Jada Pinkett Smith wants you to know that just because she engages in religious practices doesn’t mean she’s a member of any particular group. After fellow actress Leah Remini proclaimed Pinkett Smith has “been in Scientology a long time,” the “Girls Trip” star posted what some believed was a denial.
“I have chanted and meditated in some of the most magnificent temples on earth … but I am not a Buddhist,” Pinkett Smith wrote without naming Remini Tuesday, Sept. 19. “And I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech [methods founder L. Ron Hubbard developed to study effectively] … but I am not a Scientologist.”
I recently lit Shabbat candles with Rabbi Bentley at Temple Sinai… but I am not Jewish;
I have prayed in mosques all…
“I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not,” she concluded. “NO ONE ELSE can hold that power.”
The post comes days after Remini, who left the Church of Scientology in 2013, sat down with The Daily Beast and assuredly claimed Pinkett Smith is a member.
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“I know Jada’s in, I know Jada’s in,” Remini said Saturday, Sept. 16. “She’s been in Scientology a long time. I never saw Will [Smith] there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school [a Calabasas, Calif., elementary school called the New Village Leadership Academy] and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time.”
Remini mentioned she, Pinkett Smith and Will Smith played a game of hide-and-seek at the request of reportedly high-ranking Scientology member Tom Cruise. When Pinkett Smith appeared on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Remini claimed Pinkett Smith denied the adults ever played the childhood game.
“‘Oh, she lied. …No, the kids were there,'” Remini recalled Pinkett Smith said. “That was untrue. Bulls—. There were no kids there. I was like, ‘Okay, all right, you’re gonna do that? More power to ya.'”