I was put in cult at seven after my mum died ... I needed hugs but got a childhood of miseryBrit Scientology victim tells of anguish Suri faced http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/real_life/4416712/Brit-Scientology-victim-tells-of-anguish.html
Shelley Ballantyne became involved with the cult religion when she was just seven — and fled from it ten years later.
Yesterday she told The Sun: “I’m so glad Katie has done what she has. If Suri had entered Scientology like I did, her whole childhood would have been ruined.
“I have no happy memories of my childhood. All I had was years of misery.
“You spend your whole time studying Scientology and working for them. It’s not the way a child should be brought up, with no laughter or fun. It would have been horrid for Suri.”
Last month Katie announced she was divorcing hubby Tom Cruise and seeking sole custody of six-year-old Suri amid fears that he would force the couple’s only child to join an elite Scientology group.
Shelley had a normal upbringing until her mum Phyllis died of cancer aged 41 and her daughter was seven.
Speaking at her home in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, Shelley, now 23, recalled: “My mum and dad separated when I was about four.
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