Leah Remini made national headlines when she not only left the Church of Scientology, but openly spoke out about it. She even filed a missing-person report for the leader’s wife (who was later found).
Although it’s been two years since Remini left, the 45-year-old actress is still dealing with the emotional and physical ramifications of abandoning Scientology. Remini will be opening up about her personal struggle in the upcoming season of her reality show Leah Remini: It’s All Relative.
A preview clip for the season shows Remini turning to professional therapy as an outlet to talk about her overhaul of feelings. She also explains why she made the life-changing decision to leave the church after almost three decades—for the sake of her daughter, Sofia.
“If you’re raised in [Scientology] as a child, you really don’t have loyalty to your family,” explains Remini. “The church does come first to you and that is what we would be teaching Sofia.” She goes on to say that she doesn’t want to raise her daughter that way because if she decided later on to disconnect from the church, Sofia would be forced to sever ties with her, and she wasn’t willing to sacrifice her family. When she left the Church, Remini’s whole family, including her mother, followed suit so that they wouldn’t be forced to segregate based on their religious views.
People reached out to the Church of Scientology for a comment, and they had no qualms about slamming the “self-absorbed” actress for trying to “exploit her former religion in a pathetic attempt to get ratings for her cable show and seem relevant again.” Shots fired!
Malec, B., “Leah Remini Talks ‘Hard Repercussions’ of Leaving Scientology, ‘Didn’t Think It Would Be Healthy’ for Her Daughter Sofia,” E! News web site, July 15, 2015; http://goo.gl/6VOibF.
Mackie, D., “Leah Remini Opens Up About the ‘Hard Rpercussions’ of Leaving Scientology (VIDEO),” People web site, July 15, 2015; http://goo.gl/bhJEgA.