Friends of Channing Tatum hit back at claims he was unsupportive of ex-wife Jenna Dewan after daughter's birth

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Friends of Channing Tatum have hit back at claims he was unsupportive of ex-wife Jenna Dewan in the weeks following the birth of their daughter Everly. 

Dewan, 40, recently revealed on the podcast Dear Gabby that she felt as if the Magic Mike actor wasn't 'available' for her or Everly, now eight, as she recovered from the birth, as he was working in London. 

"I had to travel with her and at the time, Chan wasn't available to be with us for the most part," she revealed. "So, it was me, my doula and Evie all by ourselves travelling at six weeks."

"That was really hard because that was long hours. I did have her on set with me constantly. It was just really difficult."

Dewan also shared the toll of being the only parent able to resettle or feed at night took on her, saying she suffered 'a lot' of post-partum anxiety. 

According to TMZ however, friends of Tatum, 41, are disputing the claims, saying they've been misinterpreted and while he may not have been physically there to support Dewan, he'd tried to help out in other ways. 

Among the measures taken by The Hateful Eight star listed on TMZ was hiring Dewan a private plane to fly her, Everly and their doula to Canada and organising them a rental property.

The 'sources' quoted adding the new dad also travelled to visit them as often as he could once he returned to the US, even if he only had 24 hours spare between commitments. 

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Dewan too took to Instagram to clarify her comments, saying they'd been misconstrued. 

"It's unfortunate that countless media outlets have taken an important conversation on a woman's experience with postpartum issues and pulled quotes to make it appear that I was slamming my daughter's father, something I would never do," she wrote. 

"As two working parents, we both faced challenges at the time, but I speak only for myself and not about him."

Tatum told Parents magazine earlier this year he had been hesitant about becoming a single dad after splitting with Dewan in 2019, but said he's loved getting to know more about his daughter. 

"I want dads not to be afraid to go into their daughter's world and discover who they are. 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. But now I do both," he said.

"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."

"I paint my face, I wear tutus — rarely am I around the house without some sort of costume on."

The proud dad has also released his own children's bookThe One and Only Sparkella, inspired by Everly.