Actress Leah Remini spent 30 years of her life as a Scientologist, until two years ago when she publicly abandoned the controversial church. Now, the 45-year-old says Tom Cruise played a factor in her leaving the church. Remini has spoken about her split from the church several times and has now written a memoir about her experience with the notoriously secretive religion. She sat down with ABC News and gave a candid interview about the impact of being subject to the religion’s rigid belief system for decades — a belief system that is said to be nearly inescapable. “As time goes on, you start to lose touch with the real world,” Remini said. “The mindset becomes ‘us against them.’ The decision to leave is you are giving up everything you have ever known and everything you have ever worked for your whole life.” Remini’s family joined the church when she was a young girl and she built a successful Hollywood career over the years. Remini claims the church’s devotion to the Hollywood construct, or at least Scientology’s biggest Hollywood star, is one of the reasons she fled the church. “Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself,” Remini told ABC News. “You are evil [if you do it].”
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