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Beck insists: "I'm not a Scientologist"

Beck has publicly disassociated himself with the Church of Scientology.

In 2004, Beck married actress Marissa Ribisi who a second-generation Scientologist. A year after his marriage, Beck told The New York Times Magazine: “Yeah, I’m a Scientologist. My father has been a Scientologist for about 35 years, so I grew up in and around it.”

However, after filing for divorce from Ribisi in February this year, Beck has spoken publicly about his religious beliefs for the first time. “I think there’s a misconception that I am a Scientologist. I’m not a Scientologist. I don’t have any connection or affiliation with it,” Beck told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Detailing further, Beck went on to explain that because his father, Canadian composer David Campbell is Scientologist, he has been instantly affiliated with the church. Despite that, he added: “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.

“I think it’s just something people ran with.”

When asked for his opinion about the controversy around Scientology in a 2005 interview with the Irish Sunday Tribune, Beck said: “I think it’s about philosophy and sort of, uh, all these kinds of, you know, ideals that are common to a lot of religions. There’s nothing fantastical…just a real deep grassroots concerted effort for humanitarian causes.”

He added: “It’s unbelievable the stuff they are doing. Education — they have free centres all over the place for poor kids. They have the number one drug rehabilitation program in the entire world…

“When you look at the actual facts and not what’s conjured in people’s minds that’s all bullshit to me because I’ve actually seen stuff firsthand.”

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