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.
The actress opens up about her journey toward recovery and reconnecting with her father in her recent memoir, Found: A Daughter’s Journey Home, and the reality docuseries Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals, which premieres June 19 on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Beast, she discusses her relationship with her father, the 2008 drug arrest, “dating” Michael Jackson, the tough road for child stars like Lindsay Lohan, and much more. It was a book and it told a story that was sad, and deep, and painful. It’s telling of how I can live the best life that I can when I wasn’t really wanted, in a way.
Maybe I was wanted by a fan base because of my work, but I didn’t feel that I was ultimately wanted by my own parents, which was a weird feeling.
The world met four elite gymnasts -- Kaylie Cruz, Payson Keeler, Lauren Tanner and Emily Kmetko -- on June 22, 2009, the premiere date for ABC Family's "Make It or Break It." The competitive athletes survived family drama, broken bones, heartbreak and more as they trained at Rocky Mountain Gymnastics Training Center ("The Rock") in Boulder, Colo.
The teammates flipped their way through competitions, but the TV show sadly lasted only three seasons. This episode aired a few months before the actual 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where the real-life U. team -- Gabby Douglas, Mc Kayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber -- took home the gold for artistic gymnastics.
In the series finale, Kaylie, Payson, Lauren and newcomer Jordan Randall land spots on the U. In her recent memoir, the Oscar-winning actress talks about reconnecting with her estranged father, actor Ryan O'Neal.In an in-depth interview, she dishes to Marlow Stern on her much-ballyhooed 2008 drug arrest, "dating" Michael Jackson, advice for Lindsay Lohan, and patching things up with Dad on their upcoming docuseries Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals, premiering June 19th on OWN.After she became the youngest Oscar winner in history at age 10, taking home the hardware for her role in Paper Moon—opposite her father, Ryan O’Neal (Love Story)—Tatum’s life quickly spiraled out of control.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.