By Sophia Rahman

A CALIFORNIAN pastor has opened up about her former career as one of the world’s most successful porn stars, and her path to finding God

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Videographer / director: Per Lind
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Brittni De La Mora and her husband Richard, both 31, preach the gospel at Cornerstone Church in San Diego, but six years ago her life was very different.

“There was a period in the porn industry where I was earning a lot of money. When I first started, I was making about $30,000 a month, because I was working everyday.

“I had a brand new Mercedes and every new Louis Vuitton purse, Christian Louboutin heels… I really played the part,” Brittni told Barcroft TV.

Performing under her stage name, Jenna Presley, Brittni featured in around 300 adult videos, but the cameras didn’t capture the turmoil in her personal life.

“I was struggling to pay my rent because I had a really bad drug addiction. I would spend thousands and thousands of dollars a week on drugs,” she said.

“I started off with cocaine but then eventually I was battling with heroine addiction.”

Brittni had her first brush with the sex industry aged just 16, when she travelled to Mexico for a night with friends.

“I felt rejected as a child and teenager, in my households there was a lot of chaos and animosity, so I started looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places.

“When my friend said they were going to go out to a club, I went with them and ended up getting drunk.

“That was my first experience at a strip club. I had blonde hair and braces and they just put me on the stage that night.”

Brittni began stripping to pay her way through university, and was recruited by two porn producers who said they made ‘romance movies’ and she was destined to be a star.

“I was naive but I wasn't that naive, I knew they were talking about porn films. I got accepted to be represented by a premier agency and I made the move to become a full-time porn star, and dropped out of college,” she said.

Two months in, Brittni caught gonorrhoea and began to strongly dislike the work she was doing.

“I ended up using drugs because there was a director who told me that I was fat and needed to lose weight. I weighed around 105 pounds. I was devastated. About a year prior I had been released from hospital for anorexia, so it was a huge trigger for me,” she said.

Brittni asked a particularly thin model how she maintained her weight and snorting cocaine and doing crystal meth came the answer. Brittni tried cocaine and felt instantly hooked.

She said: “I had more energy. I could perform the scenes and not even think about the repercussions anymore. It was giving me this false sense of happiness.

“I thought I was happy while I was doing it but the moment I would come down, I wasn't happy anymore so I would have to do another line.”

While ranked as one of the world’s hottest porn stars, Brittni’s lifestyle had spiralled to where she was fighting heroin addiction and suffering frequent suicidal thoughts, until one day she knew that if she didn’t call her grandmother to help her, she would take her own life.

Brittni’s grandmother picked her up from where she was living in Los Angeles and moved her into her home in San Diego.

With her grandmother’s encouragement, Brittni started going to church and embarked upon the long road to get clean and start a new life, quitting the porn industry in 2012.

Brittni began attending the Cornerstone Church, where Pastor Richard De La Mora was preaching, and over the course of a year, fell in love with him.

The pair were married in 2016, and together lead the young adult ministry at their church, while Brittni also attends porn conventions to speak with performers about the Bible’s teachings.

Richard said: “I’m beyond proud of my wife’s transformation. It just moves my heart because here was a woman who was once lost and now she is found.”

The couple have written two relationship books together, set to be released later this year.

“I’m a real estate agent now and I make just as much as I did in the porn industry and I don’t have to take my clothes off, so I’m much happier now,” Brittni said.

“I say that I live life with no regrets. If I had never gotten into the porn industry, I wouldn't have got to do all of the incredible things I’m doing now.”