“I’m doing the right thing as of right now,” Reid told The Western Star on Tuesday morning.
She is expected to leave Costa Rica around noon Costa Rican time, which is three and half hours behind Newfoundland time.
She’ll be meeting up with family in Florida and plans to fly back to Canada in a few days.
The 21-year-old Corner Brook woman has been with Bishop’s group, known as Melanation or the Etherians, in the Central American country for the past few weeks.
She had been the subject of a missing person’s report until March 16 when the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary advised they had been in contact with her and closed the file.
The next day reports surfaced that Reid had been spotted in a YouTube video on Bishop’s Eligio NatureboyTv channel. Since then Reid’s family has publicly stated they believe she has been brainwashed and the group was a cult.
That has brought a lot of attention on Bishop and resulted in the decision for Reid to leave.
She said Bishop’s life is in danger and wouldn’t be leaving if the media wasn’t attacking him or putting out what they are to the world.
“I wouldn’t be leaving Costa Rica, but because of this I feel like I need to go back there (to Newfoundland) at least for now,” she said via a WhatsApp call.
“I really love these beings here,” she said.
“For my safety and for Natureboy, I need to take care of myself.”
Reid’s family has said she suffers from mental health issues, but she said it’s a misunderstanding and the only reason that has been put out there is because she tried to leave the country before and her family could not understand what she was doing.
When asked if she’ll be able to rebuild her estranged relationship with her family, she said she’d see what happens and hadn’t given it too much thought.
She will return to Newfoundland, but said she won’t be here for very long as she doesn’t want to be in Canada.
“I know I belong in the tropics,” she said.
“I’m not going to be returning to Melanation, the Etherians, because I see the danger that’s put them in, so I’ll be doing my own thing.”