Leah Remini revealed openly during a 20/20 interview just how much of an effect her time as a practicing member of Scientology had on her. She spoke of the manner in which the system of belief kept her from being in touch with reality, and noted interesting details about what the organization expected of her.
Remini has experienced a mixed reaction, with the majority of the negative opinions coming from members and spokespeople for the Church of Scientology. Others, however, have expressed their support for the star, including Remini’s husband, Angelo Pagan.
People notes that Pagan communicated his support via the popular social media platform Twitter in response to another Twitter-user.
“Angelo Pagan tweeted Friday night, ‘Free at last free at last thank god almighty… ‘ in response to a tweet from a fan: ‘I am so grateful you all got out for [daughter] Sofia’s sake and for you all.'”
Free at last free at last thank god almighty… https://t.co/u7a1GuFCMb
— angelo pagan (@apangelo) October 31, 2015
Some claimed that Remini was being untruthful during her chat on the well-known program, and were upset at the star’s appearance, while questioning her motives for such a public disclosure about the subject of Scientology. Twitter users, however, also came to Leah’s defense on this matter, to which Remini’s husband showed gratitude.
“Pagan responded to another fan who tweeted, ‘@LeahRemini has star status. Don’t see what she could gain about “lying” about them. I can see what they could lose by her exposing them.’ He wrote on Friday, ‘Just makes to much sense doesn’t it Angela? We need more like you!’ “
Instagram was also a social media platform used by Remini’s hubby to demonstrate his ongoing support for her. The publication relays his touching post on the outlet along with appropriate hashtags.
“#tbt So proud of @leahremini! Brave, bold and beautiful. I got your back baby!! #troublemaker”
Additional messages of support came from notable actress Holly Robinson Peete when the star tweeted, “Proud of you” to Remini after her appearance on 20/20. Remini, who publicly parted ways with Scientology back in 2013, is preparing to release a tell-all, entitled, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, which is clearly based on her recent experience with the church that has a controversial history.
The reality star and former actress on King of Queens explained how the decision to leave involved her needing to get her life back.
“The decision to leave is your giving up everything you’ve worked for your whole life. I feel that people need to understand this has been my whole life. As time goes on, you start to lose touch with the real world. The mindset becomes us against them.”
A spokesperson for the Church of Scientology disputed everything that Leah shared, in the statement, “Every claim Miss Remini has made is not only untrue but ridiculous and stupid.”
While being interviewed, Leah also noted an event involving Jennifer Lopez. Members of the church requested that Leah invite good friend Jennifer to Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s wedding back in 2006, as a means of getting the triple-threat star to join the organization. Leah was opposed to the idea.
“They were trying to extract me. I can only assume because they wanted to make Jennifer a Scientologist. Maybe I was barring that road for them.”
Holmes and Cruise split years back. However, Katie has recently spoken out about her own well-wishes for Remini, as Hollywood Reporter noted. In a statement provided to People by Holmes’ publicist, she said, “I regret having upset Leah in the past, and wish her only the best in the future.”
Remini explained during the interview that the purpose of her latest effort is to simply reveal what it is truly like to be living under the “mind-set” of Scientology, as People mentions.
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