Actor escapes porn and finds true love

Brittni and Richard
Brittni and Richard on their wedding day.

Brittni De La Mora was asked to act in 'romantic' movies – but it turned out they were far from romantic.

She went on to become a top porn star, and instead of finding love, her boyfriend was murdered and Brittni descended into drugs and depression.

Just as she was about to kill herself, a voice told her to stop. It was the beginning of a long road to finding real love – God's pure love, plus real romance with a Christian man whom she has now married. She's even become a church leader.

Brittni's troubles began with a childhood filled with abuse and neglect. She then became a stripper at just 16 years old. Two years later, she began performing in adult movies after a producer asked her to try "romantic films".

Under her porn name, Brittni was hailed by Maxim magazine as one of the world's top 12 female porn stars in 2010. She was also dubbed "the smartest porn star," as she had made over $3 million by the time she was just 21.

But inside Brittni was empty, battling anorexia, depression and addiction to alcohol and drugs, including cocaine, pills, heroin and meth.

According to the Gospel Herald, she slid further into depression after witnessing her boyfriend, a gang member, being stabbed to death by a rival gang.

In 2010, Brittni attempted to end her life in a darkened room. But just as she began, she heard a distinct voice say: "Turn the lights on and put the scissors down". She is certain it was God. "Had God not spoken to me that evening, without a shadow of a doubt, I would have taken my life."

She called her Christian grandparents that night. Her grandfather immediately drove two hours to see her, and then took her to church. She decided to commit her life to Jesus Christ, but still looking for human love, Brittni entered into an abusive relationship with a pimp and was dragged back into porn.

Three years later, while on a flight to shoot a porn scene, she read a Bible verse which describes a woman called Jezebel, who led people into sexual immorality (Revelation 2:20). It was a tipping point for Brittni: "That was my lightbulb moment. I started to cry and I apologised to God. I didn't understand that this is what I'd been doing all these years."

Brittni finally left the industry after meeting members of a Christian anti-porn organisation who handed out leaflets saying: "Jesus Loves Porn Stars".

"My first thought was: 'Are these people legitimate Christians, because how can Jesus love a porn star?'" recalls Brittni. But they were so loving and friendly and welcoming.

Eventually, Brittni understood that Jesus loves everyone, whatever they have done – but He demands that we leave our 'sins' behind, whatever they are, so that we can begin a new life with Him.

Completely turning from her former life, Brittni began to go to church, and later fell in love with and married Richard De La Mora – a church pastor who she now works alongside.

Her past will always haunt her, as her movies and images are still on the web. But she says: "People will always talk ... I just know that I am called to God. Nothing stops me from doing what I know God wants me to do now."

Today, she travels the country, sharing the story of her complete U-turn.

"My big goal now is just to let people know there is a God who loves them no matter what they've done," she says.

Used with kind permission of Good News.

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