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Tatum O'Neal: I'm dating women

Tatum O'Neal refuses to pigeonhole her sexuality.

The 51-year-old actress has three children with her ex-husband, tennis star John McEnroe. She's been through a lot in her life, including drug addiction and a difficult relationship with her father Ryan O'Neal, but now feels she has found the right path.

"I like women. I definitely have been dating mostly women recently," she told People magazine, before refusing to clarify her sexuality. "I'm not one or the other."

Tatum calls women the "most amazing creatures on earth", and she believes that on the whole they are cleverer than men. Although she doesn't have a partner at the moment, she's looking forward to finding the right person to settle down with.

She calls herself the most content she's been in her life at the moment, which could in part be because she is fit and healthy.

Tatum's addiction to heroin meant John was awarded custody of their children after their marriage broke down. She opened up about this in her autobiography A Paper Life, with her eldest son Kevin now discussing what growing up with a mother who struggled with drugs was like to People.

"I would lock myself in my room because it was hard to be around her not acting like herself," he recalled.

"I had to go to a court-appointed therapist at ten and I had a hard time speaking about it and I shut down. I could understand she was hurting and needed some help. When she wasn't happy was one thing, but when she started to look unhealthy and thin, it scared me."

Kevin has worked through those feelings by writing a book called Our Town, which is a fictionalised look at Tatum's mother Joanna Moore's life - she had an addiction to pills. It helped him realise that what Tatum suffered wasn't a choice, and now he is just glad she has come through it.

"There's definitely this sense when you are young, that you're choosing this over us and I think real forgiveness came when I realised this wasn't the case. When you're really in it, there is no way out. But when you're 11, it feels like that – if you keep on doing this – you are not going to see us, so how could you keep doing this?" he explained.

Kevin has forgiven Tatum, who is also trying to build bridges with her kids.

"There were years my kids didn't know if I was going to live or die," she admitted. "Now I call Kevin every single day and I always say I am making up for lost time."Tatum O'Neal: I'm dating women

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