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There was a method to Channing Tatum’s madness when he bared his chest to announce his upcoming children’s book last year.
The hunky “Magic Mike” star was taking the opportunity to share with other single fathers that it was okay to go all in and enter the fantasy world of their little daughters.
For Parents magazine’s May 2021 edition, Tatum opened up about the advice he has for his fellow single parents – especially for men who are raising girls.
“I want dads not to be afraid to go into their daughter’s world and discover who they are,” he shared, admitting that he felt that same initial resistance at the beginning of his journey.
The actor shares 7-year-old Everly, whom he describes as being “bold, beautiful, and magical in every way,” with ex-wife Jenna Dewan.
“When I became a single father, I had a lot of fear about connecting to Everly in every way that a little girl might want. I didn’t wear nail polish or know how to braid hair,” Tatum confessed. “But now I do both.”
“I paint my face, I wear tutus – rarely am I around the house without some sort of costume on,” the father-of-one said before explaining how proud he is to share such special moments with his baby girl.
“I jumped with both feet into this magical world, and I was rewarded with a kind of love that I don’t think I would have ever been able to have otherwise.”
Most famous for his role as a stripper/exotic dancer, the Cullman, Alabama, native raised eyebrows when posted a snapshot of him wearing a cooking apron, pink fairy wings and a frog princess sleeping mask last September.
“I ended up accidentally locking myself in my 7-year-old daughter’s room,” he explained. “And I ended up finding my inner child.”
The “21 Jump Street” star was reading his new book, “The One and Only Sparkella,” to his Everly’s stuffed unicorn and plethora of princess-themed toys.
The picture book, “The One and Only Sparkella,” arrives May 4.
According to the official website, the book is “a charming ode to self-esteem and the love between a father and daughter.”
Everly was the inspiration behind it, since reading served as another connection point for daddy and daughter.
“We usually get to five books per night,” he revealed. “I’ll read one, and then she’ll read one, and so forth.”