Channing Tatum took to Instagram recently where he revealed he was in therapy and encouraged ‘everyone’ to do the same.
The actor shared a video on Friday (July 12) in which he casually mentioned the fact he was getting support.
He made clear it was no big deal; an encouraging move which worked to emphasise the importance of taking care of your mental health. The 39-year-old added how it was something everyone should do.
I was just in therapy yesterday – yeah I’m in therapy, whatever.
Everybody should be in therapy.
In the post, he was trying to figure out exactly how the app ‘The Pattern’ knows so much about him.
The astrology app describes itself as ‘a social network that helps you better understand yourself and connect with others on a deeper level’. Similar to horoscopes, The Pattern supposedly offers tailored insights to your personality and an overview of what you’re going through at this point in time.
The accuracy that The Pattern has is… disgusting. That app is dangerous
— ‘Retha🦋 (@thatsaretha) July 10, 2019
However, although the app is supposed to tell you about yourself, Tatum wasn’t happy with exactly how specific it was.
On Instagram, he questioned whether the app was listening in to his conversations.
How do you know what you know about me, Pattern?
I don’t even know if I want to know this stuff.
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 went on, asking:
Is the phone listening? Are you listening through the phone, Pattern?
Are you listening through my phone and then just regurgitating the stuff that I’m afraid of?
Admittedly, I did wonder the same thing after my friend sent me scarily accurate descriptions the app had given her. The Pattern knows too much!
Tatum insisted the people behind the app get in contact with him immediately to give him some answers but his concern apparently only spurred other curious smartphone users to get the app as The Pattern’s servers crashed after he posted his video.
The makers of the app responded to his Instagram post, writing:
Hey @channingtatum Thanks for letting us know you planned on crashing our servers today We’ll be sliding into your dms shortly.
Hopefully the actor got the answers he needed!
Tatum isn’t the only celebrity who has used their platform to promote taking care of your mental health; last year Dwayne Johnson opened up about suffering depression in an interview with ITV’s Lorraine, saying it ‘doesn’t discriminate’.
If you’re experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is there to support you. They’re open from 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year. Their national number is 0800 58 58 58, and they also have a webchat service if you’re not comfortable talking on the phone.
If you have a story you want to tell, send it to [email protected]
Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.