Actor Channing Tatum, who recently welcomed a daughter named Everly, has said he would never medicate his children unnecessarily because of the bas experience he had on medication when he was a teenager. Channing says he was put on a variety of drugs to help him learn at school and although they worked for a while, he also had wild mood swifts and felt like a zombie because of the meds:
“I truly believe some people need medication, 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.”
On his struggle to find fame and fortune, Channing says that often celebrities stay the same age in which they had a a broke through. He was surprised by the change:
“I don’t remember who said it, but I do believe that whatever age you become famous, you end up staying that age. 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.”
Opening up on his thoughts on Justin Bieber, Channing says he worries that he might have a breakdown some day because of how fame can change people, especially when they start young:
“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. We’re not asked to do things ourselves. You have someone there with a coffee. ‘You want food? I’ll get you food.’ I put my bag in the trunk yesterday—I can’t drive here—so my driver, great guy, Terry, amazing, I call him T-Bone, I drop my bag in and left the trunk open. And I get around to my door, and I’m like, ‘What the f–k am I doing? That’s not my behavior.’ ”
See what Channing has to say about parenting over at CelebBabyLaundry!