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Matt Willis claims Church of Scientology attempted to break up his marriage to Emma Willis after he joined post-rehab


Matt left the church when they suggested Emma was a negative force (Picture: Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Matt Willis has revealed that the Church of Scientology attempted to break up his marriage to Emma Willis, after he joined the organisation after leaving rehab.

The Busted star was a member of the controversial organisation – which counts Tom Cruise, Elisabeth Moss and Kirstie Alley as members – for three months following a rehab stint, after he was approached on Tottenham Court Road by a member of the church. 

The 37-year-old said that he was ‘in’ the following week and went to the headquarters ‘every single day’, spending hundreds on various courses and books.

However, Matt began to doubt the organisation when a person he was buddied up with suggested that his wife Emma was holding him back.

He told The Sun: ‘They were like, “There’s someone in your life who’s actually draining you, who’s a negative force, and it’s normally the person closest to you”. And it’s like, “I think they’re trying to split my f***ing marriage up now”.’

Matt said that looking back, he believes that they were trying to separate him from his loved ones, saying: ‘Then you’re fully in because you’ve got no family or friends and your family and friends are the Church of Scientology. It took me a while to go, “Wait a sec, what the f*** is this?” They didn’t want me to f***ing leave.’

Matt turned to the organisation after leaving rehab (Picture: Getty Images)

The Year 3000 singer said that he stopped attending the church and responding to their calls and messages, but said that they send him messages every six months.

Matt also lost belief in the church when he realised that they were against psychology, which he believes helped him overcome his addiction issues through therapy and a number of rehab stints.

The star went to rehab three times during 2005 and 2008, as well as ‘a couple more that no one knew about’.

He said: ‘In every weird cult or religion they’re super against the one thing that can prove it’s b****ks. Psychology proves all their techniques are unscientific bulls***.’

Matt previously addressed his time with the Church of Scientology on his podcast When No One’s Watching, as he admitted he kept hold of Dianetics, the Scientology bible written by L Ron Hubbard, until two years ago.

The couple has been married since 2008 (Picture: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Barclaycard)

He told co-host Matt Richardson: ‘I only chucked Dianetics away about two years ago. I was like, ‘I’m going to f***ing read that one day’. “I tried to. It is f***ing enormous and really boring. I got about eight pages in. It doesn’t make any sense.

‘It’s a very, very weird place, so if anyone’s thinking about checking it out, I would advise against it.’

Critics of the church have called it a ‘cult’, while former member Leah Remini accused the church of isolating members from their loved ones, allowing mental illness to go untreated and covering up abuse in her documentary Scientology and the Aftermath.

The Church of Scientology was critical of the documentary, and accused former member Remini of spreading lies about the organisation. 

Matt and Emma, 45, have been together since 2005, and they got married in 2008.

The couple are parents to three children together – Isabelle, 11, Ace, nine, and four-year-old Trixie. 


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