It’s okay to admit that you’re still reeling from the news that Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum are separating after eight years of marriage, because they were one of our all-time favorite celebrity couples. And while we wish them the best in the future, it’s also okay if you just want to wallow in the past for a day. Which is why we’re currently reliving the story of how Jenna and Channing first got together. It all started during auditions for the iconic first Step Up movie

In the January 2017 issue of Cosmopolitan, Dewan revealed that their first meeting was anything but smooth. In fact, she showed up late and unprepared to audition for the dance flick, arriving right as Channing was about to kiss the actress who auditioned ahead of her.

And naturally, Jenna said she was “instantly attracted” to Channing, telling Cosmo that they flirted right away.

Then, during filming, the pair went out dancing, but Jenna said Channing was newly out of a long-term relationship, and she knew he might not want to start another one yet.

“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. His room was right above mine, and he came down drunk with a sombrero on, banging on my door. 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.”


Again, while we’re sure Jenna and Channing made the right decision for themselves and their family, we’re still gonna need a minute to process their separation. In the meantime, excuse us while we watch Step Up for the 900th time. At least we’ll always have the memories.