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.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).
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.
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.