Maksim Chmerkovskiy used to be friends with Kirstie Alley, his 2011 partner on Dancing With The Stars.
But the two are no longer close.
When asked by UsWeekly what happened, the 36-year-old Ukrainian professional dancer shot back: ‘Scientology happened.’
The outspoken ABC star added: ‘You can thank [my friendship with 2013 contestant and former Scientologist] Leah Remini for that.’
Remini, 46, left the church in 2013 and two years later she released the tell-all book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood And Scientology.
Maks, who is expecting a child with fellow pro Peta Murgatroyd, said: ‘A note was sent to a friend telling me I was “disconnected,” as in, I am no longer allowed to be Kirstie’s friend.’
Alley doesn’t like this lady? The outspoken ABC star added: ‘You can thank [my friendship with 2013 contestant and former Scientologist] Leah Remini for that’
But Maks never even danced with Leah: Remini’s DWTS partner was Tony Dolovani; here they are pictured with host Tom Bergeron
In the past there have been claims that Scientologists cut off people who are not supporters of the church.
When Katie Holmes divorced Tom Cruise in 2012 after six years of marriage, it was alleged by Life & Style Weekly he wanted nothing to do with her, and he subsequently distanced himself from daughter Suri Cruise, because they were no longer supporters of Scientology.
Cruise has refuted that claim and even tried to sue the publication for $50 million.
Ex files: In the past there have been claims Scientologists cut off people who are not supporters of the church. When Katie Holmes divorced Tom Cruise in 2012, it was alleged by Life & Style Weekly he wanted nothing to do with her any longer; here Katie and Tom are seen in 2012
Chmerkovskiy added: ‘I find it ridiculous for an adult human being to “disconnect” from someone. But everyone is entitled to their own insanity.’
In the same interview Maks talked about his unfiltered ways.
‘I’m the person who will say something and just move on,’ he said.
‘It’s like the Trump effect. This guy says some s***, and then everybody is like, “Oh, my God, what did he say?” And he just goes on with his life.’
His pretty lady: The star is expecting his first child with fellow dancer Peta Murgatroyd
The salsa pro then said, ‘But I’ve benefited tremendously from speaking my mind. I’ve also turned off a lot of people.
‘I have a new understanding that there is more than one way of getting things done. We’ll see if I can exercise that. If not, I’ll go back to saying crazy s***. [Laughs.]’
And he admitted: ‘I may turn off a bigger percentage of people than I keep around. But over a period of, let’s say, 10 years, people all come back in some way, saying, “Hey, we haven’t spoken in a decade, but I understand where you’re coming from, and I want us to continue being friends.” I have a 100 percent return rate.’
Maks took a four-season break from the ABC hit, but is back for season 23 (premiering Monday, September 12, at 8 p.m. ET). His new partner is model Amber Rose.
But has he lost his edge? Maks took a four-season break from the ABC hit, but is back for season 23 (premiering Monday, September 12, at 8 p.m. ET). His new partner is model Amber Rose, pictured on September 7
Scientology and Hollywood go hand in hand, more than what meets the eye. The list of actors who belong to the Church of Scientology makes for a flabbergasting read.
Tom Cruise and John Travolta are the Hollywood celebrities whose names have become synonymous with the controversial organization. Both the actors came under the scrutiny of the press with the revelations of their bizarre association with the controversial cult of a religion. Needless to say, there is a long list of actors who are the members of the organization.
According to reports, the Church has a rather obscure and furtive way of doing things. As a result, the church has come under fire for various times in the past couple of decades. The question here is not about the disregard that is shown towards actor Tom Cruise by most of the Hollywood folk. The imperative question is to what depths the cult group is understood by everyone.
Scientology is the brainchild of L. Ron Hubbard, an author and a self-proclaimed liberator. His works formed the pillars upon which the controversial religion firmly stand for today. But, what makes this an attractive prospect for the A-list actors? The answer is its “fool-proof” methods of improving self-confidence, memory, mental alertness and self-worth.
A plethora of actors is reportedly in connection with the church. John Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston, musician Beck, actress Jenna Elfman, actress Kirstie Alley and well-known actor Giovanni Ribisi are the notable members, reports The Warp. The downside of the organization is a colossal topic to address. Various organizations and consortium of the press have battled the heretic group from ages.
Moreover, blackmail, criminal behavior, organized harassment and self-righteousness are few of the not-so-nice things the religion is accused of. The presence of the celebrities in the fraternity of Scientology has its leader David Miscavige floating on riches. The organization is an aggrandizing cult group and the members have something in common, clouded judgment.
On the other hand, the marital lives of Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes is a testament to the horrors of Scientology. David Miscavige’s father couldn’t find a better word than ‘dehumanizing’ to refer to the cult group. That should pretty much give anybody the idea.
when your management team actually has to deny that you have Super Powers…
…from the latest Enquirer: “Scientology’s study super-alien sniffs your butt for miles!”
While Katie Holmes wouldn’t miss anything with her and Tom Cruise daughter, Suri Cruise life, Tom Cruise has been missing in action. Whispers and speculations revealed that Tom Cruise absence in Suri Cruise life may be a result of his loyalty to his controversial religion, Scientology. But just because her famous dad is never around anymore, doesn’t mean that Suri Cruise is not getting the love and attention that she deserve.
Suri Cruise 2016: Tom Cruise daughter has not seen dad for a long time?
Katie Holmes has been a mother and a father to Suri Cruise and she doesn’t seem to mind it at all. In fact, the mother-daughter duo have been inseparable after Katie Holmes decided to end her marriage with “Mission Impossible” actor Tom Cruise. Although Katie Holmes never really opened up regarding her six year marriage with Tom Cruise, it was believed that their split was reportedly said to be about the controversial ties of Tom Cruise with Scientology.
Suri Cruise 2016: Tom Cruise daughter can cause trouble in Scientology?
The Hollywood Gossip shared a touching black and white photo of Katie Holmes lovingly holding Suri Cruise near her chest. Suri Cruise attended the surprise party for her grandmother, which was organized by Katie Holmes. Another photo showed Suri Cruise dancing with another guest, enjoying themselves at the party. The first photo may be the outcome of the fun that Suri Cruise had at her grandmother’s surprise party as the 10-year-old looked tired and ready for bed.
Suri Cruise 2016: Katie Holmes and daughter bonds at party
Back in 2014, Katie Holmes shared to Galmour magazine that family has always been an important factor of her life. And when she became a mother to Suri Cruise, her life has changed and it has changed for the better. “I am really focused on motherhood and work right now,” Katie Holmes said. “Motherhood is the greatest gift. When I became a mother, my life completely changed.”