R+B star Brandy is following in the footsteps of Tom Cruise and JOHN TRAVOLTA and taking courses in the controversial Church Of Scientology.

The singer, who recently got engaged to basketball star QUENTIN RICHARDSON, hasn't yet joined the church - but is taking courses in a bid to improve her life.

She says, "It basically consists of questions that probe really deeply into your life. You are confronting all of your experiences, and I knew, 'If I could confront every experience in my life and be cool with it, then nothing could stop me.' They ask the questions, and you provide the answers. I am not a Scientologist, but I do love what I have experienced."

But American cult critic Rick Ross has dismissed Brandy's revelations as a publicity stunt for the Church. He tells website THE SCOOP, "Things are looking up for Scientology in its competition with Kabbalah for celebrities.

"Brandy is a viable star and it's been a long time since Scientology snagged a good one."

16/08/2004 13:46