Leah Remini has finally spoken out about her break with the ill-reputed Church of Scientology that has many devout celebrity followers. She spoke to Ellen Degeneres on Monday’s episode of Ellen. The former star of “King of Queens” was there to promote her upcoming run on “Dancing with the Stars”, but things quickly turned to the controversial topic, as those were the questions on everyone’s mind since her July defection from the Church.
“My mother got involved when we were very young, so it’s all we ever really knew,” Remini said. “But over time, my eyes opened and I could just no longer be affiliated with the organization and my family felt the same, so we left.”
“How are you?” DeGeneres asked. “I hear it’s different than leaving another religion, so are you OK?”
“I’m OK,” she said. “It’s hard. We lost friends that can no longer talk to us who are still in the organization.”
“Now, that is a thing? When you leave the church they can’t talk to you and you can’t talk to them?” DeGeneres asked.
“Correct. And these are friends that we’ve had for dozens of years,” Remini continued. “But I have great friends, other friends that are not in the church, that have stood by us. Our family is stronger, we’re together and that’s all I can ask for.”
“You have me. I’m you’re friend! We’re your friends!” DeGeneres said.
Remini spoke very carefully about the church and didn’t give many in-depth answers, but when she left the faith during the summer, she told People: “No one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to.”
Reportedly, all of this began when Remini had to undergo “interrogations” and “thought modification” because the church allegedly bars members from questioning leaders’ management. She had allegedly repeatedly asked about the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige, church leader David Miscavige’s wife, at the 2006 wedding of Tom Cruise to Katie Holmes, and became suspicious when her inquests were shrugged off.
In August, Remini reportedly filed a missing persons report for Miscavige, who allegedly hasn’t been seen in public for six years, but police closed out the investigation quickly after they supposedly had “a face-to-face with Shelly” and declared the missing persons report “unfounded.”
Among other reasons she supposedly left the church was her disagreement with policies that allegedly force members to “disconnect” from family members deemed “suppressive persons” if they choose to leave the church.
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