I an interview with 20/20 on Friday, actress and TV host Leah Remini, shared her experiences as a former member of the Church of Scientology and got emotional as ABC aired a brief statement from Katie Holmes.
On Monday, Remini stopped by Good Morning America to promote her book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology and also explained why Holmes’ statement moved her.
According to Remini, Holmes had caused her a lot of pain at the time they were still members of the Church of Scientology.
“I regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future,” the statement from Holmes’ camp read.
“I’m smiling because it almost makes me want to cry,” Remini said on GMA. “It makes me emotional because at the time that Katie and this particular crew were writing reports, it caused me a lot of time and pain in my family, being reprogrammed. So at the time I was fighting with her — I guess for the lack of the better word — within the church, and now I know really what she was going through.”
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Remini said she is glad Holmes and her daughter, Suri, 9, are no longer connected with the infamous religious group. “…I know now she did what she did, leaving in the way that she did, because she had to protect her daughter, which in a way connects us now,” said Remini who had been a Scientologist for almost 30 years. She left the church in 2013. She also said that she can now relate to Holmes as they are “back to being human,” and said she is not sure how much power Cruise holds in the church.
Although there are stories about what Holmes experienced as a church member and as Cruise’s wife, the actress has yet to disclose details from her marriage. According to New York Daily News, Remini’s new book contains some juicy details related to Cruise’s relationship with Holmes.