Kristen Bell’s sage relationship advice *almost* makes us feel better about Jenna Dewan Tatum and Channing Tatum’s split
When it comes to celebrity couples, it’s easy to get caught up in their seemingly perfect love stories. Whether they’re hitting the red carpet together, appearing in gorgeously airbrushed magazine spreads, or just posting the perfect ‘gram, we get it. #RelationshipGoals is totally a thing. Luckily, though, Kristen Bell has gifted us some advice to remind us a celebrity split might not be something to cry about.
“We’re not looking at the whole picture when we sort of idolize the relationship,” Bell said at a This Bar Saves Lives event in West Hollywood this week, commenting specifically on Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum’s split. “Like those two, that may be a better path for both of them, and they’re both lovely people, and they’re still friends, and that’s okay.”
There’s a lot of pressure on celebrity couples living in the spotlight. Realistically, the important thing is that they’re happy. That goes for their “real” lives more than the ones they live in front of the cameras. And if Tatum and Dewan are okay with their split, then we can learn to be okay with it too.
While it’s totally fine to mourn a celebrity breakup, Bell pointed out that sometimes, it really is for the best:
"It's okay to feel like, I went through 10 years with you, I love you and now I feel like I want something different and so do you, she said. “Like it doesn't have to be a heartbreak, I guess is what I mean. It could actually be the healthiest thing for both individuals to thrive, and it could also be the best example for your kids."
Clearly, Tatum and Dewan still love each other, and like the wise Kristen Bell says, we should let them move on.
We totally agree. Our society deals with so much added pressure, especially thanks to social media, and it’s important to be proactive. Whether you’re talking about friends or partners, making smart decisions about your relationships absolutely counts as self-care. (Plus, it’s 100% okay to take a break from relationships entirely.)
However, you don’t necessarily need to break up to take a break. Alone time is an important part of every relationship, and spending time alone can actually help keep your connection strong.
It’s part of why Bell said she doesn’t think she’ll ever split from her husband, Dax Shepard:
"We're in too deep and I like him too much. Even when he's annoying I really like him. I'm still like, 'I still wanna be on the porch with you when I'm 80, but I really need you to get out of my face right now.'"
As usual, Kristen Bell is totally right. We appreciate her refreshing honesty and her reminder that in the end, it’s okay to want to be happy. And, of course, we wish Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan all the best as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.