In a recent episode of the Dear Gabby podcast, Dewan was interviewed and described her parenting experiences. She revealed that she struggled to balance motherhood alongside her hectic work schedule, something that was only compounded by the fact Tatum himself had a demanding work schedule following the birth of their first daughter. Dewan revealed to the host how difficult it was at the time for both parents, revealing that she’d had to travel to and give birth in London, where Tatum was filming a project. Following the birth of Everly, Dewan then had to go back to work, saying: “It was me, my doula and [Everly], all by ourselves, traveling when she was 6, 7 weeks, to Vancouver.”
“Thinking ignorance is bliss, I thought, ‘Ok, I think I can do that. You know, it’ll be like 2 months after, and I’ll be able to have her on set,’” said Dewan. “That was really hard. Because that was long hours. I did have her on set with me constantly - it was just really difficult.”
The actress explained that along with her busy schedule, without Tatum there due to his work schedule, she developed postpartum anxiety. “I had a lot of postpartum anxiety,” she said. “It was like I just never stopped. You know, you’re up a couple times in the night, and you’re working all day. I was breastfeeding, I was pumping, I was without a partner. I mean, it was just craziness.”
While Dewan’s openness about her experience should be applauded, publications have been quick to brand it as the actress hitting out against Tatum, with some even going so far as to publish salacious gossip and headlines that conjure images of Tatum being an absent dad, which is far from the case. It’s forced Dewan to share a message to her personal Instagram, in which she wrote: “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.”
Dewan continued: “As two working parents, we both faced challenges at the time, but I speak only for myself and not about him. Anyone who actually listens to the interview, something I encourage everyone to do, will clearly see that my words have been distorted for clicks and to push false, salacious gossip with no regard for the actual people involved, or the message intended.”
It’s a disappointing moment, particularly in 2021. At a time where we should be lifting each other up and talking openly about postpartum issues without shame or judgment, instead the media has turned Dewan’s personal experience into one intended to drive clicks and cast two Hollywood stars into the spotlight.