Channing Tatum Knocked Us Out With a Beautiful Letter to His Daughter

May 10, 2017 at 11:35 a.m. ET
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What would it be like to have Magic Mike as your dad? Well, we don't have an answer for that, as we'd really prefer not to think about our dads as fictional exotic dancers if we can help it.

But now we know a little something about what it's like to have Channing Tatum as your dad — and it's pretty great.

Recently the Magic Mike star (and co-creator of Magic Mike Live in Las Vegas) wrote an essay for Cosmopolitan in which he talked about his hopes for his daughter, Everly, 4.

In the essay, Tatum first praised his wife (and Everly's mom), Jenna Dewan Tatum, for her "radical authenticity."

"[That] 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,” he said. Excuse us while we fan ourselves with white lacy handkerchiefs.

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“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.”

Wow. Channing Tatum, we knew we liked you, but holy cow, we may have underestimated you. What an amazing, powerful statement for a daughter to hear from her father.

Tatum said that when he wrote the essay, he pictured Everly reading it in her late teens or early 20s when she was beginning to "explore and discover her sexuality and dreaming about finding true love."

One of the most moving parts of Tatum's essay? His hope for his daughter to cultivate fearlessness.

“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. 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.”

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Tatum continued, "So I guess if there’s one thing that I think men wish women knew, it’s just that they alone are enough. When more women start to truly feel this power in themselves, the world will become so magical, it makes my head hurt.”

Damn, Channing Tatum. You're making our heads spin. Man Crush Monday just turned into #MCMTWThFri.