‘What were we doing?’ Gwen Shamblin’s son breaks silence about life inside her Brentwood ‘cult’

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Gwen Shamblin was a controversial Christian diet guru and the leader of what some call a cult right in the middle of Brentwood.

But Shamblin was also a mom and now, for the first time anywhere, her son is speaking out about what he witnessed at her side through almost all of that controversy.

Michael Shamblin, now 43, saw it all — and he said he also regrets it all.

“I look back on my life and go: ‘What were we doing? What was I thinking?'” Michael Shamblin said in an exclusive interview with NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

It was, in many ways, the most unlikely of interviews.

For more than 20 years, it’s a story that has fascinated me and a lot of America — the story of how Gwen Shamblin went from being a popular Christian diet guru to what some considered to be a cult leader, heading up the Remnant Fellowship.

Gwen Shamblin, who began her career with a diet program that she called the Weigh Down Workshop, was the focus of NewsChannel 5 investigations in 2001 and 2004.

Two years ago, an HBO Max documentary series — “The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin” — suggested, “how members of Remnant behave is a bit like Handmaid’s Tale.” The series also explored her controversial marriage to actor Joe Lara.

Yet, throughout all the controversies, Michael Shamblin was the one person who I firmly believed would one day have a story to tell.

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