Jessica Alba Left the Church Because Of Their Stance on Homosexuality

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In a candid interview with The Daily BeastJessica Alba revealed the shocking reason she strayed from the church.

The Sin City: A Dame To Kill For star told the site that she fell in love with a bisexual boy during her teenage years at theater camp. Consequently, she began to question religion's stance on homosexuality and premarital sex.

"I fell in love when I was 16, and had this major on... I guess he was a drag queen?" she told the site. "He was bisexual and a ballerina, and this was while I was at the Atlantic Theater Company in Vermont. We used to go to this gay club, and I'd dance with him all night, four nights a week. I was so in love with him and thought, 'There's no way this guy's going to hell.' Because, in my church, it was, 'Anybody who's gay is going to hell' and 'Premarital sex is evil.' And, I thought, 'There's no chance! This guy is amazing!' So that went right out the window."

Alba, who grew up Catholic but converted to Evangelicalism, once said that the church's treatment of women forced her to abandon religion altogether in favor of a more spiritual existence.

"Older men would hit on me, and my youth pastor said it was because I was wearing provocative clothing, when I wasn't," she said. "It just made me feel like if I was in any way desirable to the opposite sex, that it was my fault, and it made me ashamed of my body and of being a woman."

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New YorkNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. . You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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