Kristen Bell: Channing Tatum and Jenna’s split ‘might be healthiest thing’

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When Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan announced their separation last week, people were surprised and saddened. Some acknowledged that the couple did the best they could but that sometimes things don’t work and it doesn’t need to take cheating or drama to end a relationship.

Actress Kristen Bell, who has had her own issues in her marriage to Dax Shepard, was asked her reaction on the Tatum/Dewan split by E! News. She had a lot to say about it, including that it may be the best thing for the couple and for their kids.

On her own relationship
It is a lot of pressure. Well I’ll tell you this, I highly doubt we will ever break up because we’re just…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.’

On people idolizing celebrity relationships
But I also think we’re not looking at the whole picture when we sort of idolize the relationship. 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 OK.”

On the end of Channing and Jenna’s relationship
It’s OK 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. 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.

[From E! Online]

This isn’t the first time Kristen has weighed in on a celebrity split, when Anna Faris an Chris Pratt split, she said “If there are two people that decide not to be together, it shouldn’t really be a heartbreak for everyone.” Reflecting a similar statement to the one she made last week, she added, “We may have to make different choices; those choices might make us sad for a while, but ultimately you have to make hard choices in life. I don’t fault anyone for making them.”

After reading about Channing and Jenna’s split, and looking back the end of my own marriage, I can totally understand what Kristen is saying. My split was healthy for both my ex and myself, and we’re still friends, even after being divorced for over four years. And, maybe it’s just me, but I’m not one to look at celebrity unions as any kind of blueprint for my own. Nobody’s perfect for sure, and I’d just rather work on my own relationships than try to mirror what the media chooses to show me regarding famous couples.

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  1. Larelyn says:

    (…pssst… there’s a rumor an STD is involved in the breakup…)


    *Giggle* *Snort*

    • lobstah says:

      Go on…. 🙂

    • Jess says:

      Oh god, that’s awful, and I’m guessing it came from Channing? I work in healthcare and it’s ridiculously common to see marriages end because one person gives the other an infection. I don’t understand cheating, but unprotected cheating?!? Insane to me.

    • Abby says:

      la-la-la I didn’t hear this. GAHHHH. She would not be so dumb. Him, not so much.

    • Shijel says:

      Ah, yes the “parting gift”.

      Oh, you’re horrible. Your next drink is on me!

      Channing is a notorious cheat and did the bare minimum to hide it, frankly I’m surprised that it didn’t end a lot sooner.

  2. Patricia says:

    This lady talks like hers is the first marriage to ever exist and we are all waiting to hear her advice on this. Well she does have the most overwrought and overexposed and annoying marriage I’ve ever heard of so there’s that….

  3. Mrs. Darcy says:

    She’s not wrong, but like… she has no idea what level of heartbreak did or didn’t happen there. This whole “it’s all good man, love doesn’t last forever” type commentary is not her place to speak on regarding other people’s relationships – yes, even if they release public statements saying that is what went down, she should know better than to think that is the whole truth. I get a weird vibe from her whole open book schtick with Dax, too. She strikes me as someone who tries to therapize everything around her without in some cases actually having a clue what she is talking about.

  4. Alissa says:

    I agree with her on the whole thing, but why does everyone keep asking Kristen Bell what she thinks about breakup?

    • Abby says:

      This is what I came to say. Why do people keep asking her to weigh in on other people’s marriages???? And why is she responding?? Did she become a therapist and I missed it??

    • minx says:

      Why does anyone ask her about anything? She’s insufferable.

    • Brunswickstoval says:

      And why does she have to relate everything back to her own marriage. It’s so annoying. She could just have easily made comments to the same effect without talking about herself.

  5. Lucy2 says:

    I hope what she said in the first comment doesn’t come back to bite her.
    Agree on the other points though, sometimes it really is for the best.

  6. BearcatLawyer says:

    For someone who claims to be super private and protective of children, she sure has a lot of opinions. Whatever happened to saying, “No comment” or “That’s their business, ask them?”

  7. Abby says:

    My gut reaction to this was “oh hush up.”

    Their marriage sounds exhausting.

  8. kate says:

    I certainly won’t be surprised when HER breakup is announced.

  9. naomipaige says:

    This women gets on my last nerve. She needs to just disappear.

  10. Ash says:

    Being in a relationship with Kristen Bell must be the most exhausting thing ever

  11. Jenns says:

    All I thought when I saw the headline (and it could be knee-jerk annoyance) was, for someone who thinks the public should stay out of private lives/children’s lives, I think it’s inappropriate to comment on another couple’s relationship, a couple with a child. I know she was “asked by E”, but she could have declined. It’s one thing when we unknowns gossip, but she’s a celebrity and her words get headlines. I would hate for co-worker to tell my office that my breakup could be for the best and the healthiest choice. Like, I would loathe him/her 🙂

  12. Shijel says:

    Girl, work on your pinworms and your own relationship, because the way you describe your relationship screams ‘it’s standing on clay feet’. Yikes.

  13. ms says:

    I really liked her until recently. She’s really smart and funny, and I really appreciated she talked about normal things we don’t think are normal, like depression. But I’m starting to think she thinks HER relationship is normal and from what she has been saying for years, it’s not. It shouldn’t be THAT MUCH WORK to like the person you’re with.

  14. Electric Tuba says:

    I really don’t care for Bell in the least but I like her consistent message about divorce. I was pretty much forced into a marriage at 21 by my religious parents and when I left after abuse I was slut shamed by my own father when I eventually tried to move on and find a healthy relationship. So annoying as the messenger is, less stigma about divorce would be a great outcome for our world.

    • Alex says:

      Thank you for sharing something that must have been traumatic, in so many ways.
      As per little Kirsten Bell, she is just answering and giving her opinion, why She must be silenced? she is another woman living her own experience.

      • Electric Tuba says:

        My apologies, I did not mean to imply she should be silenced. Sorry if my comment was rude.