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Ayo Edebiri left the church because of her gay & Muslim friends

Ayo Edebiri left the church because of her gay & Muslim friends

Ayo Edebiri at the 2024 Met Gala
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The Bottoms star opened up about her life in a new interview with Vanity Fair.

We're getting to know The Bear and Bottoms star Ayo Edebiri a lot better thanks to a new interview with Vanity Fair.

In the cover story, Edebiri talked about her career, her youth, her love of acting, and her relationship with fame. At one point, Edebiri discussed how moving from Boston to New York City for college changed a lot about how she saw the world. She explained how, before college, she was raised Pentecostal and was deeply involved in church life.

"I was petrified of death. I was petrified of the rapture," Edebiri admitted. In college, though, she struggled to reconcile her church's teachings that her new gay and Muslim friends wouldn't go to heaven with her own beliefs and feelings.

"It was genuinely breaking my brain and giving me so much stress and sadness," she explained. "I was just like, 'I need a break.'"

According to this new cover story, she's still on that break — other than the occasional visit to church with her parents.

Elsewhere, she addressed her supposed "beef" with Jennifer Lopez, who was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live when she hosted the show for the first time. Back in 2020, Edebiri appeared on a podcast and made comments that were perceived as negative about J-Lo.

Of course, it was all much ado about nothing, and Edebiri even poked fun at the controversy in a sketch that night. "That would be like Mr. Bean and Mick Jagger beefing," Edebiri told Vanity Fair. "I'm obviously Mr Bean. She's J.Lo!"

Edebiri also added that when she apologized to Lopez before the show, the singer was "very chill and nice about it."

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Mey Rude

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.