The Church of Scientology might be losing one of its Gods. Tom Cruise–hailed by leaders as one of its “chosen ones”–hasn’t been seen at its headquarters in almost three years, sparking speculation that he cut loose.
A devout member of the controversial church, that forbids parishioners from associating with non-members, the Mission Impossible star chose his beliefs over raising his daughter Suri, whom he hasn’t seen since she was six.
And now, rumors are swirling that he’s renounced the church to mend his strained relationship with the now 17-year-old Suri.
Keep reading to find out more!
Tom Cruise, 61, has been a vocal advocate for the controversial church of Scientology since he was first converted by then wife Mimi Rogers in 1986, the same year founder, sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard died.
Crediting his success to the church, Cruise once said, “It’s something that has helped me incredibly in my life; I’ve been a Scientologist for over 30 years. It’s something, you know, without it, I wouldn’t be where I am. So, it’s a beautiful religion. I’m incredibly proud.”
The controversial church, founded in the 1950s, claims that billions of extra-terrestrial beings were sent to Earth by Xenu–a galactic overlord–who gathered the aliens and destroyed them with hydrogen bombs.
The aliens’ souls attached themselves to chosen humans, known as “thetans,” who will one day be saved from their life of spiritual harm.
The Jerry Maguire star, an ambassador for the church, is one of the most high-profile members of the church, with other celebrity followers including John Travolta, Nancy Cartwright, and Elisabeth Moss.
Cruise’s loyalties to Scientology, in fact, have been far more powerful than to his marriages.
According to the book “A Billion Years: My Escape from a Life in the Highest Ranks of Scientology,” written by Mike Rinder–a former senior executive who defected from the church–the church ran interference in Cruise’s relationship with Nicole Kidman, calling her a “negative influence.” Kidman, who the Top Gun star divorced 2001, never “took to Scientology during their 10-year relationship,” but their adopted kids, Connor, 28, and Isabella, 30, are still active members who, because of their beliefs, are estranged from their mom. The rules dictate that anyone who leaves the faith is considered a “Suppressive Person” and is cut off from all members of the church, including their immediate family.
Moving on from Kidman, the Risky Business star then had a three-year dalliance with Penelope Cruz that ended in 2004 when she refused to give up her own religion.
And no one can forget Cruise’s declaration of love for Katie Holmes on Oprah Winfrey’s yellow couch. The couple married in 2005, had daughter Suri in 2006, and then Homes, now 44, blindsided the Mission Impossible star with divorce papers in 2012.
Understanding the powerful hold of the church and the consequences of leaving, Holmes carefully calculated her escape with Suri. The plan included firing Isabella–whom she was very close–from her position at her label, Holmes and Yang, only two months before the divorce papers were filed.
“Katie ambushed Tom Cruise and in so doing outwitted some of the most controlling people on Earth,” says Karen De La Carriere, who left the church in 2010. “By filing for sole custody of Suri, she’s making it very clear she’s not going to let what happened with Nicole Kidman happen to her.”
“There was never any trouble between them,” an unidentified source tells Hollywood Reporter. “Bella called Katie ‘Mom.’ She was fired out of the blue, and once Katie filed for divorce, it all made sense. This was a carefully planned ambush. Katie didn’t want Bella working for her anymore because she was Tom’s kid.”
The Dawson’s Creek star, awarded full custody of Suri, was born a Catholic and returned to her faith, raising her daughter the same.
When asked if Holmes left “in part to protect Suri from Scientology,” Cruise first exploded and called the question “offensive.” Later pressed by lawyers, Cruise admitted, “Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes.”
Suri, now 17, hasn’t seen her dad since 2013 and Cruise, who does “not have a part in [Suri’s] life,” doesn’t know his incredible talented daughter.
In 2022, Suri sang “Blue Moon,” a song that’s featured in the rom-com Alone Together, a film directed by Holmes, who also stars.
Earlier in 2023, she was applying to colleges and according to Daily Mail, she’s leaning toward fashion or music in New York City, where she’ll be close to her mom.
The story reveals that though he has no contact with Suri, the Top Gun star will cover tuition costs, “per his ultra-secret divorce agreement with his actress ex.”
But recent reports suggest that things might be changing for the dad and daughter, and that Cruise is joining the exodus of those defecting from what’s widely called a “cult.”
Over the past three years, Cruise has been in the UK filming Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One and Part Two, and The Mirror reports that Cruise refused to visit the headquarters of the Church of Scientology in the UK.
Cruise has not denied or confirmed the rumors about his suspected departure, which started in 2021, and fans are hoping it’s true.
“It’s about time!!” writes one fan, while a second, referring to Suri, says, “Bout time! Hope you can get her back in your life.”
A third netizen shares, “I’ll believe it when I see it. His adopted kids are in Scientology. I hope it’s true, but I’ll wait and see the proof.”
His decision to leave Scientology will result in breaking ties with his two older children, Connor and Isabella, both who are loyal followers since their dad facilitated conversion.
His daughter, Isabella, now holds a key position in the church.
“This IS what I had been searching for. The missing piece. Suddenly everything began to make sense,” Isabella wrote in a testimonial for the London branch. “This is a gift to yourself and so many others. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t going to be an auditor or aren’t going to join staff. If you are going to make it as a being for the long run, you NEED this. That’s the truth… so stop messing around and get going.”
Leaving Scientology won’t be easy for Cruise. Leah Remini (King of Queens), who left the church in 2003, said he’s second in command to the “savior of the free world.”
Remini said, “Scientologists are told that Tom Cruise is saving the world single-handedly, so he is considered a deity within Scientology.”
It’s important to note that the Church of Scientology also has a building in central London, so there’s a chance Cruise has been going to that branch instead of the headquarters at West Sussex, that he was often seen using his helicopter to visit.
Scientology sounds like it was taken from the pages of a science fiction book and the Galactic overlord is one cruel creature. Still, we won’t condemn anyone for believing what they choose but we really hope that Tom Cruise finds his way out and back to Suri. Growing up knowing her dad, but not being with him, must have been very difficult for the girl. She’s fortunate to have such an incredible mother in Katie Holmes!
What do you think about Tom Cruise and his loyalties to Scientology? Do you love him any less for knowing he believes humans are really inhabited by alien spirits?
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