'I Was Not Like The Other Kids!' Channing Tatum Opens Up On Dealing With Dyslexia And A.D.H.D As A Child

March 29, 2018

Today, he's one of the most famous men in the world. But Channing Tatum hasn't always been this confident and successful. His childhood, in particular, was difficult.

A stunning actor

From dancing his way into our hearts in Step Up to becoming a man candy in Magic Mike, Channing always knows exactly how to make the ladies swoon.

This actor is basically one of the hottest men alive and he has come a long way in his career too. Plus, who can resist those logic-defying abs of his?

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Early struggles

Before the fame and fortune, Channing Tatum was just a young boy dealing with being different from the rest of the kids.


In a 2014 interview with The New York Times Style Magazine, the White House Down actor revealed:

I have never considered myself a very smart person, for a lot of reasons.

Channing was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyslexia during his school days. He was prescribed some stimulants and was put in special education classes.

This was a challenging time for Channing who underwent a little bit of identity crisis.

You get lumped in classes with kids with autism and Down Syndrome, and you look around and 'Okay, so this is where I’m at,' Or you get put in the typical classes and you say, 'All right, I’m obviously not like these kids either'. So you’re kind of nowhere. You’re just different.

During the interview, he also stressed the importance of helping kids in similar situations. He pointed out that a system in which struggling children cannot be placed in the optimum learning environment is a broken system.

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Listening to his mother's advice helped him grow and thrive:

My mom [Kay] said, "Be a sponge." And so I’ve learned more from people than I have from school or from books.

Today, the Magic Mike actor is happily married to Jenna Dewan Tatum and they welcomed their daughter, Everly, in May 2013.

Other celebrities that have been diagnosed with dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a reading disability where those affected would read words, letters, and sentences backward. This can greatly affect the way the person learns and comprehends educational materials.

Fortunately, struggling with this condition does not usually mean one cannot overcome and thrive. Some of the most famous people today have some personal experience with dyslexia:

  1. Tom Cruise.
  2. Whoopi Goldberg.
  3. Jay Leno.
  4. Orlando Bloom.
  5. Patrick Dempsey.
  6. Cher.
  7. Keira Knightley.
  8. Anderson Cooper.
  9. Steven Spielberg.
  10. Salma Hayek.
  11. Albert Einstein.
  12. Bill Gates.
  13. Steve Jobs.
  14. Keanu Reeves.

So, if you or someone you know is battling with dyslexia, it should come as a comfort to know that the condition can be managed.

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