Is Beck divorcing Scientology along with his wife? Here's the evidence for and against. - 2019-02-18
In 2016, with the help of our source at the Celebrity Centre, we put together a list of the 20 most important Scientology celebrities, and gave the list a unique twist: We ordered it by the likelihood that celebs might ditch the church.
Among those we predicted had at least some small chance of leaving, we listed musician Beck Hansen as third most likely, after Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi. So after the news broke this weekend that Beck has filed for divorce from his Scientologist wife, actress Marissa Ribisi (and Giovanni's twin sister), naturally people asked us if we thought this represented not only Beck's break from a marriage but also from the church itself.
First, we'll point out again as we did when we put together that list in 2016, Beck has never been a big proponent of Scientology. He rarely ever mentions it, and there's little record that he's participated very heavily in courses on Scientology's "Bridge to Total Freedom." Also, Beck has always been more loyal to his mother, Bibbe Hansen, who has left the church, than his estranged father, David Campbell, a musician still heavily involved in Scientology. (One indication of Beck's loyalties is that he took his mother's last name.)