Channing Tatum’s heartbreak as childhood best friend dies

Channing Tatum has opened up about his heartbreak after his childhood best friend died.

Sharing a snap of the two as young pals larking about on the football pitch, Channing paid an emotional tribute to his late BFF.

"Rip Corey I’ll never forget your crazy ass. I love you with all my heart. All my prayers to your beautiful family," he captioned the throwback picture on Instagram .

He also shared a statement in which he thanked Corey for sticking up for him when Channing first moved states.

"My very first best friend Corey Vaughn left this world for the next this Tuesday the 21st. Man there’s so much to say," he wrote.

"I’ll never forget his crazy ass and how he stuck up for and protected me when I first moved to Mississippi. He’d a fought anybody. All the laughs and trouble we go in.

"I’ll never be able to see that smile of his again in this life. And it just made me need to remind everybody don’t put off anything. Seeing a friend, or even calling or texting. You never know what’s next."

Channing then added: "Corey would have want us to laugh and raise hell in his wake and have as much joy as anyone can make. He sure did. And I’ll forever miss ya man. Love ya my brother."

It comes after a tough few months for the Magic Mike star, who split from his wife Jenna Dewan in April after months of reported partying while she juggled work with raising their four-year-old daughter Everly.

In a 2014 interview, the Magic Mike star admitted his boozy ways could be a problem for Jenna.

"I probably drink too much," he told Star magazine at the time. "My wife, that’s what she bought into."

And he hinted in 2015 how his work commitments overtook everything else – including time with his wife and daughter.

"None of this is easy but at the same time it’s everything I would have ever wanted," he told People magazine.

He confessed that he juggled work and family life "not very well", adding: "I’m lucky to have people that care enough to make sure I’m not screwing things up."

He continued by saying: "We’re [Jenna and I] a good support system for each other. We keep pushing each other to grow and be better. I don’t think I could do it any other way [than with her]."

There were reports of Channing’s alleged flirtatious behaviour with other women while he was filming Foxcatcher, with a source claiming to Star that he was acting like a single man on set – especially with one of his female co-stars.

"After they filmed a scene together, he began singing Total Eclipse Of The Heart to her and grinding up against her. Their faces were touching while they danced and he sang," one shocked witness reported at the time.

But Channing shut down reports that his behaviour was to blame for their marriage breakdown, with his rep stating: "Happy to clarify that absolutely none of these rumours are true. The reason our statement was so positive [was] because that’s the reality of the situation."

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