Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum first announced their split back in April 2018, and officially filed for divorce last October. Since then, they’ve both moved on to new relationships—her with Steve Kazee and him with singer Jessie J. They’ve remained pretty quiet about the breakup as they continue co-parent their daughter, Everly.
In a new interview with People, ahead of the publication of her wellness book Gracefully You: How to Live Your Best Life Every Day, she opens up about this new phase in her life—which includes a baby on the way for her and Kazee. “I always say no one gets married to hopefully get divorced,” Dewan says.
The actor says she really struggled when her and Tatum first separated: “I was just gutted. It was so difficult for me. It was the loss of an idealistic future for myself and my life. 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.”
“It was a hard journey of growth and change,” Dewan continues. “Ultimately now I can honestly say that I’m living in a very joyful new place in my life, and I’m happy about it.”
“You would never expect your life to take a turn the way it does,” she says of where she is now. “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.”
Dewan says that everyone is still adjusting, but that she and Tatum are focused on their daughter. “We’re all aware that it’s a new normal, we’re all getting used to it,” she reveals. “You can still have a relationship and just because the forms change as to who you are to each other, it doesn’t take away from the love that we had or that we shared all those years.”
Jenna Dewan’s book, Gracefully You: How to Live Your Best Life Every Day, drops on October 22.