a lightning bolt behind it. I definitely was like, 'Okay, let me move through this slowly.' But it was too strong. It was too right. And I said, 'What am I fighting?'"

Last month, the happy couple announced they’re expecting their first child together.

“You would never expect your life to take a turn the way it does, Dewan added. “But embracing it and starting fresh and figuring out what you want in life and what means a lot to you and what’s meaningful, what is going to make you happy. I’m grateful that I now am at a place where I understand myself and what I want and I’m happy about this new chapter. I’m in a place of joy.

As for where Dewan’s relationship with her ex-husband stands these days, she said the two are still adjusting to the “new normal,” but that she and Tatum are focused on their daughter, Everly. She also added that even though they’re not together anymore, it doesn’t take away from the love that we had or that we shared all those years.”

It sounds like these exes have it figured out. Dewan’s new book, Gracefully You: How to Live Your Best Life Every Day, hits bookshelves on October 22nd.

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