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Channing Tatum says ‘life kind of fell apart’ as he explains his 5-year absence

Channing Tatum says ‘life kind of fell apart’ as he explains his 5-year absence

Tatum is back to promote the third Magic Mike film.

Channing Tatum has reflected on his hiatus which lasted 'almost five years' and discussed how his life 'kind of fell apart'.

Ahead of the debut of the third and final Magic Mike film, the 42-year-old Hollywood star shared details about his career post-Magic Mike, his return to acting and the Gambit film he was meant to shoot.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, the 21 Jump Street star summed up a period of his life following the release of Magic Mike in 2012 when he 'got really busy, and then life kind of fell apart, and then I stopped working for almost five years'.

He realised he had 'stopped having fun' and was left 'devastated' when studio executives pulled the plug on the Gambit marvel movie he was developing alongside Reid Carolin.

“It got swallowed up into Disney by way of Marvel when they bought Fox, and ultimately I just think that the tone of the movie we wanted to make was very far from what they wanted to do—or, you know, maybe they’re waiting to see how they do it with us or without us," Tatum said.

“We call every once in a while, but we’ve got to spiritually, emotionally, kind of mentally let it go.”

The cancellation of the film was just one of the reasons why People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive 2012 took some time away from his blossoming career.

Tatum and Dewan divorced in 2019.
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“I was working a lot,” he shared. “I had gotten to work with some of my favorite directors. I had checked boxes that I would never have hoped to dream about. But something just wasn’t quite filling me up. I was sort of kind of just trying not to be bad in movies, instead of being good. And I was kind of going, ‘What’s…’ And it really had nothing to do with my work. It was really about my life.”

Tatum, who is currently dating Zoë Kravitz, also reflected on how his relationship with ex-wife Jenna Dewan ended.

“We fought for it for a really long time, even though we both sort of knew that we had sort of grown apart,” he said.

The Time magazine most influential people 2022 honouree was married to dancer and actress Dewan from 2009 until their divorce in 2019. They met on the set of the 2006 dance film Step Up and share one child, a nine-year-old daughter named Everly.

Tatum went on a hiatus after the success of Magic Mike.
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Tatum reflected: “It was probably exactly what I needed. I don’t think I would’ve ever done the work, I think, on myself in the way that I had to do the work on myself to really try to figure out what next. And really, it just started with my daughter. I just dropped everything and just focused on her. And it was truly the best possible thing that I ever could have done. Because in the alone time that I have with just me and her, we’ve become best friends.”

Magic Mike’s Last Dance will be released in cinemas on 10 February 2023.

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Topics: Film and TV, Channing Tatum, Celebrity