Channing and Jenna Dewan-Tatum Expecting First Child

12/17/2012 at 12:10 PM ET

Channing Tatum Jenna Dewan-Tatum Expecting First Child
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Channing Tatum is set to earn another title: Sexiest Dad Alive.

The actor and his wife Jenna Dewan-TatumΒ “are pleased to announce that they are expecting the birth of their first child next year,”Β reps for the couple confirm to PEOPLE exclusively.

Crowned PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive in November, the Magic Mike star admitted he and the American Horror Story: Asylum actress, both 32, had babies on the brain, adding a family wasn’t too far off in their future.

“I’m ready; I think she’s ready,” Tatum told PEOPLE recently. “The first number that pops into my head is three, but I just want one to be healthy and then we’ll see where we go after that.”

Left up to Tatum, the couple — who wed in Malibu in 2009 — would be going the distance … all the way into the double digits. “It’s really easy for us guys to say, ‘I want like 15 kids,'” he noted. “Jenna will be like, ‘Well you better get another wife!'”

— Anya Leon with reporting by Julie Jordan and Antoinette Coulton

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Abby on

That will probably be the most beautiful baby in the entire world.(besides my own of course :)) Congrats!

bb on

Great, but why does this deserve a breaking news banner at the top? Do not think people care THAT much!

Brooke on

You’re wrong, bb, we do. ha.

Anna on

haha Brooke, of course we do!!!

Lauren on

No we don’t care that much Brooke. How about we figure out better ways to protect children in schools. Who cares about his having a baby. Worry about who’s going to protect your kids in school.

Meredith on

Uh, you’re reading PEOPLE Magazine’s website. You do realize that, yes? It’s a magazine featuring celebrity news.

Rachel on

Lol right bb!

Marley on

You do realize you’re reading a “Celebrity” Magazine bb? We DO care because it’s a story we can read and smile about, and it gives all our minds a break from the horror of Friday’s tragedy. If you’re offended by a celebrity magazines reporting on a celebrity, go browse on CNN.

cat on

Aww! Congrats to both! They seem so sweet and down to earth!

Stacey on

Hahahaha, he sounds like my husband! Congrats to the new family!

Kelli on

I hate that I am happy about this. But good for them. πŸ™‚

Nina on

I think that’s awesome-they are an adorable couple. Regardless of what is going on in this country right now, a new life is a blessing and I wish them nothing but happiness and joy.

Tara on

I’m not sure that it’s breaking news that should have the urgent red banner to announce it. But so happy for the couple, they seem super sweet, nothing but best wishes for them.

sookie on

Celebrities who get married first before having babies! What a novelty!

Val on

I completely agree!!! I’m so happy for this couple, what wonderful news amidst all the sadness:)

BlueSkidoo on

Aww, this one makes me really happy. Congratulations to them!

Brenda on

Congrats to you both what a lucky little baby

Angelina on

I’m so excited and happy for the lovely couple! I wish them a smooth and healthy pregnancy!

Teresa on

Congrats,know the baby will be beautiful ❀

Lori on


Janet on

Congrats!! Best wishes for a healthy baby πŸ™‚

Linda on

Awww!!! Congratulations Chan and Jenna!!!!

Paige on

Congratulations and best wishes! Love them!

Michelle on

Congrats, what a beautiful baby that will be!

dancer92136 on

I thought she was hiding a bump last night on the VH1 Divas…congratulations

Sarah S. on

Too bad Jenna’s photo from last night’s VH1 Divas show isn’t shown here. She was radiant in that pale blue empire-style dress. Yay, I am so happy for them and congrats! πŸ™‚

Mallory on

I was watching Step Up Saturday and during the montage of Tyler and Nora falling in love I was wondering if we were really watching Jenna and Channing falling in love.

pb on

so happy for them!! they’re an adorable, down to earth, beautiful couple!! that baby is going to be gorgeous!! hope they have a GIRL!! πŸ™‚ ❀

Sara on

Awwww! That’s so awesome! πŸ™‚

Ke on

I knew it! When I saw Jenna on Divas Live with that dress and then she touched her stomach I said to myself, ‘They’re pregnant!’ Congratulations!

christine Sommers on

Oh I will glady give him 15 kids hahaha!

She was touching her belly @ the VHIDIVA’S show so I kinda knew πŸ˜‰

Congrats to them both πŸ™‚

Lady on

I’m devastated….lol jk! Congrats to them, the baby will be gorgeous no doubt about it!

Carrie on

finally! πŸ™‚ congrats to Chan & Jenna πŸ™‚ im happy for the couple πŸ™‚ sending Lβ™₯tsOfLβ™₯ve & SweetCare for them πŸ™‚ _ Manila,Philippines πŸ™‚

Cindy on

Congrats to the happy couple!! May god bless their new family!

Heatherrrp on

That will be the most beautiful baby on the world

Lisa on

This baby just hit the gene pool lottery! Congrats!

Monique on

Thats going to be one gorgeous baby!

Mandy on

To those wondering why there’s a breaking news banner, I think the reasoning goes along with the act that he was/is this year’s sexiest man alive.

dianne on

Funny, Jenna was just interviewed live on tv and was asked the baby question – she said when the time is right, it will happen. If they are releasing this info to People, shouldn’t she have admitted it on tv?

Nadine on

Many people choose to wait until they are 3 months along before sharing their news. When she was doing that interview she probably wasn’t that far along or may not have even known yet. Not that it’s any of our business anyway!

fanofboardwalkempire on

Congratulations to the happy family. I just love this couple and know that their baby will be so very cute!

Nancy on

Noooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. I was supposed to have Channing’s baby!


trista on

Noooooooooooooo!!! I am suppose to b the only for him!! Idk y it makes me so mad for……I almost have one of him at home already!

Mockingbird94 on

Congrats!!! This is gonna be a really beautiful baby! I can’t wait!!!!

Tye on

He’s married?, see this is what he didn’t want us to know :)). Not that I care. Sexiest Man Alive, yeah right! My fiance looks better.

Nicnac on

Unless you live under a rock, Tye, it’s a super well known fact that he’s married. (Has been for 4 years, and adores her.)

Wish there were more Hollywood couples like that. Not to mention doing it all in the right order. πŸ˜€

Audrey on

Awww if its a little boy, you know he’s going to be a mini magic mike lol

denise on

Great news best of luck!!!!!

Christy Jo on

I can’t think of any other couple that deserve congratulations more!! I just love these two and wish them many many happy years with a house full of tiny baby feet pitter pattering!! Congrats Channing and Jenna, May God bless your home!!! ❀

Mrs.hannen on

That baby will sooo beautiful!! O im soo happy for them! They deserve a healthy baby! U can tell they will be great parents! Hopes its a boy! πŸ™‚ id give him more then 15 kids n alot of good pratice lol jk.. Congrats to them n their families! πŸ˜€

shannon on

oh so can’t wait to see the baby when it’s born this is going to be the longest 9 months ever lol oh the wait is painful

Ashley on

Congrats Channing & Jenna. You are in for a wonderful treat πŸ™‚

delarosa54 on

Congrats on the baby

Beth on

This will definitely be a gorgeous baby. Beautiful mom and and a sexy/gorgeous/handsome/beautiful/amazing/ well you get the picture father. Congrats!!!

DebbieLG on

Congratulations to them! And for the naysayers, it is ‘breaking news’ for an entertainment site! You’re on, not!!


Good-looking guy, but definitely far from sexiest man alive.

Congrats! πŸ™‚

sfcasun on

Congrats to them both — LOVE Channing Tatum!

Nicnac on

I had to Google last night’s pics, and she DEF had a baby bump. Far more sizable that “Pregnant Kate”. I’m guessing she’s probably around 16-18 weeks ish.

Congrats Tatums!

Chi on

Congrats to the happy couple!

Joanna on

Finally! With all these celebrities either having babies before getting married, being pregnant while walking down the aisle, or having a baby mear months after getting married, waiting 3 years seems like an eternity. Let the bump watch begin. So happy for the two of them. Maybe if it’s a boy, he can one day follow in his daddy’s foot steps as “Sexiest Man Alive!”

Angela on

I agree with Abby! That child will be off the charts gorgeous! Congratulations to them!

Bonnie on

That’s going to be one beautiful kid!

akri on

Aww..good for them! I’m jealous it’s not me…:)

Vanessa on

She is so freakin lucky! haha. That baby will be beautiful!!!

Anonymous on

aweeeeeeee! this is so cute! Congrats to them.

Tracee on

You know that is going to be one beautiful baby!!!!!! ❀

AnniePoo on

I could tell when I saw her on VH1 Divas last night. Lol. CONGRATS!

slr on

Yay, finally some HAPPY news! Congrats to them!

Anonymous on

Obviously it’s going to be breaking news on a gossip magazine Chesus it’s not like this is CNN. People relax!

UnKnown on

Congrats to Channing and his wife, that is awesome news πŸ™‚

And to those who clicked on LOL its nice to see idiots out there who think this is funny!

Lori on

I bet Magic Mike was the cause of her getting pregnant. πŸ˜‰

T. on

that will definitely be one beautiful baby

Alia on

I am really happy for them and I really don’t want to be negative, but I have a feeling their marriage won’t last more than a few more years, especially with the stress of a kid brought into it. I feel that he has obviously gotten to be a much bigger celebrity than her, and this is gonna cause problems for them. It would be different if she wasn’t also in the acting business, but she is, and pretty soon she is gonna get tired of living in his shadow and staying home raising the kid. Just saying it like I see it, no need to write “you’re negative” remarks ’cause I already said it.

Becky on

Shouldn’t be too surprised, her face has been looking fuller. I’m happy for them. It’s time, they’ve been married long enough to jump on the baby band wagon. Congratulations to them.

shannon on

After reading some interviews with them, I have no doubt that Chan and Jenna are going to be excellent parents. Hoping everything goes well for them.

FarFlung on

What??!! Not a single comment from starry-eyed bimbos about how happy they’d be to have several of Channing’s 15 children?

And you all do know that, statistically, VERY attractive couples tend to have rather plain -looking, and often downright ugly, babies, right? (j/k)

Andrea on

Finally! This baby is going to be unbearably cute! I was waiting for long for this news!

Lisa on

Soooo happy for them, got the biggest smile on my face. πŸ˜€ wish them the best

SoNotHollywood on

That is going to be one gorgeous baby!

Kelley on

Congrats! How funny….because there was a Yahoo article recently that listed couples that were childless – this couple was on the list. I knew Channing & Jenna were not going to stay childless.

antskip2 on

They are going to be some beautiful parents to an even more beautiful baby.

Monica on

Good news to hear! And I agree with Jenny. This IS an entertainment mag. We are not supposed to mourn forever. Life goes on. Pray constantly but don’t be afraid to enjoy life. It’s too short. And that doesn’t make Jenny insensitive.

Tina on

Congrats to them!

jenny on

Lauren, i will take that for what it’s worth from someone who has no idea who i am- thanks for the giggle πŸ˜‰

Jeeny on

This is nice and all for them, but really, breaking news????

Elara on

I wondered if and when they would have a little one. They’ve been married for a while now and they seem like they would be great parents. That little baby is going to be so cute!

Amanda on

Why is it insensitive that they posted some good news as breaking news? In my opinion, we can use all the good news we can get right now! As some commenters have said, life goes on and we should not mourn forever. I think People has done a good job of paying respects to those that were lost but if we keep everything negative then evil has won! The best thing we can do is focus on the good in life and not let a tragedy break our spirits. I am thrilled for these two and send my best wishes for a healthy baby!!!

tori on

Figured as much seeing he just announced he isn’t making any movies in the next year but taking the time off.

nikki on

Congrats!!!! I’m so happy for them! I don’t think this is an inappropriate timr to announce this, it’s the perfect time. With all the sadness and fear for our children we are all feeling right now, it’s nice to have some good news come our way!

La La La on

What is wrong with you people who don’t think stories like this deserve to be at the top of the news? The name of this online magazine is “People”. The print copy does stories on non-celebrities, but the online edition mostly covers celebrities. What is so diffiult to understand about that? If you don’t like it, all you have to do is exit and go outside and play like the children you are.

nate on

They’re going to be such great parents!

Linda Chadwick on

The media should refer to the baby as a “Tatum Tot”.

Silvia T on

Sooooooooooooo jealous! But so happy for them! Congrats!

L on

This is going to be the most gorgeous baby alive!!!

Dawn on

I’m thrilled for them. They have given their marriage time to bloom, just the two of them, and now they created life. That being said…..he may change is tune about wanting 15 once he has one or two under the roof. Raising kids is hard work! β™₯

shellbell on

And I though he only loved me!!

Amy on

CONGRATS!!!!, theres no doubt that this baby will be gorgeous

Tiffany on

awww, yay!

Roberta on

Congratulations! I think they will make excellent parents!

Vanessa on

That will be a gorgeous looking baby!

Vanessa on

Nobody is taking anything away from the CT shooting, but it’s nice to have some good news. The last few days have been so emotional.

rachel on

Congrats to both..Such beautiful people.. I hope everything goes good..

Becca on

The ones with negative don’t care remarks, why are you even here. You read it, you wouldn’t be if not. Baah humbug to you. Congratulations to the new parents to be..

Abby on

Sweet! Congrats!!!

holly on

I had a good laugh at the red banner, is this Peoples way of trying to seem like the American people have an baby on the way that’s going to upstage the British? Whatever the reason, it’s hilarious how hard up the celebrity gossip sites are for news (though I do love baby announcements) 😊

Lisa on

I’m sad because he is so amazingly hot. Good for her that she locked him down.

Julianna on

Theirs is surely going to be one gorgeous kid. Congrats!

Sherri on

Congrats!!! Loved this couple since Step Up

kelli on

congratulations !!!!! I’m so happy for you

cyn on

This ruined my day!!!

J in NYC on

What an “exclusive!” She was on Access Hollywood just this very morning and Billy Bush asked her about starting a family. She rambled on about when it’s time/divine intervention. How lame.

Anonymous on

so happy for these two!

Harley on

If that kid gets her eyes and half their looks…Lord help us all lol

momofcasa on

This is the Top Story?!!! Is this what we have become and only care about? SAD!

Cynthia on

congrats jenna & channing!!!! can’t wait to see their beautiful baby!!!

biscuit on


Kim on

In the wake of the horrible news, why not share the wonderful news of a new life being created? Calling someone a wretched being in itself is wretched. Put a smile on your face for crying out loud. Or go somewhere else!

Lisa on

I’d be glad to volunteer to have his multiple kids if his wife doesn’t want to. πŸ™‚

Myx Nieva on

Amazing!! I can’t wait for the baby to come out!!

Alexis on

Well….this is bittersweet news. So happy for Jenna & Channing, but I was supposed to have his first child. πŸ™‚

Taylorgirl on

I’m sure they will have a GORGEOUS baby!

Cathleen on

He/She will be one gorgeous baby! Congratulations to Jenna and Channing!!

Brooke on

YAY!!!! Congratulations Channing and Jenna!!!!!

It got a banner because he is the sexiest man alive 2012! πŸ˜€

Sonia on

Congratulations tol you both. Didn’t think he could get any hotter! LOL

Sheila on

That will be one beautiful baby. Congrats to them both!!!!

Kate on

Well damn…I guess this makes it official that he’s not going to leave her for me. Just my luck.

Alexandra on

@Alia They’ve been together for 6 years already. You act like they got married on a whim and this child was supposed to save their marriage or something. Good grief.

LM on

Yay, congrats! They will make a beautiful family.

Alayna on

Congratulations!! They’re a great couple. They met at work- like many couples do. They dated, got engaged, got married, stayed married for 3 years and then decided to have a family- Stable couple. Love them!! I wish her an easy and healthy pregnancy and hope they have a happy and healthy baby. It will be one beautiful baby! I truly believe they are going to be one of those couples like Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick who have been for nearly 25 years and have 2 children….Love! Congrats!

Anonymous on

J in NYC- I’m guessing that they had already agreed to give the announcement exclusively to people, hence why Jenna didn’t admit to being pregnant on the talk show! πŸ™‚

Alia- And how do you know she’s going to be staying at home with the kid? Plenty of actresses who have kids continue to act, even when their partner also acts! Also, as someone else pointed out, Channing recently announced that he’s taking a year off from films, so it sounds like he and Jenna will BOTH be home taking care of the baby for his/her first year of life! πŸ™‚

That being said, I understand your comments, but since there’s a child involved, I’m choosing to think positvely. πŸ™‚

Anyway, congrats to them…and I have to laugh at the “expecting the birth of their first child next year” part of the rep’s statement. Um, considering the fact that December is more than half over and Jenna is clearly not nine months pregnant, I think we could figured that out for ourselves! πŸ˜‰

“Expecting the birth of their first child” would have worked just fine! πŸ™‚

Anonymous on

Also, it makes me smile to think that baby Tatum was more than likely already on the way when Channing made his comments to PEOPLE last month. πŸ™‚

Vanessa on

Soooo happy for them! I’ve been waiting for this. It’s going to be an ultra beautiful baby. And they are going to be excellent parents, they deserve it too. Congrats!!!!!

Erin on

To all those you there who are upset that this is “breaking news.” You are on Go to CNN”s website if you want to read something that isn’t fun.

Anonymous on

Congrats to Jenna and Channing! (My name is Jenna too–hee hee πŸ™‚ It’s refreshing to hear about a couple who gets MARRIED first before having a child. Both seem to be class acts and will make great parents! Hope it’s a girl, but a healthy baby boy would suffice too! Best wishes again!

Tammy on

Wow! They’ve been married over three years. That’s gotta be one of the longest marriages in Hollywood.



jamelle on

That is going to be one heck of a cute baby.

Kimberly on

bb, it’s a CELEB MAGAZINE. What else are they supposed to report?

NickyAngel on

Congrats to the happy couple πŸ™‚

cynnchillahh on

Omg this is gonna be the most beautiful baby ever!! They’re so Lucky, i hope channing and Jenna stay together untill the end of time! Love you guys

Ashley on

She’s gorgeous! Him? Eh, not so much…..can’t see what the fuss is about him.

Anonymous on

Hope you have a gorgeous baby.Best wishes for you

MissJackieM on

I live in Connecticut (Hartford) and this is like a ray of sunshine to me. Congratulations Jenna and Channing !! (Not only will there baby be gorgeous,but I bet they’ll spoil it to pieces !!).

Anonymous on

Nadine- Jenna did the interview (a LIVE one, so it no-pretaping!) just hours before this announcement was posted, actually (and techinically, the two may have happened around the same time if the interview took place in California, as this article, as you can see above, was posted at 12:10 EASTERN time….which is three hours ahead of Pacific time!).

But as I said earlier, they had probably already agreed to give PEOPLE the exclusive on the baby news and thus had to keep it under wraps to other media outlets until PEOPLE posted it! πŸ™‚

Anonymous on

Also meant to say that Channing’s wife isn’t just “someone”. Her name is Jenna, and she is famous in her own right (she’s an actress).

Anonymous on

Sorry, one other thing. What exactly do you expect an entertainment magazine to have as breaking news on their website (yes, PEOPLE DOES report on “real word” stories, too, but they are first and foremost an entertainment magazine, meaning that most of the time, their breaking news is going to be about celebrities)?!

NT on

bb, Guest and other Debbie Downers…

No one is saying this is “breaking news”. However, you are on a website about celebrities, hence the news about this celebrity pregnancy.

If you want breaking news, visit CNN.


delight on

uhm all i really got to say is that it aint as easy as it looks are seems but its ganna be one of the best things that will ever happen to you…!!!:)…wish you good luke and ill keep you your baby and your wife in my prayers..for sure

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