Matt Willis has revealed that he secretly became a Scientologist while in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
The Busted star admitted he was “fully invested” in the so-called “star-studded sect,” but they harassed him when he tried to leave.
Speaking to The Sun, the bassist, 37, said he visited the church’s London headquarters every day until they tried to separate him from his wife, Emma.
He revealed that he was “a bit lost in the world” when he left rehab and was approached about the Church of Scientology as he walked down the street.
The church believes humans are immortal spiritual beings and has faced accusations of brainwashing.
Matt admits that he was quickly engrossed, buying books and very nearly dressing like them.
“I was in,” he confessed.
He revealed that he was partnered with another member who was extremely involved and he carried out some one-to-one work.
“What I was taking from it was that your environment, your friends and the people you’re closest to are your problem,” Matt said.
That was when he started to question the motives.
“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’.”
The star believes that the Church of Scientology want people to only be friends with members and class them as their “family”.
He said it took him a while to discover what was happening and they still keep contacting him to try to get him to return after he “just never went back”.
In his first meeting about the church, he was taken into a building to undergo a Scientology process called “auditing”.
This process claims to “locate areas of spiritual distress” and a device called an E-meter is used to detect “harmful energy” within the body.
Matt reveals he felt like an “idiot” for falling for the process, but said that you want to try and do everything you can to fight your drug addiction and Scientology is big on not taking drugs.
He added that he felt pressure from within the church when people discovered he was a celebrity.
Other famous members include Tom Cruise and John Travolta, but there’s yet to be a major British star convert.
He admitted that he thought he would come away thinking that he just needed to believe in himself more.
But instead, he said his thinking was: “I just need to buy some more s**t and then I can get some more s*** and then I had to buy something else because I’m not ready until I get this one. I was like, ‘What the f *** ?'”
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The church is worth an estimated £1.3 billion, with individual members donating hundreds of millions to try to “attain the ultimate in spiritual enlightenment”.
The star left the church after three months of study and warned people against checking it out as it’s a “very, very weird place”.
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