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On his unique childhood
“My parents were never negligent,” he told November’s Vanity Fair of spending his early years in Venezuela with a sect of the Children of God. In 1977, mom Heart Phoenix and the late John Lee Phoenix, patriarch to Joaquin and his four siblings, received a message from leadership detailing a new practice that would use sex to gain followers.
“They got some letter, or however it came, some suggestion of that, and they were like, ‘F–k this, we’re outta here,'” he detailed to the mag. “I think they were idealists, and believed that they were with a group who shared their beliefs, and their values. I think they probably were looking for safety, and family. Leaving a country that had assassinated a president and any number of civil rights leaders within a few f–king years, which is so hard for me to fathom, right?”