During an interview with “The Sunday Telegraph”, Michelle Pfeiffer opened up about once belonging to a cult. By complete accident, she got involved with a couple, who she thought were personal trainers, and then came to the realization that she was actually a member of a cult.
As a naïve 20-year-old, Pfeiffer did not realize that the people she had become involved with were actually the leaders of a cult. “They worked with weights and put people on diets. Their thing was vegetarianism,” she said. “They were very controlling. I wasn’t living with them but I was there a lot and they were always telling me I needed to come more. I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it was financially very draining.” She continued saying, “They believed that people in their highest state were breatharian.”
The couple believed in breatharianism, which takes vegetarianism to a whole other level. Breatharianism is when a person goes, not only without meat and meat products, but without any food or water. Breatharian’s believe they can live with no food or water, and that the sunlight will provide their nourishment.
Pfeiffer has always been a strict vegan, but did not realize she was in a cult until she met her first husband, actor Peter Horton. He had been cast in a movie about the Moonies, which were the people who followed the Rev Moon Sun-myung’s Unification Church. Pfeiffer says she was helping Horton do research for his role when it clicked for her that she was a part of one. “We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked,” she said. Had Horton not been working on the film, Pfeiffer may not have realized the scary situation she had become involved in.
Since her younger days, the 55-year-old actress has lived a quieter life with her husband, David E. Kelley, and her two children, Claudia and John.
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