Remember how Shia LeBeouf was all Jewish, then kind of crazy and then nothing? Then, he did Fury and went all crazy Christian? Through all of this he was getting arrested, and hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons. But it isn’t always this way. Sometimes, when celebs convert, things really do change. Sometimes, it seems that Hinduism gives them peace and sometimes Judaism gives them “family connectivity.” The point is, everyone’s walk is their own to make.
We all have our own religion or lack thereof. The thing is, our walk isn’t publicized no matter how drastic it is. However, celebrity conversions are publicized no matter how small they are. We all know how Chuck Norris is a devout Christian, as is the “out there” Mel Gibson, giving Christianity a bad name with his anti-... well, everything, Tweets and comments. But did you know that Richard Gere converted to Buddhism after living a life of Methodism? But he on the other hand says he has nothing against other religions, such as Christianity. He believes each person needs to find what makes them feel fulfilled. Want to hear about more conversions? More people either going crazy or finding what works for them? No matter what religion you are, it’s pretty interesting to hear about the journey of others. Because at some point in each of our lives, we’ve wondered what it’s like. We’ve searched for answers, peace, and our place in this world. So, to show you what has or hasn’t worked for others, read on! Here are fifteen celebrity conversions that you really need to hear about.
15 Alice Cooper - Christianity
Bet you didn’t expect a man who has been on every “best or most amazing rocker” of all time list! He’s a legend, known as "The Godfather of Shock Rock." But would you think that this man, Alice Cooper, who is known for having electric chairs, blood, snakes, and guillotines at his concerts, would be a Christian? No? Then stop judging!
It was believed for some time he was an atheist or agnostic. But in 2007, he claimed that God was the one to take his addiction away: "I mean if He [God] can part the Red Sea and create the universe, He can certainly take alcoholism away from somebody." He also claimed that he was a born-again Christian. To be fair, his father was a Christian preacher, but for decades, God was far from Alice’s focus. He claims that his roots were always with him, and his songs definitely gave a “right and wrong” message that came from the heart. If you ever read anyone’s story, read Alice Cooper’s, it’s amazing no matter what religion you are as he’s obviously an intelligent man.
14 Katy Perry - Agnostic
We all know that Katy Perry is going through a cray-cray stage right now, hence the belief that a demon possessed Miley Cyrus and just recently left and went to live in Katy’s body. Like many, Katy Perry was born into a Christian home and thus began her career in music as a Christian artist. But, sadly, that did not pay enough, the audience wasn’t big enough. So, while sticking with her Christian values, she began selling secular music. It wasn’t long until she considered herself an agnostic, however.
Growing up in a very religious home that restricted things like Lucky Charms and Harry Potter kind of got to her. Breaking free from that control felt too good and she never stopped progressing away from it.
13 Tom Cruise - Scientology
We all know Tom Cruise is a crazy Scientologist, but did you know he was raised Catholic? He was also raised in poverty with an abusive father. This abuse was likely what gave him dyslexia, the learning disorder. In turn, this disorder is what drew him to Scientology, which he claims helped him overcome his dyslexia, which is ironic, as soon after he practically claimed there was no such thing as a mental disorder and there should be no study of them. Many believe he himself is a sociopath as well as a psychopathic narcissist. So obviously there’s a big difference in opinions.
Since he’s been with Scientology for decades now, he’s obviously content with it, so let him be I guess. And let’s forget about that YouTube video that gained 10 million views before being deleted.
12 Katie Holmes - To Scientology (And Back To Christianity Again)
We also all know that Katie Holmes was Tom Cruise’s third wife. Before marrying him, she was a devout Catholic. But their relationship was an odd one, moving much too fast. For one, just weeks after she broke off an engagement to Chris Klein, she started dating Cruise. Then practically days later, she began studying Scientology. In weeks, they were engaged, she was a devout Scientologist, and pregnant with Suri.
Suri was baptized in the church of Scientology, but a few years later, Katie started to fear the church and Tom. She filed for a divorce and left him, as well as the church. Soon after, she joined the Catholic church again with full custody of Suri. Katie Holmes is one of the few who went from Catholic to deep into Scientology and back again.
11 Brian Welch - Christianity
This one is new and it’s all the rave! Brian Welch is the guitarist for the band Korn. A recent press release stated that the band “parted ways with [Welch], who has chosen the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior, and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end.” Although he left the band, he claims that they support his choice and wish him the best. When criticized by fans he stated, "It's not about religion. It's not about this church; it's not about me. It's about the Book of Life, and everybody needs to be taught this. It's crazy. It's gonna do stuff like this -- like change a guy in a rock band."
To each their own, but finding God seems to have made “Head” very happy. Sadly, he said he cannot be in the band as he wants to focus on his new life.
10 Isla Fisher - Judaism
This one might not be as drastic, but it is sweet. Isla Fisher, the beautiful red-headed Australian actress, was raised Methodist. However, as an adult, she wasn’t very focused on her religion. But in 2004, she decided she wanted to marry the love of her life, Sacha Baron Cohen. The problem was that he was Jewish. She said, "I will definitely have a Jewish wedding just to be with Sacha. I would do anything—move into any religion—to be united in marriage with him. We have a future together and religion comes second to love as far as we are concerned."
She ended up spending three years studying so she could “truly” convert for him, and in 2010 they tied the knot with that Jewish wedding. She has never been happier!
9 Julia Roberts - Hinduism
If you’ve ever seen Eat, Pray, Love, then you’ve seen Julia Roberts’ obvious connection to the Hindi faith. She considers herself a devotee of Neem Karoli Baba and claims he drew her to the religion. However, she hasn’t always been into Hinduism, but the movie indeed converted her when she was forced to study it a bit for the role. She even gave her children new names after the Hindu gods. But before, she went through several other stages. She was born into a half-Catholic, half-Baptist family. She knew all there was to know about both religions but ever since she was in the spotlight, she didn’t connect to either. Though if asked, she probably would have considered herself a Christian of some sort. These days, however, she’s deeper than knee deep in Hinduism, feeling it gives her a peace she’s never known.
8 Gary Busey - Christianity
Gary Busey is crazy and he knows it. But it hasn’t always been this way. Sadly, it was a motorcycle accident in 1988 which he claims is the reason for nearly everything wrong with his life. Though he takes responsibility for his addictions that were a direct result of the pain and brain damage from the accident, before then, he never really claimed any religion, but after nearly killing himself again after a cocaine overdose, he stated, "I am proud to tell Hollywood I am a Christian. For the first time I am now free to be myself."
He’s still crazy, he still struggles with addictions and effects from the brain damage, but he definitely speaks with love. So at least his change has done this for him.
7 Madonna - Kabbalah
Madonna was born a full-fledged Catholic. Raised in the church, she considered herself a Catholic through her entire childhood and early adulthood. But even then, soon after her mother died of breast cancer when she was five, she started exhibiting troubling behavior, such as pulling her skirt up at school and similar activities that would get her in trouble with teachers. However, through all of this, she made good grades at the top of the class. But soon enough, she left that life behind to pursue her career.
On her own, she realized being strong wasn’t enough when she was assaulted by a group of men and forced to perform certain acts. She states this was when she gave up. She went searching for some time for the “right” religion. Now, she says she feels connected to all religions, but enjoys studying Kabbalah.
6 Jane Fonda - Christianity (With A Twist)
You don’t see this one very often, especially in her time, but Jane Fonda was born and raised an atheist. It wasn’t until the early 2000s that she began her search for her own beliefs and landed on Christianity. However, she doesn’t consider herself a traditional Christian, but someone "outside of established religion" with a more feminist slant. She doesn’t like religion, but rather she is in love with Jesus, and believes that God "lives within each of us as Spirit (or soul)."
To no surprise, unlike most Christians, she also practices Zazen meditation and Yoga. She’s very respectful of all religions but believes Jesus is the way, and he brings her peace like she never knew was possible. She spreads the love that Christianity has to offer.
5 Snoop Dogg - Rastafari
If there’s anyone who has literally considered their self every religion at one point in their life, it’s Snoop Dogg. He was raised a Baptist, but soon into his career he began experimenting with different religions other than Christianity. But as early as 2009, he became a member of the Nation of Islam. Although he claimed to be a Muslim, he did not say when he joined. However, it didn’t last long in any case.
In 2012, he converted to the Rastafari movement and even switched from rapping to doing reggae. He changed his name to "Snoop Lion,” believing he was Bob Marley reincarnated. Considering Bob Marley died ten years after Snoop was born, this is a little far-fetched. Despite claiming the religion, fellow believers state that he does not confine himself to the Rastafari standards. He believes these statements are personal attacks.
4 Ivanka Trump - Judaism
Who knew the daughter of the conservative Protestant President of the United States was Jewish? Ivanka Trump converted to Orthodox Judaism in July 2009 after spending her entire life a Presbyterian. She says it was an "amazing and beautiful journey" and now keeps a kosher diet as well as observes the Jewish Sabbath. She believes that the biggest perk is “family connectivity.”
It can be said that there is a lot her and her father do not have in common. For one, she does not consider herself a Republican, and in 2007, she supported Hillary Clinton in the election both with her voice and money. She and her husband practice Judaism devoutly, and she herself stands for the rights of everyone, especially women. What a shocker!
3 Kirk Cameron - Christianity
Yes, you probably know this one, but you’d be surprised how many people only see one side of it. As a child he was known for starring in the teen hit Growing Pains. But as an adult Kirk Cameron is known for roles in movies like Fireproof. As a teen, he was an atheist, as was his sister Candace Cameron-Bure, but they are both whole-hearted Christians today. This often leads to them facing much backlash from fans from their teen years, especially when he stated that he believed that homosexuality was destructive.
He did say, however, it was just his opinion and would love to speak about it with anyone. Though he declined an offer to be on Rosie O’Donnell’s show, he accepted the offer to speak to her over dinner.
2 Angus T. Jones - Christianity
We all know that Two and a Half Men was not an appropriate show for kids. But Angus T. Jones, the “half” in the show, stated that it was inappropriate for anyone, as it was nothing but filth. It took him years to realize this. He did say that he felt very uncomfortable being involved in a show with so many adult themes when he was far too young for it.
But it was all “okay” until 2012 when he joined the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He even stated that he no longer wished to be on the show, despite being the highest paid child actor in the world, because the show conflicted with his moral beliefs. Before then, he had been agnostic, although feeling conflicted, he didn’t know why. After he converted, however, the reason he felt this way became clear.
1 Stephen Baldwin - Conservative Christianity
The Baldwin brothers are all crazy, and most of them are religious these days. But none more so than Stephen, who is an evangelist. He became a born again Christian after 9/11 and has been one ever since. He has multiple ministries and organizations meant to spread his teachings. You will find him playing only wholesome roles these days, from Christian specials to just “himself.”
All of the brothers were raised Catholic, but each went their own wild way in their teen years. The only one who comes close to Stephen as far as being religious goes is Alec Baldwin. Alec is still a devout Catholic, with a very liberal view, unlike his conservative brother, who became a Christian after his wife found God while speaking to their house cleaner!