Channing Tatum has revealed his hopes for his 3-year-old baby girl Everly’s future on the matters of love, men and sex.
When the 37-year-old actor was asked to write an editorial for Cosmopolitan to promote his Las Vegas show “Magic Mike Live,” Tatum began to brainstorm what he envisioned for his daughter as a young adult discovering her sexuality and discovering the true meaning of love.
“I tried to imagine the things I’d want her to read that would help her understand men and sex and partnership better, and at that moment, I realized a strange thing,” Tatum wrote. “I don’t want her looking to the outside world for answers. My highest hope for her is just that she has the fearlessness to always be her authentic self, no matter what she thinks men want her to be.”
Tatum reflected upon his own relationship with his wife, Jenna Dewan Tatum admitting that although they shared a passionate connection, he was uncertain about their future until she “blurted out” that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him.
“Jenna just blurted out that she knew exactly what she wanted in life and she didn’t have to look for it anymore because it was me,” Tatum continued to write. “She had no idea what I’d say or how I’d react, but that was her truth. I remember feeling this incredible rush – it was the sexiest thing she’d ever done for me. I felt strength, because in that moment, she had accepted every part of me, the good and the bad.”
And that magical feeling that Jenna gave him is what he hopes his daughter will experience as she grows older.
“That radical authenticity of hers was what made me fall head over heels in love,” the actor said. “Before I experienced it, I wouldn’t have known how to ask for it. Now I know it’s what I was always craving. And that’s what I want for my daughter – to be expectation-less with her love and now allow preconceived standards to affect her, to ask herself what she wants and feel empowered enough to act on it.”
Tatum concludes his heartfelt letter with a strong hope that more women will begin to realize their value and feel that magical feeling that he experienced through their own journey in finding that one true love.
“If there’s one thing that I think men wish women knew, it’s just that they alone are enough. When more women start to truly feel this power in themselves, the world will become so magical, it makes my head hurt.”