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Jenna Dewan defends Channing Tatum, days after announcing split

The couple are parents to four-year-old daughter Everly

Gemma Strong

Jenna Dewan has spoken out to dismiss claims that alcohol and 'flirting' led to her split from Channing Tatum. The Hollywood couple announced their separation earlier this week, and since then there have been reports that Channing's drinking and partying drove a wedge into their eight-year marriage. Now Jenna, who shares a four-year-old daughter Everly with the actor, has shut down the speculation. "Happy to clarify that absolutely none of these rumours are true," her spokesperson told MailOnline. "The reason our statement was so positive is because that's the reality of our situation."

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Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan announced the end of their eight-year marriage on 2 April

Jenna and Channing, both 37, announced their split on Monday in a joint statement shared on their Instagram accounts. "We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple," they said. "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 realising 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."

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In a 2014 interview with Star magazine, Channing confessed: "I probably drink too much. My wife, that's what she bought into." And the following year, he opened up about the difficulty of balancing his personal and professional lives. Asked by People how he juggled his hectic career with his family, he admitted: "Not very well. I'm lucky to have people that care enough to make sure I'm not screwing things up."

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The couple tied the knot in July 2009 and are parents to four-year-old daughter Everly

He continued: "None of this is easy, but at the same time it's everything I would have ever wanted. I really like challenges but I would like things to get a little slower; that would be nice. I wish I could slow down slightly. But I have no other option; I can’t not live in the moment."

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Channing also credited his wife for helping him stay grounded. "We started together and that's your responsibility in a relationship, to not lose it. You keep pushing each other to grow and be better," he said. "We're a good support system for each other. I don't think I could do it any other way."

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