Channing Tatum is an American actor who began his Hollywood career in 2004 starring in an episode of CSI: Miami. He is also a dancer and model, however, he is popularly known as an actor. Channing gained his big break a year later with the movie Step Up and solidified his movie star status with the G.I. Joe action film series, Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street – as he equally starred in their individual sequels.
Although he has achieved so much success in his personal life, his personal life has not been without some bumps most especially with his failed marriage to Jenna Dewan.
Channing Tatum’s Love Life And Failed Marriage
Back in 2015, a fake news site came out claiming that Tatum has announced that he is sexually attracted to his gender. Irrespective of the fact that many believed the story and circulated it, it was nothing more than the fake news that it was. Tatum, to the best of our knowledge, is neither gay nor bisexual. He is straight.
The actor was married to actress and dancer, Jenna Dewan for a good number of years before they parted ways. The two met while filming the 2006 film Step Up. However, it was after the film wrapped up that they began dating officially. By 2008, they got engaged, and then in 2009, they cemented their relationship by getting married. They tied the knot in a ceremony at Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California.
Their union was blessed with a daughter Everly Tatum who was born on May 20, 2013, in London. However, to the shock of everyone, the beloved couple announced that things had broken down for them in 2018 and they had divorced after separating for some time, thus bring an end to their 9-year-old marriage.
Although the breakup affected Dewan in many ways than one, the two still managed to remain close for the sake of their daughter. After a short custody battle, they decided on 50/50 custody of their daughter.
All About Channing’s Other Relationships Besides His Marriage
Since the end of their marriage, both Tatum and Dewan have moved on with their separate lives and have found love with other people. The actress later found love in actor and singer Steve Kazee. Although they are still not married, they now have a son together, Callum Michael Rebel Kazee, who was born in February 2020.
On his part, Tatum has also not been idle in the relationship market either. In October 2018, it came to the notice of the public that he was in a relationship with the singer, Jessie J after they were spotted together in Seattle, Washington. By November, they were already attending each other’s shows, and then in 2019, they took their love to social media with a public display of affection.
However, by November 2019, they ended their relationship briefly before finding their ways back to each other’s arms. This was not to last a very long time as by April 2020, news emerged that although the two really cared about each other walking their separate ways was best; they ended the relationship.
Even before getting married, the actor had dated other women. Following his 2006 film with Amanda Bynes, She’s the Man, there were reports that that the two were probably dating. Although there were pictures of them together, neither of them came out to confirm what was speculated.
Early Life And Beginnings of Channing Tatum
Channing Matthew Tatum was born on April 26, 1980, in Cullman, Alabama. He spent most of his childhood growing up in a rural community in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Tatum attended high school in Tampa, Florida where he was an active athlete, playing soccer, football, and running the tracks. He was voted the most athletic in 1998, the year he graduated.
He would then earn a football scholarship to attend Glenville State College in West Virginia. However, he dropped out and started working as a roofer. Subsequently, he worked as a stripper and in 2000, appeared in Ricky Martin’s music video for his song – She Bangs; a gig for which he was paid $400. Channing would later decide to try his hands on modeling which got him a spot in the industry with Page Parkes Modeling Agency in Florida.
In no time, Tatum was representing big brands like Armani, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Nautica. He later signed with Ford Models, an agency in New York, in 2001 and represented more big brands like Emporio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and American Eagle Outfitters.
Acting And Hollywood Breakthrough
Tatum’s first acting gig was a small role in the crime series CSI: Miami. In 2005, he made his feature film debut in Coach Carter opposite Samuel L. Jackson. That same year, he had roles in Havoc, Supercross, and as well, in Steven Spielberg‘s War of the Warlords.
The year 2006 proved to be a successful one for Tatum as he landed his big break. It came in the dance drama Step Up where he starred opposite Jenna Dewan to whom he is now married. The movie was a box office hit, grossing $114.2 million from a $12 million budget. More to that, it spawned a sequel that was even more successful – Step Up 2: The Streets.
2009 was another significant year in Tatum’s career. He appeared in two high budget movies – Public Enemies and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra; both of the movies were huge box office hits. Meanwhile, Tatum has proved his versatility, taking up action, comedy and romantic roles respectively on Haywire, 21 Jump Street, Dilemma and Dear John, The Vow.
His Ultimate Success with Magic Mike
Tatum’s most lucrative period yet came between 2012 and 2013. As the actor has established himself to be a box-office darling, he was landing huge roles at an impressive pace. However, his biggest moneymaker would be in a self-produced and self-financed movie. Tatum came up with the idea of doing a movie about his experience as a stripper. But, instead of attempting to convince studios to finance the movie, he decided to take on the role, joining forces with movie director Steven Soderbergh.
They spent $7 million to finance the movie titled Magic Mike and fortunately it was a box office blast! Against that small budget, the movie grossed a whopping $167 million at the worldwide box office. With only Warner Bros to pay for her part in distribution, Tatum and Soderberg split most of the profit among themselves. It was a huge payday for them.
Within this same period, Tatum struck the jackpot with movies like 21 Jump Street, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and White House Down. These gigs combined to give him a paycheck of $60 million which saw him make his debut on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list at 23rd place.
While Tatum continued to soar, his decision to star in Jupiter Ascending which as speculated, became a flop, saw him rank third among the world’s overpaid actors with $1 received on every $6 earned at the box office. Between 2014 and 2015, Tatum, made $29 million per Forbes’ calculations, making him the 14th highest-paid actor in the world in 2015.
Channing made a huge success with the sequel of Magic Mike, Magic Mike XXL (2015). It grossed $122 million from a production budget of $14.8 million. The actor has also successfully taken the movie to Broadway. He voiced Superman in the animation hit The Lego Movie and its sequel.
How Much Has Channing Tatum Earned From His Endeavors?
Without any doubt, he has worked his way into becoming one of the most important and sought after actors in Hollywood and has paid his dues. Thanks to this, Channing Tatum has a net worth estimated at $80 million. He made his fortune from his successful acting career and his various endorsement deals.
He also owns the production company 33&Out. The company’s first production was the 2010 documentary film drama Earth Made of Glass. Outside the show business, Channing Tatum owns a line of vodka called Born and Bred in collaboration with Idaho-based Grand Teton Distillery.
His awards include; 4 Teen Choice Awards, 1 People’s Choice Awards, and 1 MTV Movie Awards.