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This Former Top Porn Star Gave Up the High Life to Become a Pastor

If you meet Crystal Bassette today, you wouldn’t think this dedicated mother, loving wife, and devoted pastor was once a top porn star. Just three years ago, Crystal was one of the most in-demand adult film stars of her generation, starring in over 100 adult films using her screen name Nadia Hilton and earning more than $300,000 a year. But after 10 years in the industry, Crystal decided to quit and live a modest life as a small town pastor.

Crystal became pregnant at 16 and, coming from a poor family, struggled to make ends meet. The single mom decided to move to Hollywood to pursue her dreams of becoming a model and a movie star, but she had to take jobs as a stripper to afford the high cost of living in the area.

One day, an agent offered Crystal to try adult films.

Crystal told Barcroft TV:

“When I spoke to the agent, he said, ‘Oh, you can make $30,000 in a month. So I was thinking, ‘Oh, wow. I can do this for a month and be done with it.”

But Crystal’s entry to the porn industry wasn’t easy.

“My first shoot, I remember after the scene, I sat in the shower for about two hours crying. About a month went by, and I ended up going back to it again.”

To get through her scenes, Crystal resorted to drinking alcohol and taking pain medication.

Crystal’s lifestyle and attitudes changed. She wouldn’t leave the house without being made up and wearing sexy clothes.

“I constantly had to keep up this image of being this fake, plastic Barbie doll.”

Crystal was able to live a lavish lifestyle through her work as a porn star. She once had a house in Malibu, a nightclub, and seven cars. And she would spend huge amounts of money during her shopping sprees.

Crystal also had to deal with her parents’ disappointment.

Although she eventually had the support of her family, Crystal admitted her parents were not happy at first.

“Both my mom and my dad were disappointed with me at one point. But my dad was very disappointed. He’s a truck driver, and he had a breakroom, and there was a magazine in there, and it was opened up to his daughter in a magazine naked. That was his introduction of me to the adult industry.”

In May 2013, Crystal was involved in a car crash, which changed her life completely.

After the incident, Crystal started attending her sister’s church. There, she met a pastor, who helped her turn her back on the destructive lifestyle she was living.

“After you get saved, you know there’s something wrong and something you don’t want to do. I haven’t gone back since. I never will.”

It was in the same church that Crystal met her future husband and co-pastor, David.

According to Crystal, it was love at first sight.

“We were attracted to each other right away. I loved the fact that he was a true man of God. It was such a huge attraction to me.”

And according to David:

“She’s a very strong woman, and that definitely attracted me to her. What I would like for people to take away from us is, number one, that God can forgive you no matter the past you come from. In this day and age, I hope that encourages everyone to do the same.”

Crystal thinks it might have been her experience of sexual abuse during her childhood that led her to the path of destruction.

“I was sexually abused when I was a child by two different people. I was about 5 years old the first time. I would say the sexual abuse lasted for a couple of months. And the other time it happened, I was probably 7.”

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Crystal went through therapy, and it helped her reflect on why she chose the path she did. Now, she is at peace in living a simple family life and serving as a pastor.

“I’m not worried about my outlook or appearance. I’m not worried about money. Now, I’m worried about helping people… I look back at my past now, and I can’t say that I regret anything because it has made me who I am today.”

Crystal’s story is inspiring many people in and out of her church.

Watch Crystal talk about her journey below.

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