Why Does Big Success in Hollywood Always Seem to Lead to Divorce?

Why Does Big Success in Hollywood Always Seem to Lead to Divorce?

But Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum seemed ... so ... happy

By Marianne Garvey

Why is it still a shock to the system when a beloved Hollywood couple breaks up? Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum delivered the news, late at night, under the radar, that they had separated after nearly nine years of marriage and a daughter together, four-and-a-half-year-old daughter Everly.

"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. There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision — just two best-friends realizing it's time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible."

The whispers turned to shouts when Jenna attended this year’s Vanity Fair Oscar party without Channing and instead went with her girls, saying daddy was home “babysitting.”

But the cracks had started showing. Jenna recently gave an interview to Health magazine, mentioning that, hey, life with her hunky husband isn’t always a party.

"When people say you guys have such a perfect life, I want to scream and tell them no one's perfect. I think there are such things as great fits. It is a great fit as long as you are growing together, and I think up until this point we've really grown together,” she said. "I despise the word 'perfect’…Even if one starts to grow, the other catches up and vice versa. But I think a couple needs to be conscious and to want to do the work and be willing to look at the parts of you that need work. Both of us have been pretty aware and willing to do that. We've always had the same values. But we're not perfect! Are you kidding? We fight like other couples, we disagree about things, we have days where we don't really like each other."

More days than not?

The duo met on the set of Step Up as dancers; Channing was enjoying the single life and “ran smack into Jenna,” as he puts it. They married on July 11, 2009, at the Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu and appeared to be the epitome of Hollywood happiness — great bods, lots of money, super in love.

As both their careers took off, especially Channing’s, the two tried the two-week visitation schedule, a golden rule in Hollywood for couples trying to stick it out together. "It's a good rule to have...Buildup, man. I'm not good with buildup," he told Howard Stern in 2015. ”And if he has to go somewhere halfway around the world to shoot, "I've taken really long flights, like for nine hours on the ground, I've done it...It's the most expensive booty call that I've ever made."

He added that having their daughter has made them both put work second, but it seems the pull of the box office got harder and harder to resist.

According to Page Six, the two separated “due to spending more time apart because of the pressure of work,” and Channing has four movies announced for 2018 alone.

“It is hard on a marriage to be apart so much, especially when you have a young child. Plus Jenna is in pre-production for the movie, ‘Berlin I Love You,’” a source said. “Both Channing and Jenna are devoted to their daughter and have worked hard to spend as much happy family time together, despite the problems in their relationship that the distance has seemed to magnify.”

Think it's all nonsense and that celebrity couples can work it out if they really wanted to? Think again. 

Work schedules

Stars travel constantly and most aren't lying when they place the blame on their failed relationship on conflicting schedules. They spend months away from home, husbands, wives, and kids filming and promoting movies. Not surprisingly, the stars with the most successful marriages have a spouse who isn’t famous so they can easily travel as a family. When you're both successful actors, models, musicians, or artists, your often takes you to opposite ends of the globe. 


Do you kiss and sleep with other people as a job requirement? Didn’t think so. Not to mention on-set romances — celebrities have people hitting on them constantly — and cheating is a problem.

Public perception

Trying to keep up appearances because you work better as a couple for monetary reasons or image reasons becomes impossible if you are truly headed in different directions. The pressure is too much, and couples end up calling it quits for peace of mind. 

Celebrity publicist Johnny Donovan, who has worked with couples crafting separation and divorce statements, tells Personal Space says couples have usually spent a "good amount of time," like six months to a year experiencing problems before they decide to pull the plug. 

"It's harder in the public eye," he says. "They try to make it work, but it’s schedules, that lifestyle, people they meet, and there’s trust issues. Everyone’s in the spotlight and people get jealous. At the point they release a statement they've already been dealing with things for some time (for the most part)." 

Donovan says that a well-crafted statement on a split is literally timed to the minute, and that the right moments to speak about it during the celeb's next project promotion is always discussed. 

Everybody has a publicist and they literally set up the right moment to speak about it. It’s all set up and they each know the direction they're going in for the public."

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