Rumors have been circulating that fifty-two year old Tom Cruise could be leaving Scientology.
An insider claimed that a phone call between Tom and his nine year old daughter, Suri, could have sparked his hesitation regarding staying in the religion. Of course all of this is speculation. Nothing has been confirmed and Tom has not spoken out or made a statement on the issue.
Scientology began simply as a philosophy by L. Ron Hubbard but in 1953 moved from secular to spiritual when the first Church of Scientology was opened in Camden, New Jersey. Tom Cruise has been a member since the 1980’s and has been the face of the religion for some time. He has spoken out multiple times on the role of Scientology in his life despite the backlash and negative responses towards the religion.
Reports say that daughter, Suri, could be on the brink of being labelled “a suppressive person”. According to the church this is the worst thing a person could be and if labelled as such Tom could be forced to lose his relationship with her altogether. The insider claimed:
“Tom has been under tremendous pressure where Suri and Katie are concerned because the church doesn’t want him close to them. They can’t stand that their own poster boy isn’t raising his child in the church. If they label Suri a suppressive person (a Scientology term for an enemy of the church), as they’ve been known to do with dissenters, that would make it hard for Tom to have a relationship with her. He’s between a rock and a hard place.”
Allegedly his relationship with Suri and her mother, Katie Holmes, has been strained for some time. Some say that he hasn’t seen his daughter in a couple years but instead keeps in touch via face chats and phone calls. The insider was quoted saying:
“She was going on and on about her ballet class and how much she loves it. That’s when Tom realized he’s never seen her perform ballet and he started to tear up. It hit him that she’s growing up before his eyes and he’s not there to witness most of it. They talk on the phone and video chat, but it’s not the same.”
The religion has long taken heat from society over speculated physical and mental abuse that members face. In a Good Morning America segment the Grease actor John Travolta (61) spoke out in defence. He said that the religion is looked upon so poorly “mostly because it’s not understood”. He continued:
“You know, people really need to take time and read a book…That’s my advice. You could read New Slant on Life or Dianetics and I think if you really read it, you’ll understand it. But unless you do, you’ll speculate, and I think it’s a mistake to do that.”
Former members who have left the church have spoken out about the conditions that they faced. Forty-five year old Chris Shelton was a high ranking member of Sea Org which is about as high up as you can get in the religion. When hearing about Tom Cruise who might be leaving, HollywoodLife.com reached out to the ex-member for comment. He said:
“For anyone who leaves the church of Scientology, there would be massive consequences. There are always consequences for leaving the church. The church has demonstrated that they have no qualms whatsoever about releasing so called confidential audits of members who leave. These audits are supposed to be confidential, but have been used against members, who are considered ‘suppressive people’ because they left the church. You have to remember — Tom has been part of the church since the 1980’s. That’s a long time. He has surrounded himself with Scientologists. If he left the church, he would have to ‘disconnect’ from the rest of his family who are in the church. That includes his older children, too.”
Whether or not the speculations are true, the wedge that is in between Tom and Suri is likely painful and he may take steps to remove the wedge without compromising his religion, or he may put his relationship with his daughter over his relationship with the church. Who knows! The only thing we can hope for is that nobody gets hurt because of the friction between Scientology and his family.