LEAH Remini and Jada Pinkett Smith address their former feud in a new interview, going head-to-head as they examine what went wrong between them.
Actor and ex-Scientologist Remini appears as a guest on the next episode of Smith’s Facebook chat show Red Table Talk, explaining that pressure from her former religion meant she never really showed her true self to Jada during their friendship.
“Regardless of what was being presented to you, from me as a friend, you were seeing a side of me that wasn’t 100 per cent authentic because my job was to always be a perfect person in front of you, or any celebrity, to solely get you into Scientology, fully indoctrinated, fully on board and deserting any other beliefs or systems of learning,” Remini said. “You cannot dabble in Scientology.”
Smith countered that she “never got any of that” in her dealings with Remini or Scientology.
“Of course you wouldn’t … There’s a certain protocol and there’s certain things you would not see, you would not be privy to,” Remini said.
The pair fell out when Remini — a prominent critic of the Church of Scientology since leaving the organisation in 2013 — publicly “outed” Smith as a Scientologist in September last year.
“I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time,” Remini told The Daily Beast at the time. “I never saw Will (Smith) there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school, and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time.”
But Smith was quick to respond to the claims.
“I recently lit Shabbat candles with Rabbi Bentley at Temple Sinai … but I am not Jewish,” she said in a series of tweets. “I have prayed in mosques all over the world … but I am not a Muslim. I have read the Bhagavad Gita … but I am not a Hindu. I have chanted and meditated in some of the most magnificent temples on Earth … but I am not a Buddhist.”
She continued: “I have studied dianetics, and appreciate the merits of ‘study tech’ but I am not a Scientologist. I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not.”
In an interview ahead of the upcoming Red Table Talk episode, Smith revealed that it was Remini who suggested the pair heal their rift.
“It was really beautiful and she reached out to me,” she said. “She was much more bigger than me in that way. It was nice to reconnect and release ourselves from all that nonsense that doesn’t matter.”