Channing Tatum Talks Fatherhood & His “Soul-less” Childhood And Says “I Worry About [Justin] Bieber”
Now that Channing Tatum has welcomed his first child, daughter Everly, with wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum, People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” is reflecting on his own childhood in the July 2013 issue of Vanity Fair.
“I don’t know anyone who did have perfect parents,” Channing says. “It’s provided me with lessons I’ll try to improve upon when I’m up to bat. I’m just going to be a good friend to my kid. One thing I definitely want to change is that whole ‘I don’t want you to make the same mistakes’ mentality. My dad didn’t have much money growing up; he didn’t have much of an education. He forced that on me, and I didn’t want it.”
Education was so important to Channing’s father growing up, he was even put on study drugs. “I truly believe some people need medication,” he says. “I did not. I did better at school when I was on it, but it made me a zombie. You become obsessive. Dexedrine, Adderall. It’s like any other drug. It’s like coke, or crystal meth. The more you do, the less it works. For a time, it would work well. Then it worked less and my pain was more. I would go through wild bouts of depression, horrible comedowns. I understand why kids kill themselves. I absolutely do. You feel terrible. You feel soul-less. I’d never do it to my child.”
Speaking of children, Channing was also candid when talking about young celebrities, specifically Justin Bieber. “I don’t remember who said it, but I do believe that whatever age you become famous, you end up staying that age,” he said. “Because from that point you’re not asked to be a normal citizen. I broke through at 24 or 25. I had lived a pretty diverse life. When I was finally making money, I knew exactly what I needed…$5.67. I’d have one meal a day. I would go to Checkers and get the No. 1 with everything. I worry about Bieber, man. That kid’s wildly talented. I hope he doesn’t fall down into the usual ways of young kids because it’s so hard for someone to be responsible when they’re not asked to be.”
Read Channing’s entire interview with Vanity Fair here. VF dubbs Channing “An action hero that can act” on its cover. Do you agree?