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Channing Tatum Opens Up About Drug Use

'Foxcatcher' premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival

Credit: Picture by: London Entertainment / Splash News

He’s previously referred to himself as a “functioning alcoholic,” and now, with the filming of Magic Mike XXL wrapping up, Channing Tatum is opening up about his drug use during his time as a stripper.

“I wouldn’t say I was losing myself in drugs because I wasn’t doing anything habitually,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Just experimenting. Experimenting, I would say. Never the big ones — crack or heroin. I never OD’d or anything. Never.”

As for cocaine, he adds, “Maybe a couple of times, but that was later. Drinking was probably the biggest [thing]. I didn’t look at drinking as a problem. It wasn’t at that point, and I still don’t think it’s a problem. But at that time in my life, it was, ‘Let’s go out and have a great time.'”

In the interview, he also clarifies the “functioning alcoholic” comment. “It was something said that wasn’t meant to be factual,” he explains. “It was said in context with the glutton side of myself. I’m constantly a flip-flop of extremes. I take care of it, to an extent — and then I kind of knock it all down and destroy the sand castle. All I meant was that I do things in extreme.”

Regardless of his past drug use, though, these days, Channing is a family man, married to wife, Jenna Dewan, with one daughter, Everly. And it may not be too long before the pair expand their brood! “I don’t think very, very soon,” he reveals, “but it really depends if Jenna’s show [Witches of East End] gets picked up for a third season. Then we would probably wait.”

Coincidentally, Lifetime just announced this week that Witches of East End has been canceled…so get to that baby-making, you two!


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