Channing Tatum: I Won’t Medicate My Child


Sitting down to talk to Vanity Fair for their July cover story, Channing Tatum opens up about becoming a father.

The Magic Mike actor who welcomed daughter Everly Tatum alongside wife Jenna  five days ago says he doesn’t believe one can prepare for parenthood.

“I don’t think you can prepare,” Tatum reasoned. “It’s a bit of a freestyle.”

He adds that no parent is perfect.

 “[My parents] weren’t perfect. I don’t know anyone who did have perfect parents. 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,” new dad insists.

Currently shooting Jupiter Ascending in the UK, the actor tell of being medicated while struggling in school as a child.

“I truly believe some people need medication,” he clarified. “I did not. I did better at school when I was on it, but it made me a zombie. You become obsessive.”

Channing admits the drugs did not work in the long run for him and actually made his problems worse.

“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.”

The star insists he will never medicate his child.

“I understand why kids kill themselves. I absolutely do. You feel terrible. You feel soul-less. I’d never do it to my child,” he tells.

To read the full interview pick up magazine on newsstands on June 6.