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Channing Tatum opens up on how fatherhood made him realise 'how scary the world is for women'

Emily Brown

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Channing Tatum opens up on how fatherhood made him realise 'how scary the world is for women'

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Channing Tatum has admitted that becoming a father to daughter Everly made him realise 'how scary the world is for women'.

We're used to seeing Tatum presenting himself as tough, confident and fight-ready characters thanks to films like 21 Jump Street and Foxcatcher, but the real world is a lot scarier than a film set.

The actor opened up about his changing perspective on society following the birth of his daughter, who he shares with ex-wife Jenna Dewan.

Tatum welcomed his daughter in 2013. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo
Tatum welcomed his daughter in 2013. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo

Tatum and Dewan dated for three years before making things official with their wedding in 2009, and they welcomed the arrival of Everly a few years later in 2013.

Unfortunately, though, things didn't work out between the parents, and in 2018 they shocked fans by announcing their separation.

Discussing the split, Tatum told Vanity Fair: "We fought for it for a really long time, even though we both sort of knew that we had sort of grown apart. I think we told ourselves a story when we were young, and we just kept telling ourselves that story, no matter how blatantly life was telling us that we were so different.”

“But when you’re actually parents, you really understand differences between the two of you. Because it is screaming at you all day long. How you parent differently, how you look at the world, how you go through the world.”

After going their separate ways, Tatum and Dewan now co-parent nine-year-old Everly.

Tatum and Dewan announced their split in 2018. Credit: WFPA / Alamy Stock Photo
Tatum and Dewan announced their split in 2018. Credit: WFPA / Alamy Stock Photo

Tatum grew up around strong women, and is very close to his mother, Kay, and his sister, Paige, but it wasn't until the birth of his daughter that he really gained a new perspective.

He explained: "Only in having a daughter did it start to really scare me how scary the world is for women. You can conceive it when you love someone that is a girl, but it doesn’t land in the same way as having a tiny female human in the world that is so vulnerable and looking at the world through rose-colored glasses.”

After her split with Tatum, Dewan welcomed a son, Callum with her new fiancé, Steve Kazee. But while Dewan is looking ahead to a life with a new husband, Tatum has admitted he doesn't know if he's 'ever going to get married again'.

The actor explained: "Relationships are hard for me. Even though I am a bit of a monogamist.

"In business, I have no real fear of anything being destroyed. But heart things, when it comes to people I love, I have a really hard time. I end up trying too hard, you know?”

After splitting with Dewan, Tatum dated Jessie J on-and-off for nearly two years.

Topics: Celebrity, Channing Tatum, Sex and Relationships, Parenting

Emily Brown
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