Kristen Bell gets beautifully real about Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan’s split

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Actress Kristen Bell attends Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California

Addressing Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan’s unexpected split, Kristen Bell has reminded us that it can be a “lot of pressure” having a relationship in the spotlight – something which she knows first-hand.

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan recently announced their separation after nine years of marriage - and it wasn’t long before the news was trending worldwide on Twitter, with phrases like “love is dead” and “that’s it, I don’t want to live on this planet anymore” flying around the social media stratosphere.

Now, though, Kristen Bell has offered her own perspective on the highly-publicised split.

The actress – who has been wither her husband, Dax Shepard, for the best part of a decade – has, like the Tatums, seen her marriage cited as #relationshipgoals time and time again.

However, Bell has always made a point of being honest about their marriage and the struggle that comes with maintaining it— especially in the public eye.

“It is a lot of pressure,”” Kristen told E! News when asked about the breakdown of Tatum and Dewan’s relationship.

“[And] I highly doubt [that Dax and I] 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.’”

Bell continued: “But I also think we’re not looking at the whole picture when we sort of idolise 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. 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.”

Bell previously revealed that she had to address her own toxic behaviour early on in her relationship with Shepard.

“When [Dax and I] first met, we fell madly in love and I love the dramatic exit. There is nothing I crave more,” she said during an interview last year.

“We’d get in a fight because we’d fight a lot, and I’d yell something and then slam the bedroom door, then I’d slam the front door, then I’d get in my car and then I’d skid out the driveway and I would sit around the corner in my car and it felt so good and I realised how incredibly toxic it was only after he pointed it out.”

Bell continued: “Three months into our relationship he was like: ‘You can’t leave anymore during fights. I’m not going to do that.’

“[Dax] has a very high standard and a strong code of ethics. He was like: ‘No, I have more respect for myself. I love you, but I’m not going to do that my whole life. Our marriage won’t survive.”

It was at this point that The Good Place star realised that she had to change her bad habit: “Everything he was saying was making so much sense and I was like, damn this guy.”

Bell is not the first to address the enormous pressure of living your relationship out in the public eye: a few weeks ago, Anna Faris – who split from her husband, Chris Pratt, in 2016 – said that the public’s over-the-top reaction to their divorce announcement very quickly got on her nerves.

“I had a little bit of a childish feeling like, ‘Oh, come on, f***ing grow up,’” she said.

“Like, a little anger.”

However, Faris went on to say that she felt as if she were partly to blame for the online reaction, having consciously “cultivated” the perception that she and Pratt had the “perfect” marriage.

“I do think, we obviously cultivated something [the idea of a perfect relationship], and it was rewarding for a while, like, ‘Oh, people seem to think that we got all this s**t sorted, that’s nice!’”

Tatum and Dewan, though, decided to embrace the public nature of their marriage when announcing their decision to separate.

“Hey world,” they wrote on Instagram. “So…We have something we would like to share.

“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.”

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