From what most outsiders know about Scientology, leaving is not easy. So when actress and reality star Leah Remini left the church in 2013, it’s good she had the support of close relations — including her best friend, Jennifer Lopez.
Speaking with Access Hollywood Live, Remini explained the role Lopez played in this transition. She told a story of her struggle coming to terms with this change of her core beliefs, where everything that she had once known was now challenged.
“[Lopez] said, ‘You know Leah, you don’t have to give everything up. It’s okay to look at it as something there were things about it that were helpful and just leave the rest. So don’t throw it all away or think your life is wasted.'”
Remini continued, “And I thought that was a beautiful thing to say. It just allowed me to breath for a minute, like, ‘Yeah, you’re right, I don’t have to say everything’s bad, everything’s lost.’ And she’s just been supportive in an amazing way.”
As for the subject of Lopez’s on-again-off-again boyfriend Casper Smart, Remini was not so forthcoming.
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