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
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.”