From Porn Star to Pastor; one woman journey from the Adult Film industry to the Pulpit.

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A former porn star who splashed her six-figure salary on binge drinking and flash cars has revealed how she quit the adult film industry and become a pastor.

Crystal Bassette, from Clay, New York, earned $300,000 a year as porn star Nadia Hilton, performing in over 100 X-rated films over 10 years.


But the mother-of-three put an end to her hedonistic lifestyle after she found God and started attending church, where she met her husband David, 26, a pastor.

In the three years since, Crystal, 33, has graduated from college and trained to become a pastor. She and David now preside over their own church in New York.

Crystal said: ‘It’s definitely the ultimate change. It’s going from one extreme to the next. I had to get away from this whole life.’

Crystal fell pregnant with her eldest son Justin at 16. Determined to give him the best start in life, she moved from her home in North Carolina to Hollywood, California, and started modelling and dancing to pay rent.


It wasn’t until she was introduced to an adult film agent a few years later that she signed up to her first porn film, enticed by the promise of earning $30,000 a month.

But her first shoot, at a house in Malibu, left Crystal feeling traumatised.

‘I remember after the scene, I sat in the shower for about two hours crying,’ Crystal said. ‘Then I stopped after that shoot and didn’t go back for about one month.

‘I ended up going back to it again and that’s when I was numbing myself through taking pain medicine and drinking alcohol to get through the scene.’


The actress soon fell into a daily routine of dropping her son off at school and heading to a film set. She added: ‘It was like a regular 9 to 5 job.’

Crystal said her family always stood by her side but struggled to come to terms with her career.

‘My mom was very supportive of it,’ she said. She kind of let me make my own decisions.

‘They were both pretty disappointed in me though. I mean my father, he was very disappointed in me, got mad at first but they eventually got over it.’

In the throws of an alcohol problem, Crystal frittered away her money on sports cars, a mansion and her own nightclub.

She said: ‘I just lived for myself and my son and didn’t really think about the consequences of making films and dancing and everything.

‘I started to become an object. I wouldn’t walk outside my house without showing cleavage, having a belly shirt on and high heels. It was like had to constantly look like the sex symbol.’

Several life-changing events – including a terrifying car accident in May 2014 – made Crystal realise she wanted to start on a new path.

She ended a volatile relationship and sought refuge in religion.

She said: ‘The day I was saved, I felt like the preacher was just speaking to me directly.

‘It was like he was preaching to only me and you know that day I felt God was talking to me through his preaching and everything he said felt right.

Crystal Bassette and her Husband David and son.

‘I got down on my knees and was just praying to God to just release me from everything and my mom was there and my sister came over and were just all crying. And that was the day I got saved.’

She wanted to quit the porn industry but first had to complete one final film.

I had a contract that had to be fulfilled. I had to fulfil two scenes which was horrible.’

Looking back, Crystal now believes she joined the industry because she was sexually abused as a child.

‘I’m alright now but it took me a long time,’ she said. ‘I went through a few years of therapy and stuff and so I realised why I was choosing the life that I did.’

The mother-of-three fell in love with her husband David after meeting him at her sister’s church, where he was the pastor.

The couple married in December 2014 and soon welcomed a son, Carter.


She said: ‘David is the kind of guy that thinks your past is your past. You can’t keep looking back at it. It’s done with.’

With the support of her family, Crystal trained to become a paralegal and a pastor.

She and David founded their own church, New Beginnings Christian Life in Fulton, New York, and hope to use their story to inspire others.


David said: ‘What I would like people to take away from us is that God can forgive you no matter what past you come from. I hope it encourages everybody else to do the same, to realise that money and fame isn’t what it’s about.’

Crystal added: ‘I look back at my past now and you know I can’t say that I really regret anything because it has made me who I am today.


‘It’s like if I grew up as a teacher, I probably wouldn’t be helping people now. I probably would be completely different.

‘My past made me who I am today and God has changed my life completely.’

Source : DailyMail 

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