“God Removed the Veil From My Eyes”: Famous Porn Star-Turned-Pastor Now Lives for Jesus

Today, Crystal DiGregorio-Bassette is a dedicated mother and pastor. But like many, her life hasn’t always been a reflection of the biblical principles that are her foundation today.

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It all started when she first learned she was pregnant at 16. In order to pay bills and support her son, the single mom moved to Hollywood and started stripping in clubs.

An adult film agent connected with her and said she could be making $30,000 a month. I mean, that’s what some people make in an entire year, working 9-5 at a desk. Crystal was hooked. She thought, “Oh wow. I could do this for one month and be done with it.”

The porn industry is a money machine, bringing in more than $97 billion annually, and funneling more traffic than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined on a monthly basis.

What started as a one-month plan turned into a decade in the adult film industry, where she starred in over 100 films. Though she racked up some serious money doing it, Crystal always felt like something was wrong.

“I remember after the first 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.”

When she returned, Crystal relied heavily on pain medication and alcohol to get through her scenes. She bought a big house that she’d never dreamed of being able to own, and pursued her career as an adult actress.

“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 I had to constantly look like the sex symbol.”

She owned a house in Malibu, a nightclub, and seven (expensive) cars. She remembers blowing insane amounts of money at the mall on a weekly basis, and looks back now, embarrassed of what she had become.

While she was living the high life in her Malibu home, partying at her nightclub, and deciding between which of her seven expensive cars to take for a spin that day, Crystal’s parents were unaware of what she did for a living.

“My dad was a truck driver. He had a break room and there was a magazine there. And it was opened up to his daughter, naked. And that was his introduction of me to the adult industry. So, that was a bad day.”


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After a car accident in 2014 that resulted in a DWI, Crystal knew that something needed to change. She attended her sister’s church where she quickly felt convicted by the Holy Spirit and made the decision to place her faith and life in Jesus Christ.

“The day I was saved, I felt like the preacher was just speaking to me directly,” she recalls.”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.”

It’s a day and moment that Crystal will never forget:

“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.”

“God removed the veil from my eyes, I started looking at the world differently,” she said of the miracle moment. “I noticed how much people were being hurt by the porn industry and I never really thought of it before that.”

Crystal knows that it’s the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ that has transformed every aspect of her life and heart.

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“After you get saved, you know what you were doing is wrong, and something you don’t want to do,” she said. “I haven’t gone back since, and I never will.”

It was in that same church where Crystal was saved by the power of Jesus that she met her husband, and she soon began co-pastoring a church plant with him in Fulton, New York.

The 34-year-old says she’s the first porn star-turned-pastor.

Today, she’s completely turned her life around as a dedicated member of her worship team, a Christian counselor, and a paralegal in upstate New York.

Though as a Christian, Crystal has encountered trials and has made her fair share of mistakes, she refuses to let that stop her from spreading her story to change the hearts and lives of others.

“I’m not perfect. I make mistakes,” she said in a recent interview with Fox News. “I’m going through a divorce and at times I don’t understand why, but I know everything happens for a reason… Your rearview mirror in your car is small for a reason and your windshield is much larger because the future is bigger than your past.”


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Crystal’s friends Amy and William are just a couple of people whose lives have been transformed through her powerful testimony.

Amy was once a girl who the former porn star helped get into the adult film industry, but after Crystal helped her get out of porn, she became a devout Christian who is never looking back to her life of sin. William was also a man who Crystal befriended before they became believers. He was sent to prison for selling bath salts and will be released this year. After Crystal started sharing the gospel with him, William became “all about the Lord” and now helps out in the prison chapel.

The pastor shared with Fox News that one of the things she loves about her position in the Christian community is that people feel like they can come to her free of judgment because she can empathize with their dark past.

“Anybody feels that they can come to me, and that’s what I like about it,” said Crystal. “They can talk to me openly and not have to worry about me judging them. We all do wrong. Nobody’s perfect. It didn’t matter if you’ve been saved your whole life or you walk into my church with full-on tattoos. I accept them for who they are, not attack them.”

Crystal believes that difficulties and jaded pasts all serve a purpose in our walk with the Lord and will ultimately refine us [like] gold. She is also confident that our past does not define us, as our identity is secured by the sacrificial blood of Jesus.

“God will put you through things to make you stronger,” she encouraged. “You just can’t ever give up. You need to leave your past behind.”


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