Bethany Joy Lenz Recalls ‘Breaking Point’ Before Leaving Cult

Bethany Joy Lenz Recalls Hitting a Breaking Point Before Leaving Cult
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Bethany Pleasure Lenz acquired candid concerning the “breaking level” that led her to depart the cult she was part of for a decade.

“There’s plenty of highs and many lows and in some unspecified time in the future, you simply are like, ‘Can I get off this trip, please? What’s unsuitable with me? Why am I so up and down on a regular basis?’” Lenz, 42, defined to E! Information on Thursday, September 7. “And typically it simply takes a number of folks on the proper second saying, ‘It may not be something unsuitable with you.’ And that may be a reduction.”

The One Tree Hill alum additionally shared that she skilled “wild, vivid desires” earlier than her exit from the cult and felt “annoyed in [her] religion.”

“I had misplaced plenty of [my faith] alongside the best way,” she admitted. “And considered one of my prayers was simply kind of like, ‘You need to simply meet me the place I’m as a result of I don’t even know if I do know who you might be anymore,’ and that’s how God simply stored displaying up for me despite the truth that I used to be thrusting a center finger up within the air and being like, ‘Screw you!’

Chad Michael Murray, Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Lenz, Hilarie Burton and James Lafferty of ‘One Tree Hill‘ on MTV’s TRL on January 25, 2005.

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Lenz first revealed her previous by way of an episode of the “Drama Queens” podcast in July.

“I used to be in a cult for 10 years,” the actress shared along with her cohosts Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton Morgan as the previous costars mentioned potential memoirs. “That may be a extremely beneficial expertise to write down about, and the restoration — 10 years of restoration after that. So there’s quite a bit to inform.”

On the time, Lenz stated that she “for certain” needed to pen a e-book in the future and write about her expertise, nevertheless, she frightened about “the strain of getting it proper.”

“Additionally, I don’t understand how a lot I can say as a result of there are nonetheless folks and authorized issues in place that make it extra sophisticated for the timing of that,” Lenz added. “However I do write. I write on a regular basis.”

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One month later, Lenz shared that the solid and crew of One Tree Hill tried to get her out of the cult whereas filming the present — however she didn’t escape the group till “shortly after” the sequence led to 2012.

“For some time, they have been all making an attempt to avoid wasting me and rescue me, which is beautiful and so superb to be care about in that manner. However I used to be very cussed,” the “Strawberries” singer stated in an August interview with Selection. “I used to be actually dedicated to what I believed have been the perfect decisions I may make. … The character of a gaggle like that’s isolation; they need to make you mistrust everybody round you in order that the one folks you belief are, at first, the management after which, folks inside the group if the management approves of them, and isn’t in the midst of pitting you in opposition to one another, which occurs on a regular basis additionally.”