Did Elizabeth Moss’s Scientology beliefs lead to her divorce?

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Yesterday, Elizabeth Moss confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that she had officially filed for divorce from Fred Armisen, her husband of less than a year. This caused Us Weekly to run some weeks-old quotes from unnamed sources about Moss’s Scientology being the real problem in their marriage, not the whole thing about Fred Armisen hooking up with his 23-year-old SNL costar Abby Elliot. We covered the quotes here, when the story came out in the print edition of Us Weekly, but now they’re getting more play – HuffPo’s story on this has already gotten more than 400 comments. WTF? I guess people didn’t know that little Peggy from Mad Men rolls with Xenu.

It’s really over. Elisabeth Moss filed divorce papers in Los Angeles Monday to end her brief marriage to Fred Armisen, Entertainment Tonight confirms. The Mad Men actress, 28, wed the Saturday Night Live performer, 43, last October.

According to court documents, the couple have been separated since late June.

“They had issues,” one insider told Us Weekly of the short-lived pair. One of those issues? Moss’s ties to the Church of Scientology.

“Her religion was as important to her as their marriage, if not more,” another pal told Us. “He could not get with it.”

Armisen isn’t brooding on his own. After their separation, he connected with SNL costar Abby Elliot, 23. “Fred sought comfort in her after the split,” another source says, adding that Moss is “fine” with his new relationship.

“They are both moving on.”

[From Us Weekly]

I’ll say it again – I think Moss’s Scientology probably played a role in their split, but I’m not giving Fred Armisen a free pass either. He moved on so quickly it is suspicious, and it makes me sympathetic towards Moss. Plus, I just think she’s really talented and adorable, and I want her to hook up with someone interesting. Not The Hamm! But maybe Vincent Kartheiser…? He seems so weird though. Who would be good for my girl? I’m still drawing a blank.

Elisabeth Moss & Fred Armisen

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34 Responses to “Did Elizabeth Moss’s Scientology beliefs lead to her divorce?”

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  1. Janeth says:

    I’m scared of the XENU. I don’t understand that “religion” scary shit. I like her on Mad Men but the Scientology is creeping me out big time.

  2. RobN says:

    For me, if one partner is a xenu, the other gets a free pass to look for whatever normal partner they can find.

  3. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    2 years…and this suddenly bothered him. Ugh. Moss must have been pretty young when she did Girl,Interrupted if she is only 28. Wow. To bad they broke up they were such a cute couple.

    I just really hope that Abby Elliot thing isn’t true. I love both Fred and Abby but for some reason I would find their coupling gross.

  4. AMS511 says:

    that guy was a sci-fi writer & his books are good (if you’re into that)…but he was not a religious leader!

    i think the whole thing is a money laundering scheme for the rich & crazy!

  5. womanfromthenorth says:

    I agree with both Janet and Rob. I don’t get it..

  6. k says:

    Trying to imagine Chris Elliott as a father in law. Shudder.

  7. Sumodo1 says:

    Xenu brings new meaning to “mixed marriage!”

  8. jen says:

    Wow. I had no idea Chris Elliott was Abby’s father. I always learn something from Celebitchy readers/writers! 🙂

    Get A Life was an awesome show!

  9. Johnny'sGirl says:

    The guy looks like a creep, betcha he was looking around for someone as soon as he said I do…. Religion is something you definately need to address BEFORE you get married. Dumbass.

  10. Mandhy says:

    She is ugly. 28? 45 is more like it and he looks 32. do the math morons

  11. Brooke says:

    would it absolutely kill this chick to cut some nice fringe? I see her photo everywhere and it’s all forehead.

  12. KJ says:

    I agree with RobN. I don’t blame him for ending it if she’s with Xenu and Co.

    That’s so disappointing too, because I really like her. And normally I have the utmost respect for people’s religious beliefs. I think that most legitimate religions have something to offer the world and are, at their core, good. But finding out an actor you like is a Scientologist is, to quote the writer over at The Superficial, “just about as jarring as seeing their face on a Megan’s Law website.” Elizabeth Moss’ stock just plummeted in my book. Scientology is nothing but a scam and a joke.

  13. The Truth Fairy says:

    If she’s a Scientologist, she’s an idiot. I would divorce her too.

  14. Liana says:

    She is ugly. 28? 45 is more like it and he looks 32. do the math morons

    Wow Mandhy, you really like referring to other people as “morons” don’t you? This is the second time you’ve pulled the moron card out. Have nothing more interesting to say?

  15. EMV says:

    When a couple gets a divorce the marriage usually has been over for a good while. If he wants to move on fine, if she does, fine. Scientology is a brainwashing cult as far as I am concerned. Just because she is a good actress does not negate that maybe she is a looney. In interviews I had seen with Fred in them he seemed to be very in love with her, so I am torn.

  16. melanie says:

    I love her on Mad Men but I have to side with him. And if he sought sanctuary from Xenu in the arms of another I still can’t hate.

  17. justme says:

    Long time reader first time poster. I recently read the unauthorized biography of Tom Cruise. The book went over a lot of things that scientology does. It really is crazy religion. On more than on ocassion there were instances where a scientology follower realized that they wanted to get out, but had to face the reality that they would lose their practicing spouse as well as their family. Its quite sad I wouldn’t be surprised if thats what happened. Scientology isnt a religion in my opinion but a cult.

  18. Bea says:

    I agree with RobN (comment #2) and I’m not going to judge Armisen for moving on so quickly. He’s just left a dysfunctional marriage to a member of a mind control cult, so putting emotional, and physical distance between himself and lil’ Ms. Xenu is probably the healthiest thing for him. And for his career

    I do kinda judge him for marrying Elizabeth Moss in the first place. Her membership in Scientology was common knowledge for years. Was the sex so great, that he didn’t smell the crazy coming off that huge forehead?

    As for Moss: there’s always a chance that she could be the next Mrs. Tom Cruise.

  19. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    If you want a world class creepout, check ou the interview from 1985 with L. Ron Hubbard’s son. It’s safe to say that he was not a fan of his father.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if all of the constant talk about her being ‘fine’ after the split has more to due with PR for the cult than any true emotional state. Non-compliance with Miscavige’s erratic rule has disastrous consequences for a person who is looking to break rank. Personal and professional lives are attacked and exes (spouses or apostates) can have their lives destroyed. If she appears to be so blithe about the whole affair, perhaps it’s in an attempt to put the kibosh on the idea of Scientologist leaders have a ‘seek and destroy’ mandate when if comes to personal dissolution based on religious difference.

    I hate that she’s a Scientologist, I really like her on the show. But she pledges allegiance to a guy who physcially restrained his wife and performed a botched abortion (unsuccessful but hugely traumatic for mother and baby) that she never wanted in the first place. It also goes without saying that she never would have agreed to have had one performed in such a frightening manner. I don’t know, man.

  20. Mistral says:

    Scientology nonsense isn’t even a joke at this point—they are a dangerous and horrible cult. They break up families, force their followers to work like slaves, and leech millions out of their stupid rich followers (generally dumb celebs). They also gather as much dirt as they can on their followers to keep them trapped. As for L. Ron’s sci-fi writing skills—HAHAHAHA. The man was MEDIOCRE.

    Anyhow, I would have dropped her dumb ass too.

  21. Hautie says:

    Oh my, how brutal people are about her looks.

    I suspect her haircut is design for her character. She has been wearing the cutest flip on Mad Men and that requires a distinct cut.

    So give the girl some slack.

    The cut does not look bad with out the whole shampoo set thing done to get the flip. She is still a cute girl.

    But sadly I have to agree that it is a cult and they do alot of damage to people out of spite.

  22. Whatever says:

    Maybe she got deeper into it after they were married. Tom and Nicole were fine for years, until Tom reached upper levels and embraced the crazy. I don’t blame him for moving on quick, especially if she ended it because she chose her crazy religion over him. Smart guy for avoiding the cult!

  23. albeli says:


    Here I was thinking he was a dog, and suddenly I’m all, “RUN far away from her as fast as you can!”

  24. Andrea-2 says:

    It shows how afraid people in Hollywood are of the Scientologists that no one has yet done a movie on the life of L. Ron Hubbard. It would have everything: insanity, the beginnings of a ‘religion’, money laundering, drug and alcohol addiction-the list is endless.

  25. Confuzzle says:

    Please note: Xenu is the $cientologist’s Devil. Their bad guy. To be with Xenu does not mean what you think it does.

  26. AJ says:

    Not another frikken UFO worshiper. How disappointing.

  27. DiMi says:

    Why is everybody attacking her looks? She’s attractive and talented. Why do we tear apart a woman’s looks when we don’t like her character or choices? It’s so sexist and wrong. Yes, I think scientology is a crazy cult, but that doesn’t make her ugly.

  28. Granger says:

    Ummm… Dude is 43-years-old. In other words, old enough to have figured out BEFORE HE GOT MARRIED that his beloved’s religion might be a problem.

    So I don’t buy this story.

  29. Whatever says:

    @Confuzzle, yeah but it’s still funny.

  30. lucy2 says:

    I would not get involved with someone in CoS. But I think she grew up in it, and he should have known all of that going in. It may have been an issue, but I doubt it’s the only one.

    I’m willing to bet it’s a number of things that contributed to the end of the marriage – don’t forget, they work 3000 miles apart all the time, that’s not easy on a new marriage either.

  31. bombmob says:

    Fred cared as much about Elisabeth being a Scientologist as he cares about Abby being half his age. He’s a sex addict, he doesn’t care who he’s having sex with.

  32. Jane Q. Doe says:

    Lucy2 – I agree with you. It’s not like she sprung her CoS beliefs on him, they’d been together for 2 years. Surely it came up previously.
    I have to admit though, I’d never heard anything about her being a Xenu-hater until the divorce news broke…

  33. pats says:

    Why is everyone trashing HER looks when he looks retarded. He knew about her religion before he married her and they lived together. It seems she was like any other new bride just a few months ago saying how she wanted to take his name and was thinking of having a baby then suddenly it ended. It’s very weird how suddenly they split and are moving on so quickly.
    It seems she found out something she just couldn’t put up with –aka a tiger woods thing maybe?

  34. Nareyia says:

    Wow, almost everyone on this comment list is unfortunately a bigot. I am a Scientologist and GUESS what? I think for myself and your comments are RIDICULOUS! You should be ashamed of yourselves! OMG! LOL! I bet none of you have ever even bothered to actually go into a Church of Scientology and get a tour let alone not read something published by an ENEMY of Scientology. I should go visit the people who talk the worst and make up lies about you and then write a “Unauthorized Biography” on all your supposed “family secrets”, etc. People divorce for different reasons. Anyone who can keep a marriage together nowadays should feel lucky they have something that is working! So, STOP tearing people apart and go find something worthwhile to do with your life!