Channing Tatum Writes a Moving Open Letter to His Daughter

Channing Tatum penned a candid letter about individuality, sexuality, and partnership to Everly, his three-year-old daughter with Jenna Dewan Tatum, for Cosmopolitan.

Channing’s honest message arrives in honor of the launch of the Magic Mike Live show in Las Vegas in Cosmo’s June 2017 issue. In it, he imagines that Everly might find his article when she’s older, “in her late teens or early 20s, hoping to explore and discover her sexuality and dreaming about finding true love.”

The actor says that he wants her to be able to understand sex and partnerships when she seeks answers about such topics and for her to embrace who she is despite how the male gaze defines perfection. To elaborate, he recalls the moment he fell madly in love with his wife after she told him that she found everything she was looking for in life in him.

“I remember feeling this incredible rush — it was the sexiest thing she’d ever done for me,” Channing describes. “I felt strength, because in that moment, she had accepted every part of me, the good and the bad. And I knew she wasn’t auditioning me or hoping I’d meet some set of expectations. That radical authenticity of hers was what made me fall head over heels in love.”

He also discusses his viewpoint on women revolutionizing their societal role from antiquated standards.

“Women, especially, are realizing that they no longer have to conform to certain standards of social and sexual behavior, and this changes what they need from men and the role of men in general,” Channing writes.

He says that he modeled the Magic Mike Las Vegas show in response to this very idea.

“I want women to feel what it’s like to exist in a world where men really listen to them, where they treat them like goddesses, and where they can feel comfortable and proud to express the full force of their sexual energy together,” he explains. “I want them to experience a place where they are much more than enough”

Read the letter in its entirety over on Cosmo.com.