AN OnlyFans model who escaped America’s “most hated family” has told how she overcame her demons to build a huge fitness empire and follow her calling to be a nurse.
Lauren Drain, 36, now a mum-of-one, spent seven years at Westboro Baptist Church – infamous for hurling vile abuse at everyone from the LGBT community to attendees at soldiers’ funerals.
8Lauren as a teenager protesting with Westboro Baptist Church8Lauren Drain, 36, spent seven years at Westboro Baptist ChurchCredit: Instagram8Lauren’s sexy selfies have won over millions online and earned her the title of the world’s hottest nurseCredit: Instagram8Lauren is a fully trained nurse turned fitness extraordinaireLauren’s dad, Steve, first brought the family into the fold of the church after filming a documentary on the cult-like group, and then converting to their beliefs.
For seven years, Lauren was a committed believer who regularly attended Westboro protests with her family, where they would urge “sinners” to “repent or go to hell”.
But she was banished from the family when she was 21 after they discovered she was talking to a boy who wasn’t part of the church.
She left behind her family, including her beloved sister Taylor, brother Bo, and youngest sister Faith, who she is no longer allowed to speak to.
Although Lauren said being exiled by her family was “the absolute most devastating moment of my life”, she was able to rebuild her life.
After years of battling her demons, Lauren has married a model, built a fitness empire, and boasts four million followers on her Instagram.
Her sexy selfies have won over millions online and earned her the title of the world’s hottest nurse.
She told Sun Online: “I did feel called to nursing to help people.
“When my little sister Taylor had cancer as a baby when she was not even one yet, I fell in love with that profession.
“Taylor’s doctor was a nurse practitioner, who I believe helped save her life.
“Nursing is a highly rewarding profession when you get to help save lives and families recover.
“I love how intense it can be to think and act on your toes. I started in cardiology step-down from the ICU and I eventually made it to the float pool to help low staffing nurses all over the hospital.
“I love the challenging intensity of the job. Nurses are a special breed of humans and I am honoured to be a part of that community.”
Westboro Baptist Church was founded in Topeka, Kansas in 1955 by Baptist pastor Fred Phelps and became notorious for its hate-filled protests and extreme values.
The hate group has made headlines across the world for their love of picketing the funerals of US veterans and kids while holding signs that read vile slogans such as “fags doom nations”, “God hates America” and “Jerusalem shall be destroyed”.
SHAME AND PUNISHMENT
Now Lauren has spoken out about her former life with Westboro Baptist Church.
Known for its hard-line attitudes, she said she struggled with the strict rules of the cult-like group.
She said parents would even monitor emails and texts and limit any interaction with anyone on the outside.
Although her days were filled with chores and strict rules, Lauren said she enjoyed learning with her best pal, and looking after her younger siblings.
“It was a very strict culture. I wasn’t allowed to cut my hair, paint my nails, date or talk with boys, or really make friends with anyone outside of the church,” Lauren said.
“We had a lot of church-related schedules around daily picketing, cleaning up church property, doing household and neighbourhood lawn work and chores.
“Many of the Westboro parents would monitor their kids’ emails, cell phone texts and limit any interaction with anyone outside of the church.”
8Lauren, a mum-of-one, said she struggled with the strict culture at the churchCredit: INSTAGRAM8Lauren said fitness has allowed her to escape the damage inflicted on her by her old hateful religionCredit: INSTAGRAM8Westboro Baptist Church members would urge ‘sinners’ to ‘repent or go to hell’Credit: Getty Images – Getty8Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of the Westboro Baptist ChurchCredit: AP:Associated PressAnd if anyone was booted out, they were banned from speaking to their parents, siblings or any other family members ever again.
“There was a lot of fear-based shaming and punishments for any rules broken and questions asked by us when we were young,” Lauren said.
“I asked a lot of questions, so clearly I became a target for some of the church humiliation and punishments.
“To me now, it was all part of their goal to control the members and keep them in line with their strict rules and judgmental beliefs.
“They openly judged everyone to death and hell, which became a source of discomfort for me as I got older and wiser.”
Even before Lauren was banished from the hateful church, a protest at a child’s funeral who had been shot was a major wake-up call.
“I used to enjoy discussing the Bible on the picket lines out of town – unless it became contentious, which oftentimes it did, due to the judgmental nature of our signs,” she said.
“I think the moment I realised I no longer wanted to be a part of Westboro was when the pastor had announced that we were to go picket the funeral of several Amish children who were shot and died.
“My heart sank and my stomach felt sick.
“Despite years of brainwashing, I couldn’t believe we would harass the parents who suddenly lost their precious children to a tragedy.
“It was disgusting but judging on how fiendishly excited some of the Westboro members acted about picketing such events, I realised there was no room to question it without consequences.”
Lauren was eventually booted out of the group after her family found out she was communicating with a boy outside the church.
“They believed it was reason enough to kick me out, no questions asked, zero apologies and zero forgiveness,” she said.
“I was cut off immediately from my precious family who I had been living with and communing with daily for over seven years while in the church.
“The church had a zero tolerance policy for communicating with banished members.
“Getting banished from the church was the absolute most devastating moment of my life and I wouldn’t wish the separation of family on my worst enemy.”
Lauren featured in Louis Theroux’s hit 2007 documentary The Most Hated Family in America and its follow-up, America’s Most Hated Family in Crisis, and has gone from strength to strength since.
Ironically, I used to be the one who shouted hateful comments at people on picket lines when I was an adolescentLauren Drain
But with such a huge following online, she still struggles with hateful comments from trolls.
“Ironically, I used to be the one who shouted hateful comments at people on picket lines when I was an adolescent,” she said.
“Life sure is strange and can come full circle.
“There will always be people who troll others. Some of the trolls are just hurting people who project, and some of them learned those behaviours from others.
“Either way, as I get older, I’ve grown thicker skin, and realise most of the hate isn’t personal and it’s often them projecting their bad feelings about themselves onto others.
“Ever since I left Westboro, I promised God and myself I will never intentionally hurt or destroy someone’s heart.
“It has taken many years of bible studies and therapy to turn the other cheek and rise above all forms of hate, but I feel I’m getting there.”
Lauren said fitness has allowed her to escape the damage inflicted on her by her old hateful religion.
“Fitness has saved my life and so many others,” she said.
“I now train my clients full time all over the world with my six week fitness challenges.
“We get in amazing shape, have total body transformations and join a supportive fitness community.
“I have a fitness challenge running now – it starts on November 6 and it involves my brand new fitness app with meal recipes and workout tutorials.”
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