IT’S been reported today that newly single Hollywood actor Channing Tatum has a new girlfriend — British pop singer Jessie J.
The outlet reports that Tatum, 38, and J, 30, have been dating for a “couple of months” and that the actor had been spotted at Jessie’s October 6 concert in Seattle. They were spotted at a mini golf course together in that same city — and other low-key appearances popped up on social media around the same time:
Channing Tatum and Jessie J are in the same bar as me and I just tried to take a picture and his body guard stop me quicker than I could focus my camera ?— CY (@Carina_York)
“It’s new, casual and they’re having fun together,” US Weekly quotes a source as saying.
News of the surprising pairing had many celeb-watchers pointing out that sometime Australian Voice coach Jessie bears more than a passing similarity to Tatum’s ex-wife, actress and dancer Jenna Dewan:
It’s unclear how long Tatum and Price Tag singer Jessie J have known each other — but US Weekly pointed out that their connection dates back to at least 2015, when they appeared on stage together at the MTV Movie Awards as Jessie and Mark Wahlberg presented Tatum with an award:
Here’s just a sample of the online reaction to news of their pairing today:
Channing Tatum is dating singer Jessie J, but what makes it kind of weird is that she’s Jenna Dewan’s doppelgänger. pic.twitter.com/pCL1b7H3gj— Mike Sington (@MikeSington)
Even a random headline generator couldn’t come up with this one https://t.co/zVfnZCt22p— Ryan Love (@RyanJL)
I love Jessie J and I love Channing Tatum but this is weird https://t.co/STZp07ORAt— Serena ?? (@Serena_R94)
Channing Tatum and Jessie J is LITERALLY the most random couple i could have ever imagined
what— shareen (@shareenxwong)
Jessie J and Channing Tatum ….. pic.twitter.com/Uchrsyxv28— Stang (@spookystang)
Channing Tatum is dating Jessie J. is a joke right? Dude definitely has a type.— em. (@hughes__em)
It’s been six months since Tatum and Dewan announced their decision to separate after almost nine years of marriage.
“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,” the couple said in a joint statement.
“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 (daughter) Everly. We won’t be commenting beyond this, and we thank you all in advance for respecting our family’s privacy.”
After their split, Dewan told Women’s Health she’d been trying to adjust to a “new normal”.
“It’s OK for a relationship to change into a new form that is actually better for both people involved, and I think that’s maybe what shocked everyone so much — that it can be a positive thing,” she insisted. “That was ultimately what happened with us.”
“Channing has been working non-stop, with four movies announced for 2018 alone. It is hard on a marriage to be apart so much, especially when you have a young child. Plus Jenna is in pre-production for the movie, Berlin I Love You.”
The friend added, “Both Channing and Jenna are devoted to their daughter and have worked hard to spend as much happy family time together, despite the problems in their relationship that the distance has seemed to magnify.”