It’s been two years since Leah Remini made the decision to leave the Church of Scientology — but it seems the actress is still dealing with the fallout!
The King of Queens star discussed her post-Scientology life for Oprah Winfrey‘s Where Are They Now? Apparently, the brunette beauty made the tough call about the church for the sake of her daughter, Sofia.
“My mother was in Scientology my whole life. Most people don’t know that we were raised in it. I didn’t decide to get into it — I was brought into it by my mom.”
In addition to being brought into the faith by her mother, Leah dedicated over three decades of her life to the controversial organization.
“I don’t think people know the amount of dedication it takes to be in this organization. I mean it was every day, three-and-a-half hours minimum, seven days a week usually. You know, I’m working most of my time, and then the other time was spent at the church, so minimal time is really spent with your family.”
The former TV host apparently was not comfortable spending so much time away from her daughter. And rightfully so!
“I was at one of these hotels in Florida, and I saw my daughter swimming for the first time while I’m reading this thing. And a tear came down my face. And I was like, ‘What am I doing?'”
Aww! It seems that the celebrity didn’t want her daughter to believe that Scientology was more important than family.
Of course, Leah’s exit from the church caused quite a stir back in 2013. Though the craziness has died down, she and her family seem to still be adjusting to life after the faith.
“Our decision to leave the organization — it’s not just something you get over. It’s people and a lifestyle you’ve known all your life. It formed who I am, good and bad. It formed the way I think, good and bad. And so there’s a lot of pain connected to it, there’s a lot of healing.
When you are raised in something, and you are taught to think a certain way, a lot of times you grow up thinking, ‘That’s the way I think.’ I’m learning there’s a new world out here, and there shouldn’t be any kind of judgment toward somebody who has a belief system that is not yours.”
But it seems the Church does NOT agree with Leah’s sentiments.
The organization retorted:
“Given Leah’s insatiable desire for attention, it comes as no surprise that for two years she has been incapable of moving on with her life and remains obsessed with shamelessly exploiting her former religion in a pathetic attempt to get publicity.”
Oh, man! Those certainly are fighting words.
Maybe it was the right decision to have left, girl!
Ch-ch-check out what else the star had to say about Scientology (below)!
[Image via Brian To/WENN.]