TOM & NI­COLE'S MAR­RIAGE SE­CRETS

15 Years Af­ter the Di­vorce... A bomb­shell new in­ves­ti­ga­tion details the rise and fall of Tom Cruise and Ni­cole Kid­man’s ro­mance

In Touch (USA) - - Scandal News -

His mind was made up. Shortly af­ter cel­e­brat­ing their 10th an­niver­sary, Tom Cruise sur­prised Ni­cole Kid­man by end­ing their mar­riage in 2001. De­spite her protests, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Tom “said his de­ci­sion was fi­nal,” and ig­nored her pleas to get coun­sel­ing, which led to ram­pant spec­u­la­tion that his con­tro­ver­sial re­li­gion may have been a fac­tor in the split. “Scientology,” in­sisted their rep at the time, “had noth­ing to do with this.”

But a bomb­shell new book claims it did. In Fair Game: The In­cred­i­ble Un­told Story of Scientology in Aus­tralia, author Steve Can­nane ex­poses new se­crets about Tom and Ni­cole’s mar­riage. “The depth of Scientology’s in­volve­ment in the re­la­tion­ship is shock­ing,” the author tells In Touch. “The church was in­volved in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the re­la­tion­ship, sab­o­tag­ing the re­la­tion­ship and killing off the re­la­tion­ship.”

When Tom met Ni­cole, he was still wed to first wife Mimi Rogers. Ac­cord­ing to the book, Scientology leader David Mis­cav­ige “had a prob­lem” with then-scien­tol­o­gist Mimi be­cause her fa­ther had left the church,

so he in­structed staffers to en­cour­age Tom, now 54, to ro­mance his Days of Thun­der co-star Ni­cole. “Tom was be­sot­ted with Ni­cole,” says Can­nane, and di­vorced Mimi, now 60, in 1990.

But it back­fired. “They didn’t count on Tom fall­ing so com­pletely in love with Ni­cole, be­cause she had her own is­sues with the church,” ex­plains Scientology ex­pert Tony Ortega — namely that her fa­ther was a psy­chol­o­gist. (Scientology frowns on psy­chi­atric treat­ment.) Ni­cole also didn’t want to prac­tice the re­li­gion long-term. “That played a role in her be­ing able to take Tom away from Scientology from about 1993 to 1998,” Can­nane ex­plains. “Peo­ple in­side Scientology said that drove David Mis­cav­ige nuts,” to the point that he or­dered one of Tom’s as­sis­tants — a de­voted Scien­tol­o­gist — to “sow a seed in Tom’s head that Ni­cole was not the right per­son for him,” Can­nane al­leges.

It worked. Ac­cord­ing to the book, “Scien­tol­o­gyspon­sored wire­tap­ping of Ni­cole’s phone went on for around a month” at Tom’s be­hest, though the church has de­nied this. Marty Rath- bun, a for­mer Scientology ex­ec­u­tive, claimed that Tom wanted to know what his wife was con­fid­ing to her long­time pal Russell Crowe. “So Scientology in­ves­ti­gated Russell,” Can­nane tells In Touch, “merely be­cause he was a good friend to her in a time of need.” (Tom’s at­tor­ney Bert Fields de­nies this in the book: “Tom did not seek or want to tap Kid­man’s phone at any time and did not ask Rath­bun or any­one else to do any such thing.”)

Ul­ti­mately, Tom’s de­vo­tion to the church de­stroyed his chances at true love. “Peo­ple who know Tom have said Ni­cole was his best shot at some­thing re­ally last­ing and mean­ing­ful,” Ortega says. “It’s a shame it got ru­ined.” ◼

SPIED ON “She said, ‘I know they are tap­ping my line,’” Ni­cole’s for­mer staffer told Fair Game author Steve Can­nane.

SO IN LOVE “Tom was ab­so­lutely ob­sessed with Ni­cole,” a for­mer em­ployee told Can­nane of the pair (in 1991). “If she said jump, he would say how high.” HE WAS MA­NIP­U­LATED “Tom ei­ther knows what goes on in Scientology and turns a blind eye or he’s got no de­sire to find out,” says Can­nane (left), who wrote about how the church med­dled in Tom’s ro­mances. “To me, nei­ther one of those op­tions is a good thing.”

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