Matt Willis reveals moment he left daughter in the car alone
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Matt Willis, 37, and his wife, The Voice and The Circle host Emma Willis, married in July 2008 after three years of dating and together share three children, Isabella, 11, Ace, nine, and four-year-old Trixie. Closer than ever, nothing can get between them – not even the Bustard star’s former Church of Scientology cult, who the singer claims tried to turn him against his wife.
I think they’re trying to split my f***ing marriage up now!
In a new interview, Matt claimed he walked away from the religion after he became suspicious about their intentions for him and those closest to him.
He described being partnered with a young lad who was heavily involved with the organisation, who probed him about his life, asking questions like, ‘What’s going on? What’s holding you back and holding your potential back?’
“What I was taking from it was that your environment, your friends and the people you’re closest to are your problem. I was like, ‘What are you f***ing getting at here?’” the musician revealed the moment he began to become sceptical.
“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.'”
He admitted to The Sun he felt like they were “trying to force this weird opinion” on him and demanded to know why it seemed they wanted to split him from his friends and family.
“It took me a while to go, ‘Wait a sec, what the f*** is this?’” he shrugged.
“They didn’t want me to f***ing leave [the Church]. They brought other people in when I was talking about it to talk about what concerns I may have.
“I just never went back, stopped picking up my phone to them. But they rang me every day for a month and they drop into my texts every six months, eight months, out the blue, like, ‘Hey, Matt, how are you doing?’”
Express.co.uk has contacted representatives for the Church of Scientology for comment.
It started when the Busted bassist was in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction back in 2008, noting he lacked a “higher power” in that process that could help him along the way.
After being “audited” for “spiritual distress” at the church, Matt revealed he became fully invested in Scientology and made daily visits to its London headquarters.
He recalled the first time he learnt about he movement he described as a “totalitarian organisation” — members of which believe humans are immortal spiritual beings.
“I was fresh out of rehab, a bit lost in the world,” he explained to The Sun, “I was walking down Tottenham Court Road and I got approached by a guy who asked me a few simple questions.
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“Before I knew it, the next week I arrived at the doors to the Scientology building. Every single day I went there. I bought different books and did different courses. I was in.”
He claimed that he spent £290 on courses at the church, not including the price of the hefty books.
Describing himself as “an idiot who got hoodwinked by some guy with a fairground trick”, Matt gave a serious warning to others thinking about joining the Church.
“It’s a very, very weird place,” he said.
“So if anyone’s thinking about checking it out, I would advise against it.”
Scientology, which is now worth an estimated £1.3billion, has been around since the 1950s after it was invented by American sci-fi author L Ron Hubbard, but the church has faced accusations of brainwashing, which the Church strongly denies.
Its followers believe humans are vessels for beings called Thetans, frozen souls left on Earth by the galactic power Xenu.
A key part of the organisation is its celebrity fanbase, boasting many Hollywood devotees, including Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
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