After escaping the church of Scientology back in 2013, actress Leah Remini proved she's just as outspoken as her beloved character on King of Queens. While remaining cool, calm, and collected, she's opened up about what life is really like as a Scientologist, and that's definitely ruffled a few feathers among celebrities still in the church. Kirstie Alley famously called Leah "repulsive" and a "bigot" and still refuses to speak to her.
Undeterred, Leah Remini is doubling down on her truth-telling mission by releasing a tell-all book due out in November. From its title alone, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology promises to expose some major bombshells about one of the most mysterious organizations out there, and this might just spell trouble for Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and some other famous Scientologists.
Here's everything we know so far that has led up to the release of the sure-to-be shocking exposé.
It turns out that bestie Jennifer Lopez was the one who helped Leah escape a scary situation
It took some major guts to not only leave the church, but to also be extremely public about her experience. Luckily, Leah had the help of many enduring friendships that ultimately became part of her decision to leave. She became tired of Scientology dictating her relationships:
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...I'm not about to shut up. We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are and what we're about.
While there have been several disparaging accounts of the church from ex-Scientologists, what sets Leah's apart is her endless positivity and inspiring commitment to keep her family together.
She doesn't want to raise her daughter in a community that degrades the bonds of family
Based on her almost 30 years as a Scientologist, Leah will discuss how the church places more importance on their teachings than family. Since both her mom and husband used to be practicing Scientologists, Leah knows better than most what kind of effect this can have on a kid. In her reality show Leah Remini: It's All Relative, she confesses:
I didn't want to raise my daughter in the church because from what I experienced and what I saw, the church becomes everything, your mother, your father, your everything. You are dependent on the church.
It's not uncommon for a parent to leave Scientology, while the kids stick around. In fact, the church will teach these family members to disconnect from what they call "suppressive people" or SPs, who are just anyone brave enough to speak out against these damaging practices.
Since Leah had high-level access, she's seen the disturbing reality of Scientology
In the vernacular of the church, Leah reached OT-7 level awareness, which allowed her access to David Miscaviage, the head of the Church of Scientology, and his wife Shelly. Since 2006, Shelly has only been seen once, which led Leah to open up a missing persons report. That was ultimately deemed "unfounded" by the LAPD, and even a confrontation with David Miscaviage at Tom Cruise's wedding couldn't lead to any answers.
Her tenacity led to interrogations and behavior modifications while she was still in the church, but none of that could stop her from bringing the truth of Scientology to the public.
I'd seen a lot of crazy s**t, like crazy s**t. Like it really goes back to when I was seven years old.
We'll have to wait until November to find out exactly what she's talking about, but it will cover at least some of the famous faces who still identify as Scientologists. One thing's for sure, though, Leah Remini is one brave badass.
(Source: Daily Mail)