'I'm Not A Scientologist': Beck Distances Himself From Controversial Hollywood Religion
Despite declaring that he was a member of the Church of Scientology back in 2005, recording artist Beck has since walked back those claims saying there have been 'misconceptions' about his religious allegiances.
In the lead-up to the release of his new album, 'Hyperspace', Beck sat down for an interview where he spoke about his family's relationship with the Hollywood church but claimed he was -- and had never been -- a part of it.
"I think there's a misconception that I am a Scientologist," Beck told the SMH, "I'm not a Scientologist. I don't have any connection or affiliation with it.
"My father has been a Scientologist for a long time," the musician continued, "but I've pretty much just focused on my music and my work for most of my life, and tended to do my own thing."
Beck's father, Canadian composer David Campbell, was the son of a Presbyterian minister but has been a member of the church of Scientology for over 45 years.
Beck's family ties to the church didn't just stop at his father, with his now ex-wife Marissa Ribisi also a member along with her brother, Giovanni Ribisi.
In 2005 during an interview with the Irish broadsheet 'Sunday Tribune', Beck was quoted as saying, "Yeah, I'm a Scientologist".
"My father has been a Scientologist for about 35 years, so I grew up in and around it and stuff," the quote continued.
Later in the interview (which became somewhat tense after Beck's religion came up), he explained this church as "about philosophy and sort of, uh, all these kinds of, you know, ideals that are common to a lot of religions."
Beck's recent 180 on the church also comes following his divorce from Ribisi in February of this year after 14 years of marriage. The pair share a son, Cosmo, and a daughter, Tuesday.
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