Bijou Phillips Embraces Catholicism Months after Leaving Scientology

By AtticusPublished on: May 13, 2024 Updated on: May 13, 2024
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Bijou Phillips, daughter of musician John Phillips and former actress, has embraced Catholicism months after leaving Scientology quietly. She publicly revealed her transition through her Instagram stories, where she shared moments from her first communion. Notably, her daughter whom she shares with her ex-husband Danny Masterson was also present at her first communion.

Phillips left the Church of Scientology after her now ex-husband, Danny, was expelled from the church following his legal troubles. According to insiders cited by the Daily Mail, her departure occurred a few weeks after Masterson was declared a “suppressive person” by the church.

Bijou Phillips and her daughter Fianna Francis at the former's first communion
Bijou Phillips and her daughter Fianna Francis at the former’s first communion

Phillips’ decision was influenced by her determination to maintain a stable relationship between her daughter, Fianna, and Masterson, countering the church’s typical disconnection policies. During her transition, she leaned on her half-sister Chynna Phillips, and her husband, Billy Baldwin, both devoted Christians, who supported her without imposing their beliefs.

Phillips’ ex, Danny was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison in September 2023 for two rapes committed in 2003. During the sentencing, California Superior Court Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo addressed Masterson directly, emphasizing his accountability and the severity of his actions.

According to reports by journalist Meghann Cuniff, Judge Olmedo stated, “Mr. Masterson, you are not the victim here. Your actions 20 years ago took away another person’s choice and voice. Your actions 20 years ago today were criminal, and that’s why you are here.

Days after Danny was sentenced, Phillips, 44, filed for divorce, ending their 12-year marriage. The following month, she sought full custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Fianna. Masterson responded by conceding full legal and physical custody to Phillips but requested visitation rights.

Bijou Phillips and her ex-husband Danny Masterson
Phillips and her ex-husband Danny Masterson

Masterson and Phillips first connected at a celebrity poker tournament in 2004. Reflecting on their initial meeting, Phillips told Paper magazine in 2009, “Every guy at the table was flirting with me but Danny. He wasn’t laughing at my jokes. I was like, ‘Who is this Danny Masterson and what does he think he’s doing?’” Their relationship evolved over the years, leading to their marriage in 2011.

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