Why Channing Tatum and Jessie J couldn't make it work

The world was pretty shocked when heartthrob Channing Tatum split from his wife, Jenna Dewan. The couple announced their breakup in April 2018 on Instagram, and it wasn't long before both stars started dating other people. While Dewan has since gotten engaged and welcomed a baby with Broadway star Steve KazeeTatum has been linked to British pop singer Jessie J on and off since October 2018. However, in April 2020, it was reported that the couple had called it quits for a second time, after reuniting earlier in the year. So why couldn't the Hollywood star and his musical mate make their relationship work?

In June 2019, Jessie J proved just how smitten she was with Tatum when she revealed on the Heart Breakfast radio show (via Us Weekly), "Just because he's Channing Tatum everyone's kind of sped us up into this, like, 'Are you getting married? Are you doing this?'" She continued, "I mean, I've been in relationships for a lot longer than Chan and I have in the last four, five years but they're not famous so no one really cares. We're having a lovely time. And I'm very, very respectful of his situation." As well as having to fend off unwanted publicity, Tatum and Jessie J had a lot of other issues to deal with throughout their romance, which ultimately may have contributed to their split. Join us as we find out why Channing Tatum and Jessie J couldn't make it work.

Channing Tatum and Jessie J are in the friend zone

People reported Channing Tatum and Jessie J's split in December 2019, with an insider telling the publication, "There wasn't any drama. They just decided to part ways and are still good friends." However, by January 2020, it seemed as though the couple had rekindled their relationship, with a source telling E! News, "They took a few weeks apart but ultimately decided they really care about each other." Sadly, their reunion was short-lived, with Tatum and Jessie J splitting up yet again just months later.

According to Us Weekly, the couple's second split was just as undramatic as the first, with an insider revealing to the publication that Jessie J and Tatum "worked hard to reestablish their relationship but realized that they were better off as friends." Clearly, the two stars have a lot of love for one another, which is proven by the fact that they gave their relationship another try. At the end of the day, sometimes people really are better off as friends, as much as it pains us to admit.

Jessie J's work got in the way

When two famous people are dating one another, it's pretty much a given that scheduling dates are going to be a nightmare. When those two celebrities live in different countries, a whole other level of complexity is thrown into the dating mix. So perhaps unsurprisingly, Channing Tatum and Jessie J's lack of quality time together might be responsible for why they broke up for a second time. When the couple first split up at the end of 2019, a source told In Touch, "With Jessie's busy schedule — she's been traveling a lot — they were barely spending any time together."

As well as being a pop star, Jessie J keeps busy with a number of projects. In 2019, she became a judge on The Voice Kids UK, alongside will.i.am and Pixie Lott. Of her new role, Jessie J told BBC News, "I made a point of sitting with the producers ... and getting to know everybody ... and everybody is very, very qualified to look after children." In November of 2019, the singer also released the song, "One More Try," which is featured in the jukebox musical, & Juliet. If that's not all, Jessie J was also set to perform in Spain, Portugal, and Germany in 2020. While the multi-faceted performer seems to have a lot of exciting work projects right now, they also possibly could've gotten in the way of her relationship with Tatum.

Channing Tatum wasn't ready for a relationship

Channing Tatum announced his split from Jenna Dewan in April 2018, after almost nine years of marriage. Both Tatum and Dewan started dating new people in September 2018, according to People, just months after the world learned of their breakup, but is it possible that the Magic Mike actor moved on a little too soon? News broke in October 2018 that Tatum was dating British singer Jessie J, with a source telling People, "It's very new." The publication also reported, "the pair's budding relationship comes just six months after Tatum announced his split from actress Jenna Dewan." 

When Tatum split from Jessie J for the first time, an insider told In Touch in December 2019, "Channing jumped into a relationship with Jessie and fell head over heels in love. But it was short-lived." The implication was that Tatum hadn't had enough time to get over his split, which was followed by a divorce, and a complicated agreement regarding the custody of the actor's daughter with Dewan, Everly. With so much going on, and not a huge amount of time between relationships, maybe Tatum wasn't ready for another serious commitment so soon.

Channing Tatum's family comes first

As if getting divorced isn't complicated enough, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan continue to co-parent their daughter, Everly, who was born on May 31, 2013. While Tatum and Dewan announced their split in April 2018, it wasn't until November 2019 that a judge declared the two legally single, according to TMZ. The former couple's divorce wasn't finalized until February 2020, when Dewan and Tatum agreed to a custody arrangement for their daughter, per In Touch. As part of the agreement, The Blast reported that Dewan and Tatum decided to split custody equally, meaning that Tatum will likely need to be wherever his ex-wife is based for much of the time. The site also noted, "The two actors have agreed to work with a counselor to work out a specific schedule to split the holidays and custody time fairly."

In December 2019, a source told In Touch that Tatum and Jessie J had initially split because the Dear John actor was "still recovering from his messy divorce with Jenna and is prioritizing his family." In March 2020, People reported that Tatum had shared photos and videos on Instagram when he adorably went hiking with his daughter, Everly. It seems that Tatum is committed to being the best dad possible right now, even if that makes it more difficult to sustain a romantic relationship.

Jessie J doesn't want to be tied down

Channing Tatum might be a family man with joint custody of his daughter, Everly, but that doesn't mean that Jessie J was ready for the same level of commitment. When the British pop star split from the Hollywood actor at the end of 2019, a source reportedly told In Touch, "Jessie is free-spirited and doesn't want to be tied down." Meanwhile, since his breakup from ex-wife Jenna Dewan, reports have repeatedly suggested that Tatum is ready to settle down again. A source told In Touch in January 2020, "Channing wants lasting love, he'd love to settle down, get married again and have more children." Meanwhile, the same source said, "Jessie wants the same, she'd love to find Mr. Right," so perhaps the couple's ideas of settling down just didn't align.

In September 2019, People reported that Jessie J had written a new song about Tatum, which she performed during a show in Los Angeles. According to the publication, the lyrics revealed, "Take it slow, baby steps so we don't know ... Let's be still, just stay calm, so we're not rushing what we are." The song continued, "Pressure on, just have fun. It's not a race, no need to run." Finally, the crooner sang, "If it's forever, let's just simply be in love." In many ways, the lyrics suggest that the artist wasn't in a hurry to settle down, and simply wanted to take the relationship one day at a time.

Channing Tatum and Jessie J had issues

Having split once before, it would appear that Jessie J and Channing Tatum's relationship had some underlying problems that just couldn't be addressed. Of their second breakup, a source told E! News, "the same issues were still popping up." As anyone who's ever gotten back with an ex knows only too well, history often repeats itself. Even with the best intentions, it's not always possible to start afresh, and love just isn't enough sometimes.

Meanwhile, a source told The Sun, "You only need to look at the gushing posts they made about each other during their relationship to see that. That's why they wanted to give their romance another shot, but sadly it hasn't worked out." When combined with other alleged complications, such as Tatum's need to be close to his daughter in the United States, and Jessie J's hectic work schedule, ironing out any long-standing problems in the relationship was maybe too difficult.

Channing Tatum's intense schedule

It will surprise exactly no-one that Channing Tatum apparently has a very busy schedule. Much like his ex, Tatum reportedly has a lot going on, from work commitments to family stuff — all of which makes sustaining a romantic relationship way more tricky. Of Tatum's split from Jessie J, a source reportedly told People, "He is super busy with his career and as a dad ... He has a world awaiting him and is trying to manage how busy he is which isn't easy." As well as having joint custody of his daughter, Everly, with ex-wife Jenna Dewan, Tatum is hot property in Hollywood. 

Tatum's stupidly successful Magic Mike Live show, which launched in London, is set to expand to venues in Las Vegas and Australia, meaning that the actor is bound to have plenty of travel in his future. Plus, the actor is set to make his directorial debut with the movie Dog, which he will also "produce, write and star in," per Variety. The fact that Tatum is ready to step behind the camera shows that his movie career is only getting bigger and better, and that must mean that his schedule is downright hectic.

Channing Tatum and Jessie J are ready to move on

While Us Weekly reported that Jessie J and Channing Tatum decided that they were "better off as friends," it's also rumored that they just wanted to date other people. In April 2020, The Sun revealed that Tatum was "already active again on celebrity dating app Raya. His profile reads: 'And yes, I used to be a stripper. Sorry.'" Of course, it's unclear whether Tatum is seriously looking to date so soon after his split from Jessie J, but his presence on a dating app certainly suggests that he's ready for a relationship.

And it's not just Tatum who is apparently looking for love, as a source told The Sun, "The split was amicable and they're still in contact. They're spending time apart and are open to meeting new people." If true, it would appear that Tatum and his former British flame decided that their relationship wasn't the right fit anymore, but that doesn't preclude either of them from looking for romance elsewhere.

Third time lucky?

Despite having broken up twice already, fans shouldn't totally rule out a future reunion between Channing Tatum and Jessie J. As a source told The Sun, "The split was amicable and they're still in contact." In fact, since news of their second split was reported, Tatum commented on one of Jessie J's Instagram posts, suggesting that they're still very much in contact. Jessie J posted a video of herself singing, "I'm Every Woman," along with the caption, "I've stared at the oven watching puff pastry rise for 30 minutes." Tatum rather suggestively commented on her post, "That puff pastry is every woman ... and now it's all in you too." Woah there, cowboy!

The Sun's insider also hinted, "you shouldn't bet against another reunion in the future," suggesting that the former couple could reunite under the right circumstances. Perhaps one day in the future, love will blossom again for Jessie J and Channing Tatum. Until then, we'll just have to console ourselves with this thirst-trap that Jessie made Tatum post on Instagram for the whole world to see and enjoy.