Tatum’s official website said, “Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Channing Tatum are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Everly Tatum, who was born on May 31 in London.”
The “world’s sexiest man alive” winner is in the United Kingdom working on his latest film, the thriller White House Down, opposite Django Unchained actor Jamie Foxx.
Tatum has landed the cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair, where he talks about his childhood, and handling fame.
The 33 year-old actor told the magazine, “I don’t remember who said it, but I do believe that whatever age you become famous, you end up staying that age. Because from that point you’re not asked to be a normal citizen. I broke through at 24 or 25. I had lived a pretty diverse life. When I was finally making money, I knew exactly what I needed … $5.67. I’d have one meal a day. I would go to Checkers and get the No. 1 with everything.”
Tatum talked to Vanity Fair’s contributing editor Rich Cohen and he talked about children, with wife Jenna Dewan, and his parents. He said, “I don’t think you can prepare. It’s a bit of a freestyle. His parents, Tatum says, set a good example “for better and worse. They weren’t perfect. I don’t know anyone who did have perfect parents. It’s provided me with lessons I’ll try to improve upon when I’m up to bat. I’m just going to be a good friend to my kid. One thing I definitely want to change is that whole ‘I don’t want you to make the same mistakes’ mentality. My dad didn’t have much money growing up; he didn’t have much of an education. He forced that on me, and I didn’t want it.”
The 33 year-old actor tells how his father worked as a roofer right up to the day he fell through a roof and broke his back. Tatum said that even though his father recovered, he was never able to do the heavy labour that he’d always done and he became a salesman.
According to Channing, his father channeled his own dreams into his son, stressing education, but Tatum struggled. He tells Cohen, “I read so slow. If I have a script I’m going to read it five times slower than any other actor, but I’ll be able to tell you everything in it. It kills me that there are standardized tests geared towards just one kind of child.”
Now that Channing Tatum and Jenna have their new baby, he has done a lot more than to help name the baby, he’s put an awful lot of thought into what he will and won’t do as a father.
In the area of fatherhood, Tatum revealed to the editor of Vanity Fair that he would not “drug” his children in an attempt to “cure” a learning disability. Which, he says, happened to him. The actor said, “I truly believe some people need medication. I did not. I did better at school when I was on it, but it made me a zombie. You become obsessive. Dexedrine, Adderall. It’s like any other drug. It’s like coke, or crystal meth. The more you do, the less it works. For a time, it would work well. Then it worked less and my pain was more. I would go through wild bouts of depression, horrible comedowns. I understand why kids kill themselves. I absolutely do. You feel terrible. You feel soul-less. I’d never do it to my child.”
In the Vanity Fair interview, which was obviously held before the happy event on 31 May, Channing said that he thought their new baby was going to be a girl despite Jenna’s insistence that it was going to be a boy. Looks like Channing was right after all.
Tatum told Vanity Fair that despite his celebrity and the sometimes odd nature of the beast, that, “I don’t remember who said it, but I do believe that whatever age you become famous, you end up staying that age. Because from that point you’re not asked to be a normal citizen. I broke through at 24 or 25. I had lived a pretty diverse life. When I was finally making money, I knew exactly what I needed … $5.67. I’d have one meal a day. I would go to Checkers and get the No. 1 with everything.”
He also has some things to say about the adventures of Justin Bieber who, he says, is having it hard because his fame came at such a young age. He said, “I worry about Bieber, man. That kid’s wildly talented. I hope he doesn’t fall down into the usual ways of young kids because it’s so hard for someone to be responsible when they’re not asked to be. We’re not asked to do things ourselves. You have someone there with a coffee. ‘You want food? I’ll get you food.’ I put my bag in the trunk yesterday—I can’t drive here—so my driver, great guy, Terry, amazing, I call him T-Bone, I drop my bag in and left the trunk open. And I get around to my door, and I’m like, ‘What the fuck am I doing? That’s not my behavior.’ ”
Now that Channing and Jenna Dewan are parents, I’m sure that he thinks even more differently about the nature of celebrity and being a parent. He and Jenna have taken the first step as new parents, they’ve named their baby. So now that Everly Tatum is here, we think that the world’s sexiest man alive, will be spending a lot of time, helping her to grow up.
By Michael Smith