It’s been a long time since Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman divorced but, back in 2001, the split was so sudden, shocking and mysterious that the lingering curiosity is understandable. Recently, more details have begun to emerge and, if any of it is true, it’s very sad.
Marie Claire published a story about an upcoming documentary, Going Clear, which is being described as an exposé on the Church of Scientology. The man behind the film, Alex Gibney, makes some shocking claims about the downfall of Cruise and Kidman’s marriage and, so far, no one has refuted them.
The documentary suggests that Scientology leader, David Miscavige, was unhappy with how much Cruise had drifted from the church during his marriage and that, as a result, Kidman was targeted. Her father, Antony Kidman, was a prominent psychologist until his death following a fall in September 2014 but the Church of Scientology claimed he was so suspicious that it warranted putting Nicole on the “Potential Trouble Source” list for those who are deemed “in some way connected to and being adversely affected by a suppressive person.”
On camera, a former senior executive at the church recounts the activities that Miscavige initiated to “facilitate the break-up” of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Eventually, it is claimed, that Kidman’s phone was tapped with Cruise’s consent which is, of course, a huge violation of trust between a husband and wife. To add insult to injury, the church also allegedly made attempts to turn their two children against Kidman.
It’s unclear when they were last spotted in public together but the proud mother must have, at least, some contact with them since she recently said that “they are generous, kind and hardworking and these are traits that I love to see in [her] children.”
Currently, Cruise is unattached following an equally sudden and surprising divorce from Katie Holmes. He is rarely seen with their daughter, Suri, and rumors swirled about Scientology’s involvement in the breakdown of their relationship as well but nothing has been substantiated. Kidman is married to country superstar, Keith Urban, with whom she has two daughters.
Along with the allegations about Tom Cruise’s marriage, the documentary shows former members claiming to have been physically and mentally abused. Additionally, they allege that the Scientology leaders have a “Black PR” file on John Travolta which contains all of the secrets he divulged during his auditing session (all members must make confessions to each other while being “audited”). The contents of the file are said to be collateral to keep him from leaving the organization.
In response, the church has released a statement saying that, despite the film’s disclaimer that the Church of Scientology “declined all requests for interviews,” they were never given the opportunity to address specific allegations. Further, the church claims that filmmaker, Alex Gibney, “refused to speak with any of the 25 church representatives, former spouses and children of the sources who flew to New York to meet and provide them with firsthand knowledge regarding assertions” presumably made in the film. The rebuttal concludes with an invitation to read their complete statement, correspondence and documented facts at freedommag.org/hbo.
It will be interesting to see how the public receives Going Clear which has been making waves at the Sundance Film Festival. Hopefully, viewers will remember to take everything with a grain of salt since real people’s lives are involved.