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The 49-year-old Grammy-winning musician said in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald that: "I think there's a misconception that I am a Scientologist," he said in the article, published Friday. "I'm not a Scientologist. I don't have any connection or affiliation with it."
"My father (Canadian composer and arranger David Campbell), is a Scientologist has been a Scientologist for a long time, but I've pretty much just focused on my music and my work for most of my life, and tended to do my own thing," he added. "I think it's just something people ran with."
In an interview with Spin magazine published in 2008, Beck spoke about the role of Scientology in his life, saying he doesn't "pay attention to any of it, really."
"I’m not that aware of what the perception is," he continued. "My father was doing Scientology in the ’60s, so it’s something that has been around for most of my life. But the only time I hear anything negative about it is in interviews. In the real world, people I know, they don’t give a (expletive). I was raised celebrating Jewish holidays, and I consider myself Jewish. But I’ve read books on Scientology and drawn insights from that."
He added: "You know, it’s books; it’s not a belief system. It’s only true if it’s true for you. That’s the way anything is."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Beck says there's a 'misconception': Musician is not a Scientologist