At 15, she was left abandoned when her father ran away with the former pinup goddess, Farrah Fawcett, and before she reached the age of 16, Tatum had been molested by two men and two women (one of the men was her father’s longtime friend).When she was 18, she started using cocaine to lose weight, and in 1995, following the end of her tumultuous eight-year marriage to tennis star John Mc Enroe—and three children together—she got hooked on heroin.One of the incidents in your book that I found particularly troubling was with Gavin, your father’s longtime friend who molested you, and how your father invited you over to his home even though he was expecting him at the same time. He read the [recent] book and said he came off “like a boob.” It’s such a dumb way of him verbally portraying himself. I’ve written books and made a show about it, he can do whatever he wants. I live comfortably with myself, and I wouldn’t want to live in his shoes, to be honest. The good news is we didn’t hear from her and now she’s on vacation, so my understanding is that she loves it. To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads.Is it writing a book, is it talking to a therapist, is it taking drugs, is it not taking drugs? Were you motivated to write this book in part because of the way the media treated you during your 2008 drug arrest?The cop was extremely joyful, when he found out who I was, to have made this arrest. If the press wanted to do to me what they’re doing to Anthony Weiner—I mean I didn’t cheat on my wife, hold my penis and send pictures. And actually, it ended up being a good thing because it stopped the run I may have gone on. My ex-husband [John Mc Enroe] is from here, and I moved with him.Motivated in part by alleged physical and emotional abuse by her father, she began smoking marijuana at 12, and soon got into Quaaludes and cocaine.That same year, Tatum alleged her then 18-year-old pal, actress Melanie Griffith, dragged her into an opium-fueled orgy.
A Paper Life seemed to be a purging of your many demons, whereas this book seems to be a lot more reflective.
It’s where I’m at then, and it’s where I’m at today; sort of telling who I am and where my journey is.
If you end up with say, a heroin addiction, some people end up with it because of nothing. For me, I had a lot of pain and bruising that happened to my soul, and I didn’t feel wanted, so in writing the first book, it took a minute for me to think about how to heal yourself.
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