Tom Cruise: An ex-Scientologist opens up about his marriage to Nicole Kidman


Writed by - Andy Gocker
 Leading actors Tom Cruise and his wife Nicole Kidman come waving to the German premiere of the last Kubrick film on September 4, 1999"Eyes Wide Shut" vor dem Hamburger Cinemaxx-Kino an. Rund 3000 Menschen erwarteten das Traumpaar, das allerdings nur
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman fell in love on set © A3390 Kay Nietfeld

That Tom Cruise (60) is known not only for his big Hollywood films, everyone knows. Because the actor makes no secret of the fact that he Scientology belongs to a community that is monitored in Germany by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Now ex-Scientologist Mike Rinder (67) speaks up in his book 'A Billion Years: My Escape From a Life in the Highest Ranks of Scientology' and claims that Scientology Boss David Miscavige (62) at the marriage and divorce of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman (55) was not uninvolved.

Scientology boss is said to have driven Cruise and Kidman apart

When Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise met on the set of Days of Thunder in 1989, the then 27-year-old was still married to his ex-wife and fellow Scientologist Mimi Rogers. Contrary to all reason, the actor fell in love with his colleague Nicole and it was clear: a divorce was needed! As Mike Rinder now writes in his book, Scientology boss David Miscavige wanted to prove to Tom Cruise that he could always count on him and the church. So he got Mimi Rogers to agree to a divorce. In December 1990, just months after his split with Rogers, Kidman and Cruise married.

But according to reports from Scientology dropout Mike Rinder, the marriage was a thorn in Miscavige's side. Nicole Kidman is said to have continued to pull Tom Cruise out of the 'Scientology bubble,' especially while the two were in front of the camera together for the 1997 film 'Eyes Wide Shut.' David Miscavige didn't want to let that happen and so he is said to have sent a cult member on Cruise to bring him back to the church. This ultimately drove a wedge between Kidman and Cruise, as the actress had never been a fan of church practices.

Divorce due to Scientology intervention?

And indeed Miscavige seems to have been successful, because in 2001 the two Hollywood stars divorced. Rinder writes about this in his book: “Tom then became a vocal defender of Scientology and Miscavige again.” The ex-Scientologist also claims that the joint adopted children of Tom and Nicole also turned away from their mother due to the influence of the Church of Scientology. They were drummed into thinking their mother was a suppressive person.

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