This is hard to believe, but Madonna has reportedly quit Kabbalah in order to join an even more secretive religion, Opus Dei. The star made the red-string-bracelet-loving sect of Judaism prominent when she began following the faith several years ago and several other celebs like Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, and Victoria Beckham followed suit. The Opus Dei, on the other hand, has no celebrity followers that we know of because it’s incredibly clandestine. (And oddly, a form of Catholicism, the religion Madonna grew up in and has always been critical of.)
The religion was famously written about in The Da Vinci Code and controversially involves practices like “mortification of the flesh,” or self-mutilation. Joining the religion even involves a secretive process. Madonna reportedly had an exploratory meeting at the London Opus Dei headquarters last week but she’s not a “fully paid-up” member yet. Which begs the question, between Kabbalah, Opus Dei, Scientology, and the Mel Gibson Megachurch – are there any celebs who belong to religions that average people are a part of?
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