Scientologists lightened Tom Cruise’s first divorce, book claims

Today, Tom cruise is the most famous Scientologist in the world, but it was another actor who first introduced him to the controversial religion. From 1987 to 1990 the top gun Star was married Mimi Rogers, his first wife raised in the controversial belief system. After their split, Cruise became an increasingly vocal member of the Church of Scientology while Rogers moved away from it. Now a new book claims that senior members of the church were directly involved in the celebrity couple’s divorce.

As reported by page sixin his new memoirs, A Billion Years: My Escape from Life in the Highest Ranks of Scientologyformer church leader and co-host of the series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Mike Rinder claims that Scientology officials were tasked with persuading Rogers to agree to a divorce from Cruise, who soon moved on to a relationship with a second wife Nicole Kidman. Read on to see what Rinder had to say and how the church responded.

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Mimi Rogers and Tom Cruise at the sixth annual Pocono Sports Car Grand Prix in 1987
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Rogers and Cruise married in May 1987, but Cruise filed for divorce in late 1989, as reported by InStyle. Corresponding Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography through Andrew Morton (above today), the former spouses said in a statement at the time, “Although there were positive aspects to our marriage, there were some issues that could not be resolved even after we worked on it for a while.”

The book also reports that Cruise later related it Talk Magazine: “Before Nicole, I was unsatisfied and wanted something more. It was just two people not meant to work and it wasn’t what I wanted for my life. I think they just go different ways. It’s Mimi’s fault… it’s just the way it is.”

Corresponding personsRogers later said of his marriage to Cruise, “You stop being a unique person. You will never be mentioned again without that name. And that is difficult.”

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise at the premiere of
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in the A billion yearsRinder claims Cruise fell in love with Kidman while they were making the 1990 film days of thunder. He writes to this Scientology guide David Miscavige was “invited to Daytona to watch the shooting. He and his trusted lieutenant Greg Wilherenow Cruise’s personal examiner, hung out with Cruise at the speedway, went skydiving with him, and most importantly, helped fulfill Cruise’s desire to make Nicole his new wife … Miscavige no doubt saw this as an opportunity to demonstrate his ability to watch Toms make wishes come true.” Cruise’s auditor, when he first joined the Church, is said to have been Rogers, his soon-to-be ex-wife.

Rinder also claims that Wilhere “was hired to get Mimi to agree to a divorce so Tom could marry Nicole.” This is “highly unusual and would never have happened with a normal Scientologist,” he continues.

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Mimi Rogers and Tom Cruise at an Oscars after-party in 1989
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Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography also claims that the split between Rogers and Cruise affected Scientology. Rogers’ father, Philip C SpickerShe had been close to the Founder L Ron Hubbard and heavily involved in the church, but he broke with the faith in the early 1980s, making him persona non grata. It was also reported that Rogers himself was not a fan of Miscavige, the new leader of Scientology and Cruise’s personal girlfriend.

“The Scientology leadership felt such animosity towards Mimi’s father that Mimi was tainted by association,” says the book about her ex-Scientology member’s father. Morton continues, “’They didn’t want her on the team anymore,’ says a former Scientologist involved in the charade. ‘The impetus was to help Tom Cruise and within twenty-four hours they had agreed to part ways.'”

Kidman and Cruise were eventually married from 1990 to 2001 top gun Stern was married at the time Katie Holmes from 2006 to 2012. Kidman and Rogers also entered into new relationships: Kidman was married to her husband Keith urban since 2006, and Rogers is married Christopher Ciaffa since 2003. It has long been rumored that Scientology also stood between Cruise and Kidman and Cruise and Holmes.

Tom Cruise at the German premiere of
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In a statement to page sixthe Church of Scientology denied Rinder’s recollection of events.

“Absolutely ridiculous,” said a spokesman for the Church of Scientology. “Mike Rinder is an inveterate liar trying to capitalize on his dishonesty. He supports himself by orchestrating the harassment of his former church and its leader through false police reports, inflammatory propaganda and fraudulent media reports.”

Rinder also writes in his memoirs that Scientology Cruise provided housekeeping staff and made various vehicles for him. To which the church responded: “Tom Cruise certainly has his own staff. And to say the church worked on his vehicles is another obvious fabrication.” Scientologists lightened Tom Cruise’s first divorce, book claims

Sarah Y. Kim

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