Channing Tatum Is Lucky He's Even Married After His 'Cruel' Proposal Prank on Jenna Dewan-Tatum

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum
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The average engagement story will make you gag from all the sweetness at worse, or having you clapping with excitement at best. No matter the plan, most "Will you marry me?" efforts are typically positive. Channing Tatum's proposal prank on now-wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum would've likely landed him in the hospital under normal circumstances. But thankfully, this insensitive "gotcha!" resulted in a happily ever after.

  • Channing recalled the "cruel" trick he played on Jenna right before the actor decided to "Step Up" and propose.

    Jenna and Channing starred in the 2006 film Step Up and soon after started dating.

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  • "When I proposed to my wife I did something pretty cruel because I thought she was on to me," Tatum revealed during a BBC Radio 1 interview.

    "I basically told her I never wanted to get married to try to throw her off," he told Nick Grimshaw during the discussion.

  • "I told her, 'I don't believe in the institution of marriage and I don't think I ever want to get married.' She basically broke down crying."

    Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum
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  • "I thought, 'This is not going well at all' so I had to propose to her sooner rather than later," Tatum mentioned during the interview.

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    Notice we're not smiling? That's because this is messed up on every level.

  • Thankfully, Channing got his life together and later proposed to Jenna in Maui. The pair, who married in 2009, have been together ever since.

    While Channing was able to bounce back from his prank -- and go on to get married and start a family (Jenna and Channing are proud parents to 4-year-old Everly) -- let this serve as an important lesson to us all:

    Just don't.