No, not all of the celebrities we have featured above fled the Church of Scientology, though a few have. Some people think of Scientology as a cult while others feel it’s a legitimate religion. We’re not here to take sides, but if the folks who have left the Church call it a cult, well, we’re not going to silence them.
The other celebrities on our list were involved in some cults we’ve never heard of. We weren’t aware these famous folks had spent their childhoods immersed in bizarre rituals and religions.
So, without further ado, here’s what we dug up on the following celebrities who left cults:
The famous actress and ex-wife to Tom Cruise decided to leave the Church of Scientology after the couple divorced. She did it for herself, as well as to keep her daughter Suri from the church’s grasp. The Church of Scientology disallows its members from communication with church deflectors, which probably means the communication among Cruise, Suri and Katie is almost non-existent.
Rose grew up in a cult. Her father ran an Italian chapter of the Children of God cult. This group encourages members to have sex at a very young age, but thankfully Rose and her family managed to escape before she had to engage in any sexual activity with the cult’s members.
Joaquin, his brother River and the rest of his family were missionaries for the Children of God when he was young. They left the cult after it got bad press for inappropriate sexual practices, and they changed their last names from Bottom to Phoenix. “It might have become a cult, but when we were there it was a really religious community,” he told Uncut Magazine in 2001.
Just like Katie Holmes, Kidman left the Church of Scientology and broke up with Tom Cruise in order to get her and her children away from the church. However, the actress stayed pretty quiet about her opinions on the group.
This iconic actress grew up in a cult called the Moral Re-Armament, where she stayed until she was 22 years old. “You basically weren’t allowed to do anything, or you were made to feel guilty about any unnatural desire,” she explained.
Lisa Marie Presley
The ex-wife of Michael Jackson and the daughter of Elvis Presley was part of the Church of Scientology for several years. Not much is known about how she left the church, as she never spoke about it in public, but she did make a song in which she badmouthed the cult, claiming it was corrupt.
Ryder was only seven when her family joined the Rainbow Commune, a pretty unique cult. Apparently, they don’t believe in organizations, and for this reason the Rainbow Commune doesn’t have a leader. They also live without electricity and TVs. Winona and her family stayed with the Rainbow Commune for several years.
The rapper and singer fled the Greater Apostolic Faith when she was 16. “We all lived in the same community, within 10 minutes of each other. You weren’t allowed to talk to anyone outside of that. You weren’t allowed to wear jewelry, listen to music, to eat certain things, to date people …You weren’t allowed to do pretty much anything.”
When she first moved to Los Angeles at 20 years old, she become involved in with a couple who believed in breatharianism – the ability to live without food or water, because sunlight will provide all the nourishment you need. Only people who had reach the highest state of “enlightenment” were true breatharians. Pfeiffer realized she was in a cult when she was introduced to her first husband, Peter Horton. He was preparing for a role in a movie about the Moonies, the followers of Rev Moon’s Sun Myung’s Unification Church. As Pfeiffer was helping him research the role, she realized she was in a cult.
David Arquette – The Scream star and his equally famous sisters grew up in a cult called the Skymon Subud. This commune is supposed to be a “Utopia” of sorts, however, the group lives without running water, electricity or bathrooms, which definitely doesn’t sound very utopian to us. David’s family left the cult when his dad became a regular on The Waltons.