James Packer’s ex-fiancee Kate Fischer, who dated the billionaire for five years, has spoken out about her high-profile relationship – and her former partner’s ties to the controversial Church of Scientology.
The 43-year-old, who changed her name to Tziporah Malkah after converting to Orthodox Judaism, has largely kept out of the spotlight after her relationship with Packer ended in 1998.
Before landing in the South African jungle for Channel Ten's reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Tziporah has revealed that while dating the businessman in the 90s, he introduced her to Scientology.
But if you’re hoping for juicy inside goss about the infamous religious sect, you won’t get them from Tziporah, who refuses to comment further out of fear for her safety. “I don’t want to get murdered, so I would rather not comment about Scientologists,” she told The Daily Telegraph.
Though she remains tight-lipped on the cult-like religion, Tziporah is more than happy to dish on her ex’s behaviour, saying she felt “intimidated” after their highly-publicized relationship ended.
“He bullied me after we broke up,” she revealed to the publication. “He was absolutely ferocious. I had never seen that side of him before.”
The former model and actress, who is now based in Melbourne working in aged care, also believes Packer ruined her burgeoning career. “[Acting] was sort of nipped in the bud a bit,” she told TV Week. “I wasn’t allowed to flourish as an actor, because he made sure he kiboshed all of that when we broke up. It sort of ruined my life a bit.”
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After years of flying under the radar, Tziporah has shocked viewers with her heavier appearance – which, aside from raising money for her charity Women’s Housing, is the reason she joined the gruelling reality show. “I will lose weight [in South Africa]. I am unhealthy,” she admits to The Daily Telegraph. “My doctor says I am on the brink of diabetes.”
Be has contacted Scientology and Tziporah’s reps for comment.