Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum Expecting Their First Child!

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Christmas is coming a little early for the Sexiest Man Alive — Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum are expecting their first child! The happy couple released a statement to PEOPLE that read, “[They] are pleased to announce that they are expecting the birth of their first child next year.” The couple married in July 2009 after meeting on set of their dance flick Step Up in 2006.

If you love the She’s the Man star, you probably saw this news coming, after he talked about starting a family with PEOPLE last month in his Sexist Man Alive issue. He told the magazine, “I’m ready; I think she’s ready.” So, now that they’re expecting their first kid, how many do they want down the line? 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.” While the number of kids is still up in the air, one thing is for sure —  they’re going to have one good-looking kid on their hands!

This exciting news is definitely helping the 32-year-old star and his wife end their year on a high note. Not only did Channing star in three of the year’s biggest movies (The Vow, 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike), but his wife also has a high-profile guest spot on FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum.

This might also explain why Channing recently told Entertainment Weekly that he will be taking a break from acting in the coming year. He told the mag,  “[Reid and I] have about three to four ideas that we love that are all in the hopper. By the end of next year, we’re going to shut things down and write the first thing that we’re going to direct. We’re going to be like, alright, no more acting parts for a minute, let’s take a few and really get caring about that section of our career.” He continued, “I love the steps that I’ve taken acting-wise. That has been a wild sort of exploration. But I don’t want to just keep putting [directing] off for these fun and incredible opportunities.”

Well, that, and the fact that he is going to be a dad! We’re sure the fact his wife is pregnant factored in to his decision to take a break. Just another reason to love him. Congrats to the happy couple!

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