By: AJ Niles
Mimi Faust had an explosive revelation while in therapy with her baby’s father Stevie J. on the hit show Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. Mimi Faust’s mother, Gloria Eva (Simmons) James , with the help of her religion Scientology, abandoned Mimi at the age of 13.
During a frank and candid interview with The Village Voice, Mimi speaks out about being abandoned and how she was treated by the religion as a child.
“When my mom joined Scientology, I was still living here in Atlanta. I think I was six or seven when she was introduced to Scientology. By the time I was 8 or 9 she just went balls to the wall and sold everything we owned. Our house, our car, everything.
That’s what she wanted to do. She didn’t care what we thought about it. We moved to Big Blue.
[Our] life was completely turned upside down. We lived in a room with bunk beds. We went to the cafeteria for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And my mom was working all the time. I only got to see her during what they called ‘Family Time,’ from five to seven pm. Just two hours a day.
Mimi was abandoned by her mother after Mimi decided that she was not going to sign a pledge dedicating her life to the Scientology religion.
“At 13, they told me that I was a freeloader. I was eating their food and staying in their facility. They told me I either needed to sign a billion-year contract or I had to leave.
My mother never outright said she wanted me to join the Sea Org,” Mimi says. “She knew how I felt. I just knew that it was not what I wanted to do.
“I packed up my little bag and left. I had no idea where to go.
…I figured my mom would try to stop me. But there was nothing. She didn’t ask me where I was going, she didn’t ask if I had bus fare. I think that’s what hurt the most. That she just watched me walk away.”
Mimi says that 4 years after her mother left her, she got a phone call from her at age 17. She then decided to pay her Mother a visit, and catch up with her despite their troubled past. Unfortunately for Mimi, an innocent visit turned into just another attempt to force her into Scientology. Mimi recalls the moment she realized that the invitation was no longer friendly:
“When I was 17, my mother called and said she wanted to see me. We hadn’t seen each other in four years. I caught the bus back down to the building. It was great to see her. I got a hug. I looked up, and there were four Sea Org officers (officers in the religion) standing there while my mom and I were trying to catch up. I thought it was really odd.
I looked up, and there were four Sea Org officers standing there while my mom and I were trying to catch up. I thought it was really odd.
They said over and over, ‘Sign the paper. Sign the paper. Sign the paper.’ They were chanting it. I thought I was in the Twilight Zone. I look at my mom, and she’s looking out the window. I felt like I was there on my own again. I didn’t sign it. I told them sorry, I’m not going to sign the thing.”
Mimi says it was at this moment that they taped the contract to the door and told her she could not leave until she signed it.
“I just acted like a complete fool. I cursed and screamed. I just lost it. They finally let me out, and I just hauled ass. I was so mad at my mom. It was years before I saw her again. And we never spoke about that moment until I was 27. She had the nerve to tell me that she didn’t know I felt that way, and she didn’t know why I was so upset.”
Mimi says Scientology owned every part of her mother, and says that the religion is the reason Mimi and her brother could no longer have a real relationship with her. Oddly enough, Mimi says she can’t escape an invitation to join since they seem to track her down everywhere she goes:
“They always find my new number. It’s so insane. No matter where I move or what I do, they call me and say they want to send some new literature.”