Last night I couldn't sleep...again. So instead of going to the kitchen to look for sweets, I hopped on my phone to read some news on Twitter. Yes, actual news. It was then that I noticed everyone sharing an Instagram post by Jenna Dewan, Channing Tatum's wife.
The couple who met in 2006 on the set of "Step Up" and married in 2009, have been referred to as "relationship goals" for ages. People were tweeting things like, "what even is love if these two are separating?" and "I have now lost all hope in relationships lasting". Others stepped up and said, "Proud of these two for squashing rumors before they start, holding on to the mutual respect for one another, and deciding to be teammates as co-parents.".
Everyone was talking about this. Normally, I don't follow a lot of Hollywood news unless it peaks my interest, and this one did.
I've been divorced for almost 6 years. My ex and I have a very similar relationship. We care about one another on a personal and respectful level. We are great friends, and even better co-parents. Although we have dated other people post-divorce (and our friendship seems strange to outsiders/ new partners), it is important to us. We agreed from the beginning of the "new us" that we would ALWAYS keep our relationship healthy to keep our daughter first. It isn't always easy, but it IS doable.
I admire these two for recognizing that life is short, and that sometimes really loving someone means knowing when to let them find happiness, even if it isn't with you.