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Ja Rule, rapper and I’m in Love With a Church Girl star, shares in a recent radio interview how his early experiences as a Jehovah’s Witness left him disenchanted with religion, why he and his wife decided to get saved at Hillsong NYC church, and why he finds Pastor Mason “Ma$e” Betha’s explicit rap lyrics “very confusing.”

Ja Rule, born Jeffrey Atkins, appeared on the popular radio show “The Breakfast Club” on Thursday to promote his new memoir, Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man, a new MTV reality show with his family, and other projects. The bulk of the interview, however, centered around religion.

Ja Rule, who previously shared being raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, revealed that what turned him off from the religion was how his family members shunned his mother once she was disfellowshipped from the faith community.

“I found that rather odd,” he said. “I was living with my grandmother at the time. My mom would get me on the weekends and stuff like that. And then they were like, ‘You’re not gonna be able to go with your mom on the weekends anymore.'”

“I didn’t understand it like that. And I was like, ‘Well that’s not gonna fly, and I’m leaving here and gonna live with my mother,'” the rapper said. “We were kinda like the black sheep now. Nobody was dealing with my mother, and that was crazy.”

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