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Rebekah Vardy, the spouse of Leicester Metropolis star Jamie Vardy of the English Premier League, opened up about her upbringing and what it was like rising up as a Jehovah’s Witness.

Vardy talked about her childhood as a part of a documentary for England’s Channel 4. She took on the position of a reporter and interviewed a number of different former Jehovah’s Witnesses who’ve claimed to have had harrowing experiences as a member of the Christian denomination.

The 41-year-old TV persona described the religion as a “cult” in an interview with The Mail on Sunday.

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Rebekah Vardy and Leicester Metropolis’s Jamie Vardy following the Premier League match at The King Energy Stadium, Leicester. Image date: Sunday Might 22, 2022. (Mike Egerton/PA Pictures through Getty Pictures)

“Individuals are manipulated, brainwashed, it is coercive habits and it’s handed down from era to era,” Vardy advised the outlet. “When you’re in it, it is so exhausting to see the larger image, which is that it is flawed and immoral.

“I spent my childhood fearful, being advised we had been going to die in Armageddon if we did not pray sufficient. I felt I needed to continually try for perfection in order that God wouldn’t be indignant with me.

“Jehovah’s Witnesses name somebody who’s not a Witness a ‘worldly individual’. I’m the worst form of worldly individual as a result of I’ve had the braveness — together with all of the folks courageous sufficient to speak to me for my documentary — to talk out in opposition to this faith and say it is harmful.”

Vardy mentioned she wasn’t allowed to rejoice Christmas or birthdays as a part of being within the faith. It’s simply two of the restrictions within the religion. The others embody premarital intercourse, homosexuality, gender transitioning, adultery, drunkenness, drug abuse and blood transfusions. Vardy mentioned if somebody cursed on tv, this system can be turned off.

Rebekah Vardy in 2018

Rebekah Vardy, spouse of Jamie Vardy previous to the FIFA World Cup, Quarter Remaining match on the Samara Stadium. (Owen Humphreys/PA Pictures through Getty Pictures)

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In response to The Day by day Mail, Vardy defined within the documentary she was abused by a person recognized to the household who was not a Jehovah’s Witness when she was 12. She mentioned she advised her mom about it who in flip when to a Jehovah’s Witness “Elder” for steering. Vardy mentioned it was recommended to her that she “misinterpreted” the abuse for affection.

She added within the documentary she was “mainly manipulated into believing it wasn’t the very best factor to do to take it any additional and take it to the police. The influence on me was wild.”

“I simply blamed myself,” she advised The Mail on Sunday. “I felt I hadn’t been adequate, I deserved it. All of it goes again to that childhood sample of looking for perfection.”

Vardy mentioned the influence had an amazing impact on her life. She mentioned she tried suicide at 14 and started to sofa surf by 15.

Rebekah Vardy in Russia

Fern Hawkins, girlfriend of Harry Maguire, Rebekah Vardy, spouse of Jamie Vardy of England through the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Third Place match between England and Belgium at Saint Petersburg stadium on July 14, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Jean Catuffe/Getty Pictures)

Jehovah’s Witness pushed again on a few of Vardy’s claims. The non secular group advised Channel 4 that elders are advised to report any allegations of kid abuse to the authorities. The group additionally rejected the notion that being expelled from the faith can result in suicidal ideas.

“Courts have rejected the allegation that disfellowshipping and so-called shunning ends in social isolation and discrimination,” the group mentioned. “And it’s merely deceptive and discriminatory to suggest that our faith is controlling.”

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Vardy married the soccer participant in 2016. She has 5 youngsters from three totally different relationships.

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