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Channing Tatum's letter to his daughter will pull at your heartstrings

“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”

a photograph of channing tatum's wife jenna dewan holding their daughter

Photo: Courtesy of @channingtatum via Instagram

Channing Tatum might be best known for his insane Magic Mike dance moves (and, OK, his amazing abs, too), but he’s getting attention for another reason ATM.

The actor, husband and father of one just wrote an inspiring open letter to his three-year-old daughter Everly  for Cosmopolitan. If you can read it without weeping, congrats!

The letter opens with Channing explaining that when Cosmo asked him to write something for their readers in honour of “Magic Mike Live” opening in Las Vegas, he immediately thought about his daughter reading it someday. “I pictured her in her late teens or early 20s, hoping to explore and discover her sexuality and dreaming about finding true love,” he wrote.

channing tatum's daughter with a goat in a barn

Photo: Courtesy of @channingtatum via Instagram

He writes openly about his hopes for his daughter, particularly in how she understands love, men and sex. “I tried to imagine the things I’d want her to read that would help her understand men and sex and partnership better, and at that moment, I realized a strange thing,” he wrote. “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 37-year-old actor goes on to write lovingly about his wife, fellow actor and dancer, Jenna Dewan-Tatum. “That radical authenticity of hers was what made me fall head over heels in love. Before I experienced it, I wouldn’t have known how to ask for it. Now I know it’s what I was always craving.”

“And that’s what I want for my daughter — to be expectation-less with her love and not allow preconceived standards to affect her, to ask herself what she wants and feel empowered enough to act on it.”

Read the full letter here (and then pass the tissues).

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