Channing Tatum has shared an open letter to his three-year-old daughter, Everly, and it’s all kinds of lovely.
The letter posted in Cosmopolitan shares all the things he wants his little girl to know as she grows up.
Worried that she may learn some of life’s most important lessons from somewhere else, Channing shared his “highest hope” for Everly was for her to be fearless.
“I tried to imagine the things I’d want her to read that would help her understand men and sex and partnership better,” Channing wrote. “And at that moment, I realised a strange thing. 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.”
The actor also spoke about his relationship with Everly’s mother, and wife of seven years, Jenna. Speaking about the beginning of their relationship, Channing revealed what he thought to be the “sexiest thing she’d ever done”.
“One day, 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. She had no idea what I’d say or how I’d react, but that was her truth,” he continued.
“I remember feeling this incredible rush – it was the sexiest thing she’d ever done for me. That radical authenticity of hers was what made me fall head over heels in love.”
I took this just days after jenna and I (mostly jenna) brought our little girl into the world. I’ve taken many like it over the past 3 years but this is one of my favorites. She was so tired. Haha. But she has such deep strength and other worldly grace. Watching her in those first days transform into a mother was life changing. She was every bit the beautiful, sexy, funny, flawed creature I fell in love with. But the prism turned and showed a whole new light that I had no idea existed, the light of a mothers love. Thank you for that baby. Saw this quote today –” The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. Theodore Hesburgh” there are a lot of important things in being a father. Who knows what the most important thing is? All I know is that in my case this is pretty high on my list. Love you cake!
In an effort to teach his daughter to feel empowered, Channing ended with one piece of advice, the one thing he wanted more women, including his daughter, to know – “that they alone are enough”.