Kat Von D opens up about her controversial decision to denounce witchcraft and embrace Christianity – as she reveals she was left ‘miserable’ after turning against the church in favor of ‘new age stuff’
- The tattoo artist, 41, appeared on a recent episode of the Relatable podcast
- She revealed how she began to turn her back on practicing spiritualism in 2020
- The LA Ink star said she does not believe her love for Jesus will ‘dim out’
Kat Von D has opened up about her decision to abandon ‘witchcraft’ and embrace Christianity after sparking furious backlash with her baptism video.
The 41-year-old tattoo artist – born Katherine von Drachenberg – appeared on a recent episode of the Relatable podcast with host Allie Beth Stuckey.
She revealed how she turned her back on practicing spiritualism after ‘re-evaluating her perspectives.’
The LA Ink star said that she is now ‘on fire for Jesus,’ adding: ‘I don’t plan on this dimming out.’
Kat Von D has opened up about her decision to abandon ‘witchcraft’ and embrace Christianity after sparking furious backlash with her baptism video
The 41-year-old tattoo artist – born Katherine von Drachenberg – appeared on a recent episode of the Relatable podcast with host Allie Beth Stuckey
Kat, who was born in Mexico, was raised by her parents as missionary Christians, adding that she ‘grew up with God’ in the household.
The family moved to America when she was six years old where the star revealed she ‘ended up straying’ after adopting a ‘freethinking mentality’ which saw her ‘question everything.’
She ran away from home when she was just 14 years old and began ‘resenting’ the church.
‘As I got into my 20s I started looking – without knowing – into new age stuff,’ Kat explained.
She began practicing spiritualism which included tarot cards, mediation camps and spiritual retreats.
But Kat was forced to rethink her entire outlook just before the lockdown in 2020 after she was left ‘miserable’ and came to the realization that ‘this obviously hasn’t worked for us.’
‘I started just kind of re-evaluating. Going down the list of what I’m doing with my life and what my perspectives are and then it got to the part of my spirituality and that’s where I started really rethinking a lot of things.’
Kat began watching sermons every Sunday, adding: ‘I just desired more and more and more and so I just started studying the Bible.’
Kat (left) told the host (right) how she turned her back on practicing spiritualism after ‘re-evaluating her perspectives’
Shortly afterwards, she threw away a series of her occult books including those on witchcraft, meditation and yoga.
The LA Ink star said: ‘I came to this really awesome realization that night that I don’t want these crutches in my life anymore – and that’s what I really saw them as. I just want Jesus.
‘I feel like it’s a very narrow road. I feel like these breathing techniques or spellwork or nature worship – all of these things are just crutches. They’re not really my answer.
‘I would rather eliminate any distractions and this is just what works for me.’
Kat revealed that getting rid of the books was her way of ‘proclaiming where I stand with certain things.’
‘I don’t want to have anything to do with this anymore.’
Revealing her position now, she said: ‘I’m on fire for Jesus. I don’t plan on this dimming out.
‘The more and more I learn the more and more excited I get about things and the more at ease I am about what’s happening in this world and what’s happening in my marriage or in all of it.’
Kat, who now attends church every Sunday, got baptized in October and shared a video at the time of the church ceremony attended by scores of her tattooed friends.
Kat, who now attends church every Sunday, got baptized in October and shared a video at the time of the church ceremony attended by scores of her tattooed friends
The clip, which was captioned with a simple cross, saw Kat – who has been known for her gothic and macabre signature style throughout her career – dressed in a white robe as she took part in the immersion baptism.
The pastor said: ‘Katherine von Drachenberg, upon your profession of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in obedience to His Divine command, I baptize you, my sister, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.’
The star – who famously hooked up with Jesse James in the wake of his split from Sandra Bullock in 2010 – was then submerged in water before coming back out and hugging her pastor.
But the video sparked widespread backlash as she felt she had ‘an entire community of people attacking’ her and her family.
Speaking about the criticism she said: ‘It went from “well her hand wasn’t completely submerged underwater so it doesn’t count”… to “she’s faking it this is just for a PR stunt.” People weren’t there.’
Kat explained: ‘I’m not an idiot. I knew that when I posted that video that people would have questions.
Describing it as ‘one of the most important days’ of her life, she added: ‘To publicly proclaim this was me setting some things right.
‘It was important to me to share that because I could have just kept it to myself and just kept going on but I was like no this is something I want to celebrate and I want to be open and honest about it.’
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