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Channing Tatum Talks New Baby: 'I'd Never Medicate My Child'

Magic Mike star welcomed his first born with wife Jenna Dewan


Channing Tatum became a father for the first time last week with the arrival of daughter Everly and while he might be new to fatherhood it seems the Magic Mike star knows exactly what kind of dad he's going to be, insisting in a new interview that he'll never "medicate" his child if they have learning disabilities.

In a new interview, conducted before the arrival of his first child, the actor claimed that due to his own experience of being medicated to deal with behavioural issues he wouldn't take the same route as it made him feel "soul less".

“I truly believe some people need medication,” he told Vanity Fair magazine.

“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.

He explained: "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.”

Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan walk their dogs day before birth of daughter (WENN)

Reflecting on his own up bringing, Tatum admitted his parents weren't always perfect and he'd try not to make the same mistakes.

"They weren’t perfect," he claimed, "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.

"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.”

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