I was put in cult at seven after my mum died ... I needed hugs but got a childhood of misery - 2012-07-07

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F168.png I was put in cult at seven after my mum died ... I needed hugs but got a childhood of misery July 7, 2012, Antonella Lazzeri, The Sun

But after Shelley's mum died her dad Peter Howell was given full custody of her and took her to live at Walsh Manor, a Scientology centre in Crowborough, East Sussex.

Nearby is Saint Hill Manor, which is the home of Scientology in the UK, and the former home of the religion's founder, science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard.

She said: "Even though I was so young I knew as soon as I arrived this wasn't a normal place. The first thing I had to do was to sign a billion-year contract.


{{cite news | first = Antonella | last = Lazzeri | title = I was put in cult at seven after my mum died ... I needed hugs but got a childhood of misery | url = https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/reallife/742869/i-was-put-in-cult-at-seven-after-my-mum-died-i-needed-hugs-but-got-a-childhood-of-misery/ | work = The Sun | date = July 7, 2012 | accessdate = May 24, 2017 }}