Jim Carrey apparently isn’t a fan of the Church of Scientology, even though his former girlfriend, who recently was found dead of an apparent suicide, practiced. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Jim Carrey apparently isn’t a fan of the Church of Scientology, even though his former girlfriend, who recently was found dead of an apparent suicide, practiced. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Jim Carrey’s ex was into Scientology

Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend was involved in the Church of Scientology before her suicide, a new report claims.

Cathriona White had been taking Scientology courses for several years and was enrolled in a class at the time of her death, according to journalist Tony Ortega, who has a blog devoted to the so-called religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard.

The Irish-born makeup artist was pronounced dead at her Los Angeles home Monday. Pills and a suicide note that referenced Carrey were found near her body, the New York Daily News reported.

Carrey, 53, apparently knew that White, 30, was a Scientologist when they started dating in 2012, Ortega reports. The pair had dated on and off since then.

White reportedly completed a course called a “Purification Rundown” before taking a class called “Survival Rundown” at the organization’s Hollywood Celebrity Center.

The “purification” course involved daily sauna sessions to detoxify the body, and White posted an Instagram photo from a session last year.

But Ortega reported that White, more recently, “stalled on” the more intense “Survival Rundown” course.

Carrey’s views on Scientology are known to the public. In a YouTube video of a TV talk show appearance, he jokes: “I actually got into Scientology for awhile … and that’s how I got this nice glazed look in my eyes.”

QUEEN CARRIES CASH

Who knew? Queen Elizabeth II carries cash.

But only on Sundays, because she “donates to the church collection basket,” according to Us magazine.

A source close to the 89-year-old monarch adds, “Her butler irons a 5-pound note into a little square by folding it until you can only see her face.”

In related news, the queen reportedly bestowed her granddaughter-in-law, Kate Middleton, with the Royal Family Order, the highest honor that can be given to a female member of the royal family.

The small diamond-framed badge, painted with a portrait of the queen, hangs from a yellow ribbon and is worn at state functions. Previous recipients include Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ current wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

QUICK TAKES

First Lady Michelle Obama, speaking to young women at an event in Harlem with Charlize Theron, said, “There is no boy at this age that is cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting your education” … Football great Joe Montana, promoting Hugo Boss fragrances, is slated to appear at 3 p.m. Saturday at Nordstrom Valley Fair in San Jose.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

S.F. 49er Rory Anderson is 23. … Oakland A Ryan Dull is 26. … Talk show host Kelly Ripa is 45. … Singer Gillian Welch is 48. … Actress Lorraine Bracco is 61. … Musician Sting is 64. … Photographer Annie Leibovitz is 66. … Fashion designer Donna Karan is 67. … Singer Don McLean is 70. …. Critic Rex Reed is 77.

_ Staff, wire report

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