Prince’s death in 2016 had people divided. The reason? The barrier-breaking, sometimes bawdy star was, in reality, a devoted Jehovah’s Witness who reportedly opposed marriage equality for the LGBTQIA community. If you listen closely, his body of work contains strong spiritual and religious themes.
Prince was raised as a Seventh-Day Adventist but later became a Jehovah’s Witness. His beliefs, however, were his own. The sexual overtones of his performances were an expression of spirituality, in his view. PRINCE was also obsessed with the afterlife and Judeo-Christian scripture.
Miley Cyrus was baptized in a Southern Baptist church and continues to identify as a Christian. But, while faith is still important to her, she does not express it by going to church every Sunday. Instead, she's spiritual in her own way.
A defining shift in her relationship with the church was its discrimination against the queer community. She was coming into her own sexual identity then, only to discover the church had no space for people like her. But she came in like a wrecking ball - dismantling old notions and redefining her relationship with God as an adult.
The world knows and loves Mayim Balik as "Amy" – the hyper-rationalist neuroscientist on the "Big Bang Theory." She's also a neuroscientist in real life, and one of the reasons why many people find it surprising that Balik is devoted to her Jewish faith. A woman of science and religion? Now that makes for some interesting conversations.
She studies religious texts and scientific papers with equal passion. The actor is also known to disconnect from social media during Sabbath. Being religious may not be "trendy" in Hollywood circles. Balik is open and proud of her faith, regardless.
Elisabeth Moss is one of the few celebrities that grew up in the Church of Scientology. Most stars join the church after gaining fame and recognition. Moss rarely speaks about her faith. Instead, she prefers audiences to focus on her craft and performances on-screen.
Fans have long struggled to reconcile her impeccable artistry in "The Handmaid's Tale" with her Scientology affiliation, especially since she plays a feminist warrior fighting back against an oppressive establishment.
Tiger Woods was raised Buddhist by his Thai mother, actively pursuing the religion as a child. He went to the temple with his mother and even practiced meditation. However, woods left the religion, only to return to his faith during the darkest moments of his life.
When news about his numerous infidelities made headlines, Woods took refuge in Buddhism to turn his life around. The focus on inner growth through spirituality is an aspect of Buddhism that speaks to Woods the most.