The relationships of Tom Cruise have long fascinated conspiracy theorists. The fact that the actor is so deeply entrenched in the mysterious cult of Scientology has led many to believe that there's more to his relationships than meets the eye. And his final divorce from the young actress, Katie Holmes, only served to cement the doubts that people have had about him. The most pernicious piece of evidence against Tom Cruise? His bizarrely distant relationship with his daughter, Suri.
Now it seems the Cruise fantasy is falling apart. Actress Thandie Newton spoke out about her experiences with Cruise on set - and now she's received extra support from Leah Remini.
Tom Cruise is a well-loved Hollywood actor.His best-known role is as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in action-drama smash hit, Top Gun, released in 1986.
You may also recognize him from Mission Impossible.This movie franchise is one of the highest-grossing in Hollywood. In the films, Cruise plays Ethan Hunt. He starred in the role between 1996 and 2018.
Alongside his action roles, Cruise has shown impressive range.In fact, he's won three Golden Globes and has been nominated for three Oscars for his more "serious" ventures, including Rain Man, The Fourth of July, and Jerry Maguire.
But, aside from his movie career, there's something else that Cruise is known for.And that is, quite simply, being a weird guy. His disingenuous persona in interviews alongside the oddly secretive nature of his private life has led many to believe that all is not what it seems with Cruise.
There's been a fair amount of speculation as to what's really going on.So much so, in fact, that it's turned into something of a full-blown conspiracy theory. Feeling confused? Let's start from the beginning.
Let's start by introducing a major player in this story.The Church of Scientology is a pseudo-religion founded by science fiction writer, L Ron Hubbard (yes really). The Church is known for being highly secretive, leading many to suspect it of being a cult.
There's something else that Scientology is known for.It has a lot of associations with high-profile Hollywood celebrities. And one such celebrity is, you guessed it, Tom Cruise.
The Church has a certain modus operandi.It relies on a process called "auditing." During an audit, you're required to reveal your deepest held secrets to the Church, in order to cleanse your soul (or "thetan"). But there's another side to this. Because, after an audit, the Church essentially knows all of your deepest secrets.
Tom Cruise has been entrenched in Scientology since 1990.And many speculate that a lot of the weirdness in his life can be attributed to his religious beliefs. The majority of this centers around Cruise's weird romantic relationships. Side note: Did you know that Tom Cruise and Cher used to date? Truly, every day is a school day.
He came to the Church through his first wife, Mimi Rogers.Rogers was 6 years Cruise's senior and the pair often appeared to have little in the way of intimate connection. This led some to speculate that this was more of a marriage of convenience.
Cruise's next marriage was even more high-profile.He met fellow actress, Nicole Kidman, on the set of Days of Thunder and the pair married just ten months after his first divorced form finalized.
The two even started a family together.Kidman and Cruise adopted 2 children, Connor and Isabella, during their brief marriage.
Again, many noticed something strange about the partnership.Just look at this photo - it seems almost as though Nicole Kidman is a husk of her former self. She looks exhausted and empty. Life with Cruise sure doesn't look easy.
And, for further evidence:These images of Nicole Kidman leaving her lawyer's office after filing for divorce from Tom Cruise speak volumes.
After Cruise's second one-year marriage came to an end, some suspected outside intervention.Many believed that the reason that Cruise was undertaking repeated short and failed marriages is because he's secretly not attracted to women. Scientology couldn't have this - and so it supposedly stepped in to ensure that his next marriage would be a success.
Scientology puts a lot of stock in its celebrity associations.Which meant that, for them, finding Tom Cruise a "perfect wife" was a matter of urgency.
So religious leaders buckled down.Church leader, David Miscavige (along with wife Michele, who's now missing - but that's another story), reportedly made finding Cruise a girlfriend into something of a project.
There are claims that the whole thing was like an audition.Girls were shipped in and tested for their qualifications to be a good Scientologist partner for Cruise.
And the eventual winner?It was young and aspiring actress, Katie Holmes. Want to hear something weird? In a previous magazine interview, Holmes had claimed that she'd dreamt of marrying Tom Cruise since she was a little girl. Creepy stuff.
The pair went public with their relationship in April 2005.But right from the beginning, some noticed the same odd body language that Cruise had previously displayed with his ex-wives.
And the less he said about this, the better.(For those who don't remember, Cruise was interviewed by Oprah and jumped on his sofa in one of the most unconvincing displays of love of all time.)
Shortly after, Holmes announced that she was pregnant.Just seven months after the two revealed that they were dating, the pair proudly displayed Katie's baby bump. Of course, there are those who believe that Holmes was pregnant before Cruise came into her life - but, again, that's another story.
In April 2006, just a year after the pair met, Suri Cruise was born.
Suri Cruise, child of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Vanity Fair cover star, is 11 years old and I'm horrified https://t.co/v7Jeit9vbA— douglas greenwood (@douglas greenwood)1513012613.0