Leah Remini celebrates NYU education after 'spending 35 years in a cult'
Share and Follow

Leah Remini celebrated completing her second year at New York University despite being raised with no formal education in the Church of Scientology.

“Two years ago, I had an 8th-grade education thanks to spending 35 years in a cult,” the “King of Queens” alum wrote on Instagram Friday.

“And now, at age 52, I’ve successfully finished my second year at NYU,” she continued. “Undertaking this educational journey has been one of the most difficult experiences of my life.”

Despite contemplating “giving up” at times, Remini is “so glad” that she “decided to dive in.”

“If you have the desire and capacity, please remember that it’s never too late to start again,” she concluded.

Leah Remini IG post.
Remini said she had an eight-grade education before enrolling in NYU.

Remini announced in May 2021 that she had been accepted into NYU — eight years after she left Scientology.

“This didn’t come easy. This is one of the last chunks of my life that I am taking back for myself from Scientology,” she wrote on Instagram at the time. “It took a lot for me to take this step, for fear that I was not smart enough, not worthy enough, not able to do the work that will be required, my age.”

Yet while starting this new chapter of her life, Remini couldn’t help but look back at what got her there.

The exterior of the Scientology building
The 52-year-old actress left the Church of Scientology in 2013.
Hulton Archive
Leah Remini
Remini previously alleged that she received no formal education while growing up in the controversial religion.
Getty Images

“Scientologists are taught that kids are no different from adults. So from a very young age I was held accountable like an adult and regularly told that anything bad that happened in my life, even things that I wasn’t responsible for, was my fault,” she shared in a lengthy Twitter thread in January 2022.

Remini said by the age of 16, she hadn’t “received any sort of formal education for years” because she was forced to work instead.

For more Page Six you love …

She also explained that L. Ron Hubbard, the controversial religion’s founder, had a “deep disdain for conventional education,” leading her to pursue a career in acting.

However, reps for the Church of Scientology blasted Remini’s tweets, telling her to “get a life.”

Leah Remini
Remini has dedicated her career to exposing the religion.

“Leah Remini’s lack of education is of her own doing and it is shameful to publish
such bigotry,” International Spokesperson Karin Pouw said in a statement to Page Six at the time.

“Remini’s livelihood derives from promoting hate and lies like these toward her former religion. As Remini told journalist Meredith Vieira in 2004, she talked her mother into letting her drop out of school so she could become a ‘star.’ Remini needs to get a life.”

Since leaving the religion, Remini has devoted her life to exposing the secretive society. She even released a memoir, “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology,” and a docuseries, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” dedicated to taking down the religious group.

Share and Follow
You May Also Like

How The Las Vegas Police Arrested A Suspect For Tupac’s Murder 27 Years Later

If Duane “Keefe D” Davis is found guilty in the death of…

Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, Lulu Williams Split After 25-Year Marriage

Hugh Bonneville and Lulu Williams. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images It’s over for Downton…

Katie Price says 'truth always come out' as she shares experience with Russell Brand

Katie Price has claimed she witnessed Russell Brand trying to pull another…

How R. Kelly’s Kids Feel About No Longer Being In HIs Life After The Horrendous Charges

Highlights R. Kelly’s children have been affected by their father’s crimes. R.…

Weird Things About Olivia Culpo & Christian McCaffrey’s Relationship

Before finding love with 49ers player Christian McCaffrey, Olivia Culpo had a…

The Canceled Sitcom Hallmark Star Chloe Bridges Got Her Career Start On

Hallmark star Chloe Bridges was once cast in a show alongside its…

Why Grey’s Anatomy Star Isaiah Washington Is Totally Done With Acting

In March 2023, Isaiah Washington stunned fans when he announced that he…

Was Jimmy Butler’s Ex-Girlfriend Kaitlin Nowak Left To Raise Their Daughter Alone After His Alleged Relationship With Shakira?

Highlights Shakira is allegedly in a relationship with NBA superstar Jimmy Butler.…