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Michelle Pfeiffer says she used to be in a 'breatharian' cult

Michelle Pfeiffer was in her 20s when she became involved in a cult that encouraged its followers to live without food or water.
Posted By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   Nov. 3, 2013 at 6:19 PM
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(UPI) -- Tabloids are full of stories of Hollywood actresses on crazy fad diets, but Michelle Pfeiffer once belonged to a cult that believed human beings could learn to live on nothing but air.

In a recent interview with The Sunday Telegraph, the 55-year-old actress said she was 20 when she moved to Los Angeles and met a couple who acted like "personal trainers."

“They worked with weights and put people on diets. Their thing was vegetarianism,” she said. “They were very controlling. I wasn’t living with them but I was there a lot and they were always telling me I needed to come more. I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it was financially very draining.”

The couple believed in breatharianism -- the idea that followers should try to move beyond veganism.

Though Pfeiffer is still a vegan, she said she realized she was in a cult when she met her first husband, actor Peter Horton. He was working on a film about cults at the time when she had the epiphany: "I was in one."

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