10 Celebrities Who Joined And Started Cults

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You may think that cults are evil groups of people hiding in the shadows worshipping satan. Cults don’t make always make you drink the Koolaid. Some of them lure you with the promise of a healthier lifestyle or promotes love and connection. These celebrities were born and raised in them, others were converted, and some even started their own.

Click next to see which celebrities got caught up in the hype and joined some of the weirdest cults.

Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix

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Children of God

Joaquin Phoenix was raised in a hippie religious group called the Children of God ever since he was four years old. His parents eventually left the group and adopted the last name “Phoenix” to symbolize a new beginning for the family.

Shortly after leaving, the cult had several allegations about young members being kidnapped and sexually abused.

 

 

Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder

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Rainbow Commune

When the actress was only seven years old, her family moved into the Rainbow commune in California. For three years, she lived with seven other families on a 300-acre property with no electricity or running water.

 

 

Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer

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Breatharianism

When Pfeiffer was 20, she moved to Los Angeles and was involved with a couple who believed they could live without food or water, and that sunlight was all the nourishment they needed. When she met her future husband, Peter Horton, she researched Rev Moon’s Sun Myung’s Unification Church for his role about the Moonies. It was then that it dawned on her she was in a cult.

 

 

Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan

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Children of God

McGowen’s father ran the Italian chapter of the Children of God cult. She would travel to the different communes in Europe. Soon, the group began to encourage members to procreate with the younger children. McGowan and her family had left before she had to engage in any explicit activity.

 

 

David Arquette

David Arquette

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Skymont Subud Commune

David Arquette and the rest of his family grew up in the Skymont Subud commune in Virginia. The nonsectarian spiritual “social experiment” was supposed to be a utopian community, but they didn’t have any bathrooms, electricity, or running water.

 

 

Glenn Close

Glenn Close

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Moral Re-Armament Cult

Initially started as an anti-war movement, the cult brainwashed their people to manipulate and control all aspects of their members’ lives. She was in the cult until she was 22 years old before she escaped.

 

 

Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith

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The Orgonite Society

Jaden Smith and several other famous children created their cult called The Orgonite Society. The secret society is meant to distribute vibe-cleansing pyramids, hockey pucks, and rectangles to “balance Gaia’s energies.

 

 

Madonna

Madonna

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The Kabbalah Centre

Madonna converted a multi-million townhouse in London into the Kabbalah centre. It is an old Jewish mysticism that teaches its followers “ancient wisdom that provides practical tools for creating joy and lasting fulfilment.”

 

 

Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer

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Christian Science

Val Kilmer was raised as a Christian Scientist. The religion advocated prayer before any medical treatments. He even put his life at risk when he had a tumor in his throat that needed invasive surgery.

 

 

Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens

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The Church of SubGenius

Pee-Wee Herman is part of an American parody religion that satirizes better known belief systems.