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John Travolta, Scientology celebrity


Current lifetime: Born February 18, 1954 in New Jersey
Most famous for: Being your creepy uncle on the Oscars broadcast
Joined Scientology: In 1975, after reading Dianetics while filming his first movie, The Devil’s Rain
Fun Scientology completion: Life Repair, 1975

John shattering suppression: “Sometimes when something really works well it becomes a target.”

“When he got the Tarantino movie, I think someone had been working with John on an admin scale to help him work his career out,” our Celebrity Centre source says, referring to an L. Ron Hubbard concept about how to organize work. “So he’s been convinced that his successes have come from L. Ron Hubbard, and he keeps himself in a bubble. He’s convinced that every time his career has had some big success, it’s because he was using some kind of Scientology. And that’s a really hard mindset to get out of.”

We told our source that we felt the same way about Travolta, and that for a long time we’ve discounted the “blackmail” theory that so many people seem to ascribe to. They believe that if John left, Scientology would spill secrets about his sex life and his reputed preference for men. But after the lawsuits from massage therapists in recent years, what more is there to know? We think the blackmail angle is overblown, and our source agreed. “The blackmail thing? No. That’s not what keeps him in. Nobody cares. If he was open about his sex life, no one, even in Hollywood, would care. The blackmail thing is not a real issue. Blackmail would only make him resentful, and he’s not resentful. He’s just convinced that every success he’s had comes from Scientology, and it’s the positive things he believes he’s gotten from it that keep him from believing any criticism of it.”


Feb 10, 2017: Can a celebrity Scientologist like John Travolta really commit murder under the rules?

Feb 15, 2014: Did John Travolta reveal too much about Scientology?

Mar 27, 2015: ‘Going Clear’: Spanky Taylor on John Travolta, Priscilla Presley, and escaping Scientology


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