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Sometimes real life is just way, way weirder than even the soaps.

You never know what will happen when you get serious with a relative. So Michael Muhney found out on August 26. He had a “deep, powerful phone convo with a family member tonight,” he tweeted afterwards. He’d been “begging them” to, in essence, think for themselves. And the talk inspired him to not just unpack some old baggage but to share his past with his followers.

It was an “especially heavy conversation,” said the actor, formerly Adam on The Young and the Restless, “because this person was responsible for many years of my childhood being in one of the most twisted, abusive religious cults of the ’80s/’90s.

“And that’s the first time I’ve been brave enough to publicly admit I was in a cult as a child,” he added. “I’ve even considered writing a TV show about my story but haven’t been strong enough to do it.”

On a lighter note — and after that, what wouldn’t be a lighter note? — the actor recently shared that when a lifelong friend informed him that he was having a daughter, “I immediately started crying. Fatherhood is so very special.

“Hours later,” he continued, “as only a Father of the Year would, I watched the horror movie The Ring with [my 12-year-old daughter Ella] for the first time ever. Best dad ever?”

Possibly. “The truth is that she loves horror flicks,” he told a fan, “and her mother is severely traumatized by the likes of The Ring and… Paranormal Activity.”

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