UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 30 (3:52 p.m.) – Leah Remini is expected to drop some huge bombshells about Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology in tonight’s 20/20 interview, and the Mission: Impossible actor’s ex-wife Katie Holmes has released a pre-emptive statement.
Holmes has been tight-lipped about her split from the controversial religion following her divorce from Cruise and she is still keeping mum, her reps issuing the following statement on her behalf: “I regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future.”;
Leah Remini’s interview airs tonight on 20/20.
Growing up in the Church of Scientology can result in young Scientologists developing a superiority complex, admits Leah Remini in a clip of her upcoming 20/20 appearance that aired on this morning’s edition of Good Morning America.
Promoting her new tell-all book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, Remini discusses how the controversial church’s alleged brainwashing techniques can lead to an “extremely inflated”; ego at a very young age.
“Because Scientologists view children as spiritual beings, you’re not treated as a kid,” says the former King of Queens star, who broke away from the church in 2013. “You’re given a lot of responsibility, your ego becomes extremely inflated.”;
Her decision to exit the church, she admits, was not an easy one; for Scientologists who break ties with the church after growing up in the religion — as she did — it usually means the end of the only life they’ve ever known.
“The decision to leave is you are giving up everything you have ever known and everything you have worked for your whole life,”; she said of her defection.
Leah Remini’s interview with 20/20 airs Friday, Oct. 30.