Actor Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan Tatum have announced that they are separating after eight years of marriage. In an amicable joint statement released via social media, the Tatums explained the reasons for their split.

“Hey world! So…We have something we would like to share,” the statement begins. “First off, it feels odd that we have to share this kind of thing with everyone, but it’s a consequence of the lives we’ve chosen to lead, which we also happen to be deeply grateful for. We’re living in an incredible moment in time, but it’s also a time where truth can easily get distorted into ‘alternative facts’ 😉  So we want to share the truth so you know that if you didn’t read it here then it’s most certainly fiction.

We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. 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. We are still a family and will always be loving dedicated parents to Everly. We won’t be commenting beyond this, and we thank you all in advance for respecting our family’s privacy. Sending lots of love to everyone, Chan&Jenna.

The actors, both 37, met on the set of the 2006 film Step Up, the movie in which they star as two talented dancers from different sides of the tracks who eventually fall in love. They began dating and eventually tied the knot in 2009. The Tatums often shared heartwarming photos of their family life with 4-year-old daughter Everly and became a fan favorite celebrity couple. Needless to say, people took to social media after the news broke to express their sadness.

Back in February, Jenna's interview with Health Magazine alluded that not everything is as perfect as it appeared to be. “When people say you guys have such a perfect life, I want to scream and tell them no one’s perfect,” she said. “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. Even if one starts to grow, the other catches up and vice versa."