Fans tend to forget celebrities are people— just like us. They experience heartache, trauma, and pain that is often difficult to process. In today’s society, it’s acceptable for a woman to discuss her mental health, but men are encouraged to “put on a brave face.” That’s why actor Channing Tatum is speaking out about the societal prejudices and encouraging everyone to open up about their mental health, regardless of their gender.
A Much-Loved Actor
Channing Tatum has delighted movie fans since co-starring with Amanda Bynes in the 2006 teen romantic comedy She’s the Man. Afterward, Tatum stole hearts in blockbuster hits, including Step Up, Dear John, 21 Jump Street, The Vow, and the successful Magic Mike franchise. The actor is loved because of his classic good appearance and his fun spirit. He always seems open-minded, trustworthy, and someone you would want to be friends with.
Even though Tatum is a Hollywood heartthrob, his life hasn’t been easy. In April 2018, the actor announced that he was separated from his wife of nine years, actress and dancer Jenna Dewan. Six months later, Dewan filed for a divorce. Tatum’s life has drastically changed in just one year, which is why he revealed in July 2019 that he now regularly speaks to a therapist. More importantly, he has emphasized that it’s perfectly natural and normal for people, including men, to see a therapist. He spoke up about his mental health, and it’s all because of a now-viral app.
Problem With ‘The Pattern’
Tatum became vocal on social media about a viral astrology app, called The Pattern, which supposedly uses your birth date and astrological sign to give you daily horoscopes to assist you with making important life decisions. Like with many popular apps, people began downloading it as soon as possible and were shocked at how accurate the app was about their personal lives.
This includes Tatum, who believes the app is a little too accurate. In an Instagram post, Tatum ranted, “How do you know what you know about me, Pattern? I don’t even know if I want to know this stuff.”
But that’s not all. Tatum shared that he believes the app is “listening in” on his therapy sessions. He commented, “I was just in therapy yesterday… and I just get a notification on my phone this morning…using the exact words that we were using in therapy.” Tatum shared his feelings in an Instagram video, which he also posted on Twitter, hoping to get answers from the designers behind the app, but also his fans.
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Talking About Therapy
While everyone was amazed Tatum was ranting about the viral app, more people were impressed Tatum nonchalantly mentioned he is speaking to a therapist. He said, “I was just in therapy yesterday – yeah, I’m in therapy, whatever. Everybody should be in therapy.” Fans probably didn’t know he was in therapy, but this confirms that Tatum is just like everyone else. He has emotional pain and he needs to speak to someone about it. He’s confronting his pain and is working hard to make improvements with his mental health.
To the majority of fans, Tatum is a strong man who doesn’t discuss his feelings. But Tatum shattered the stereotype on therapy. Many believe that it makes someone weak if you need to openly express your feelings. Men don’t cry. They have to put on a brave face and hide their tears. Others assume someone attends therapy sessions because they’re mentally ill.
But Tatum is dismantling these perceptions. He admitted he speaks to a therapist, and he believes everyone should be in therapy. Everyone, male or female, should talk about their emotions. It’s a way to seek personal freedom. If it works for Tatum, a Hollywood star, then it can also work for you.
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