Channing Tatum is opening up about what it’s like to be a single parent.
The 40-year-old actor appears in the May 2021 issue of Fathers magazine, where he talks about co-parenting his 7-year-old daughter, Everly, with his ex-wife Jenna Dewan. Despite being one of the most famous faces in Hollywood, Tatum admits that she has certain fears when it comes to raising her only child. Dewan also shares his 1-year-old son Callum with his fiancé Steve Kazee.
“I want dads not to be afraid to go into their daughters’ world and find out who they are,” says Tatum. Fathers. “When I became a single parent, I was very scared to connect with Everly in all the ways a little girl could want. I didn’t wear nail polish or know how to braid hair. But now I do both.”
“I paint my face, I wear tutus, I am rarely home without some kind of costume,” she continues. “I jumped with both feet into this magical world, and was rewarded with a kind of love that I don’t think I could have had otherwise.”
Tatum says that the incredible bond he has created with Everly over the years is actually what inspired him to create his first picture book. The one and only Sparkella, available May 4.
“Like Sparkella, Evie loves to joke around, wear quirky outfits, and be different from everyone else,” she explains. “It is sassy, beautiful and magical in every way.”
“We played a lot in his room during the quarantine, and it helped develop the story,” he adds. “Even when I was home alone, I would find an article of his that gave me an idea.”
In September 2018, Tatum told ET that she adores Everly for always having the courage to “do her thing.”
“She came out that way. I wish I could take credit for that, but I really can’t,” the proud father said at the time. “That’s really all she is. I think kids come out a little bit of who they’re going to be, and then you encourage that to be what you expect it to be in the world. Its own thing.”
As for her moving at her own pace even in dance classes? “She’s on the floor, rolling,” Tatum explained. “All children do their part, but she does her thing.”
Never change, Everly!