No story will go untold! Weeks after Leah Remini made the decision to leave the Church of Scientology for good, the actress is already making plans to tell her side of the story in the form of a forthcoming tell-all memoir, she tells Us Weekly.
“It will include my experiences, everything that’s taboo to talk about,” the former Talk cohost, 43, told Us at the 15th annual DesignCare event in Malibu on Saturday, July 27.
Remini initially remained mostly mum following her “dramatic break” from the Church (the New York Post‘s Page Six first broke the news), but the King of Queens actress has now vowed to break her silence.
And Remini isn’t lacking in supporters. Earlier this week, the actress received some kind words of encouragement from fellow Hollywood Scientology defector Paul Haggis.
“Leah and I were always friendly but never close friends,” the Million Dollar Baby filmmaker wrote in a lengthy letter for The Hollywood Reporter. “Despite this, she called me as soon as she heard about my letter of resignation. Unlike the rest of my former friends, she expressed real sadness that I was leaving and concern for me and my family.”
Haggis further explained that Remini risked getting in trouble to defend him and his family to members of the Church, for which he “will forever be grateful.”
“The fact that she fought within the system so resolutely for so long, never making her feelings public, is a testament to how much she believed in the basic goodness of her friends and the institution,” he wrote. “I can’t express how much I admire Leah. Her parents, family, and close friends were almost all Scientologists; the stakes for her were so much higher than for me. Her decision to leave was so much braver.”
At present, Remini is taking things a day at a time, telling Us that “happy is a relative word.”
“It’s a time of change,” she told Us. “I think the fact that my family has taken a stance and we are on a united front says a lot.”
Get all of the details about Remini’s memoir in this week’s Hot Stuff video, as explained by Us Weekly‘s entertainment director Ian Drew and special guest, Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff (@Karina_Smirnoff).
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