Reality stars from Geordie Shore and Love Island turn their back on partying and OnlyFans to connect with GOD
Katie Salmon revealed this week that she’s turned her back on her wild ways and has embraced Christianity after reaching her ‘breaking point’.
The Love Island star, 27, often hit the headlines with stories of debauchery but has now revealed that she’s been baptised and is living life as a born-again Christian.
Reality TV critics have accused the industry for years of promoting partying, drinking and promiscuity, with appearing on the shows considered to be a fast track to fame.
Several stars have since come out and revealed their regrets at oversharing on camera, admitting they felt under pressure to continue pursuing fame at any cost and are unable to shake off the public’s perception of them after being shown at their worst.
After struggling to cope with the mental and physical toll of partying and public scrutiny, several stars have sought redemption through religion.
Change of heart: Katie Salmon revealed this week that she’d turned her back on her wild ways and has embraced Christianity after reaching her ‘breaking point’ and she isn’t the only one
Katie Salmon – Love Island
Katie soared to fame after appearing on series two of Love island in 2016, where she made history by pairing up with the late Sophie Gradon in the show’s first same-sex couple.
She continued to hit the headlines afterwards for her antics, which included earning herself a ‘lifetime ban’ from Cheltenham Festival after she flashed her breasts at punters; selling X-rated content on OnlyFans; and most recently being questioned by police after a fight that saw her rushed to hospital.
The past year has been the most tumultuous, with Katie battling post-natal depression following the birth of daughter Thaiga, now 19 months, splitting from fiancé Harry and her brush with the law.
After reaching ‘breaking point’, Katie turned to religion and was baptised in July. The mother-of-one has also given up her lucrative career selling X-rated images on OnlyFans.
Throwback: Katie soared to fame on series two of Love island in 2016, where she made history by pairing up with the late Sophie Gradon (right) in the show’s first same-sex couple
Alongside a series of racy snaps and images from her baptism, Katie – who has cleared her grid of raunchy images – shared: ‘3 months since I was baptised… ✨
‘From being at breaking point in my life to finding hope and peace in the storm I won’t stop speaking his name or what he’s done with my life.
‘God is my saviour and in a world that’s dark, covered with evil people and pain I want every soul to know theirs a way out, Wether you understand it or not. Theirs hope and glory in his name.
‘I want to make clear this isn’t a post or trend to say how God stopped me dressing provocatively, exposing my body online or covering my face in makeup.
‘He didn’t stop me doing anything, he simply loved me just for who I am and made me look at myself the way he looks at me.
‘I found a relationship with the Lord himself not a religion but a deeper meaningful relationship. I want to honour him, his word and his people.
Everything has changed inside and around me so my posts may have changed. My look, my bank balance and my clothing BUT I am more me than ever before.
‘Even on days I don’t know what’s coming or why things are happening in this world, I will praise you for you never leave me and always love me even when am wrong. Thank you Jesus ❤️ [sic]’
Hallelujah: Katie turned to religion and was baptised in July. The mother-of-one has also given up her lucrative career selling X-rated images on OnlyFans
Glyn Wise – Big Brother
Glyn was just 18-years old when he appeared on the seventh series of Big Brother – then a hugely popular Channel 4 flagship – in 2006.
While he has been a Christian since birth, Glyn, now 35, confessed that he was swept up by London’s hectic party scene as he adjusted to life in the public eye after finishing runner-up to winner Pete Bennett.
He struggled to adapt to his newfound celebrity status and admits his devout attachment to Christianity was all but forgotten as he attended non-stop red carpet events, exclusive parties and premieres.
He previously told MailOnline: ‘I was invited to all sorts of parties and movie premieres – but deep down I felt lonely. During this period I left my faith behind. I had lost the real me in the middle of the glitz and glamour of fame. I needed to get back on track.
‘I had become someone I hardly recognised, but yet everyone else felt as though they knew me.’
Glyn eventually turned his back on fame and returned to his native Wales, where he enrolled in a Welsh degree at Cardiff University and settled into student life while reconnecting with his faith.
A five year spell overseas teaching English literature, sports studies and ‘survival GCSE Spanish’ in China set him on the path to Priesthood, with Glyn quickly integrating himself into Shanghai’s Community Church.
Popular: Glyn was just 18-years old when he appeared on the seventh series of Big Brother – then a hugely popular Channel 4 flagship – in 2006
Last year, he revealed his plans to devote himself to God and announced he is training to be a priest in north London.
After The spread of Covid resulted in Glyn returning to the United Kingdom, his responsibilities in China soon led him to a new role as a Pastoral Assistant at St. Michael’s Church in Camden.
He said: ‘While reading the Church Times I came across an ad that was looking for Pastoral Assistants at Old St Pancreas diocese. I jumped on the chance and found myself in the role within a week.
‘I gained a lot of experience and knowledge from Father Michael at St Michaels Church in Camden. From gaining people skills to general running of the Church I have embraced every second of it.
‘I have never felt closer to God in my life and now I’m fortunate enough to find myself in a position where I’ll be in full time training to become a priest with the Church in Wales starting September.
‘The confidence I carry is thanks to my experience as a Pastoral Assistant and I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life.’
New direction: Glyn has revealed his decision to embrace Christianity and become a priest began after he lost himself to fame following his appearance on the show
Blac Chyna – Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Angela White, commonly known as Blac Chyna, began her career as a stripper before making her name as a model and hip-hop muse.
She achieved even more fame when she began dating rapper Tyga and the couple welcomed a son together, King Cairo, in 2012, two years before they split.
Tyga moved on with Kylie Jenner and in a bizarre twist, Chyna then ended up dating Kylie’s brother Rob Kardashian.
The couple – who welcomed daughter Dream in 2016 – had a tumultuous relationship which often played out on screens in Keeping Up With The Kardashians and subsequently their spin-off show, Rob and Chyna.
They split for good in 2017 and last year she reached an 11th hour cash settlement with her ex-fiancé in her lawsuit accusing him of posting ‘revenge porn’ of her online after they split up.
She shocked fans this March when she revealed she had been secretly baptised the year before and said reconnecting with God inspired her dramatic physical and mental make-under.
On screen: Blac Chyna (right) began her career as a stripper before making her name as a model and hip-hop muse (pictured on Keeping Up With the Kardashians with Kim Kardashian)
The model spoke exclusively to DailyMail.com about putting a very sudden end to her provocative online content – for which she earned $2 million in two years – and beginning the process of reversing all of the cosmetic work that she has had done over the years.
Revealing all in a candid chat, the model explained she came to the realization that continuing to share very X-rated images and videos on the ‘degrading’ platform was not ‘what God will want me to do’.
‘I’m not doing OnlyFans anymore. I’m kind of past that,’ she began. ‘It is one of those things where I did what I needed to do at that moment because of the circumstances I was in.’
Adding that she now chooses to ‘trust God in every step’, The Real Blac Chyna star explained that she has also been leaning on a support group of fellow Christians to provide prayers and spiritual guidance amid her life transformation.
As for the reason why she was moved to embrace the Christian faith at this point in her life, Angela revealed it was born out of her desire to ‘become whole’.
‘I just got sick and tired of being sick and tired of the same repetitive things’, the reality star recalled.
‘I thought, “Let me dig deep and see what it is that I’m doing wrong.” Because obviously there’s something I’m not doing right, even if I think I am. Now I’m doing the right thing to the best of my ability so I can become whole.’
Wow: She shocked fans this March when she revealed she had been secretly baptised the year before and said reconnecting with God inspired her dramatic physical and mental make-under
Faith Mullen – Geordie Shore
Faith, 24, was already a Christian when she signed up for Geordie Shore and viewers were keen to see how she navigated her beliefs on the show – which was accused of promoting heavy drinking and bed hopping.
She was 19 when she appeared on series 18 of Geordie Shore and told MailOnline at the time: ‘My religion fits in perfectly with Geordie Shore. Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine. He didn’t say no to partying. The other Geordies were very good about it.’
However, Faith’s time on the show was short lived and she was axed a year later for being involved in an ‘altercation’ when she was out drinking in Newcastle.
She revealed that she lost her way and struggled with drinking, describing her relationship with God as ‘non-existent’.
Faith explained this year that she decided to go sober and embrace her Christianity again, telling her Instagram followers: ’12 months ago today I woke up and knew if I didn’t change and get help that day I probably wasn’t going to be around much longer.
‘After years of struggling with the amount I was drinking, ruining relationships, friendships, not able to hold down jobs, having my loved ones worried sick, my mental health was in such a dark place I’d be regularly self harming.
‘After therapy, never mind my none existent relationship with God, after years of making excuses, even at my worst I don’t think many knew how bad it really got.’
Interesting: Faith, 24, was already a Christian when she signed up for Geordie Shore and viewers were keen to see how she navigated her beliefs on the show
She continued: ‘Even after I had went all the way to the Dominican, been giving this once in a lifetime opportunity by the BBC to change my life, I came home and went straight back to my old ways, not even 48 hours stepping off the flight home I found myself stumbling home after another session.
‘Once again, waking up, saying things had to change, yet doing it over and over for weeks to come. Until finally I woke up after Loosefest, after saying I wasn’t going to drink, after blacking out again.
‘Knowing I’d finally pushed everyone away. I put my ego aside and went that night and got help from people who had been through the same thing, I walked into an AA meeting, still off my face, but was welcomed by some lovely people.
‘After a few weeks sober, and multiple meetings all over the north east God got me back into the church I’d grew up in, I learnt soon after that my church community was going to work better for me personally, but I do still following the teachings of the AA program to this day.
‘The only way I could fight the demon drink was in my Lords house. I can’t believe how much he has heeled me in a year, I am so secure in who I am in him.
‘I am finally the daughter my mam knew I could be, after a decade of prayer I’ve finally came out the other side. Satan has a hold on me no more.
I’m able to live back home with family, not just hold down a full time job but thrive in it, I don’t have a lot of friendships but the ones I do are healthy and with people who only want the best for me.
‘365 days since I last abused alcohol or took illegal substances, I am standing here today as a testament to what God can do.’
In church: Faith lost her way and struggled with drinking, describing her relationship with God as ‘non-existent’. Last year she decided to go sober and embrace her Christianity again
Scarlett Moffatt – Gogglebox
Scarlett, 33, quickly became TV’s golden girl when she appeared with her family on Channel 4’s Gogglebox.
Her down-to-earth attitude and quick wit landed her a place in the I’m A Celebrity camp and she was crowned Queen Of The Jungle after beating Joel Dommett.
She went on to nab a series of high profile television gigs and made staggering profits with a top selling weight loss DVD, but her star power shattered when it was revealed she had deliberately put on weight to get the contract.
Scarlett said the decision was the ‘worst thing I’ve ever done’ but soon found herself in more controversy when she was accused of ‘taking advantage and ghosting’ after begging an online start-up for a bespoke £150 skirt and then failing to deliver pre-agreed social media posts.
She made her TV comeback in the controversial TV show, The British Tribe Next Door, which saw Scarlett and her family live alongside the Himba community in a Namibian tribal village, with scenes that left viewers ‘uncomfortable’.
Throwback: Scarlett, 33, quickly became TV’s golden girl when she appeared with her family on Channel 4’s Gogglebox
However, last year she took on a project that changed her life and she announced that she is now a Christian after undertaking ‘thought-provoking’ spiritual pilgrimage.
Scarlett explored her beliefs in BBC2’s Pilgrimage: The Road to the Scottish Isles where she travelled across Ireland and Scotland meeting monks and priests along with a host of other stars.
She said: ‘I was travelling for 15 long days but it did feel like a year. My grandad was always really religious and I would do a prayer when I was in a sad place but I didn’t really know what my religion was and I wanted to find out what religion means to me.
‘It was really thought provoking. I am normally on my phone or chatting with my friends but I have taken the time to think now.
‘Now I would say that I am a Christian. I am now still getting used to it. We went to live with some monks and we chatted about our beliefs and I defending my religion and beliefs and then I thought that it must mean a lot to me.’
Journey: Scarlett is now a Christian after undertaking ‘thought-provoking’ spiritual pilgrimage for a BBC2 show with (back from L-R: Shazia Mirza, Louisa Clien, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Scarlett, Will Bayley, front: left Nick Hewer and right Monty Panesar)
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