[UPDATE: The Vanity Fair article that made the allegations about The Church of Scientology labeling Nicole Kidman as a suppressive person did not actually reference Tom Cruise as involved in that process, so this story has been updated to reflect that point.]
In heartwarming family news that could double as a Hallmark card, more sources step forward to say that scientologists forced Bella Cruise and Connor Cruise to reject Nicole Kidman as their mother. It’s not that they didn’t like Nicole Kidman, it’s just that the Scientology Book of Nonsense Rules and Science Fiction says she totally sucks. Like on a scale from 1 to The Worst Human Being Ever Born, she’s an 11.
Or in Scientology terms, she’s a Suppressive Person. According to the Vanity Fair article by Maureen Orth quoted in Us Weekly, scientologists allegedly let his children believe that Nicole Kidman needed to be avoided at all costs.
“The central problem [in the marriage] was Nicole did not want to deal with Scientology,” former high-ranking Scientologist Marty Rathbun claims to the magazine. After Kidman left the marriage and the Church, she was labeled a Suppressive Person — a spiritually toxic person to be avoided — with members of the Church quietly instilling this idea into the kids, sources claimed to Vanity Fair.
While we’ve heard this rumor before, it’s nice to see it pop up again because it reminds us how crazy Scientologists are rumored to be.
Even if it might be destructive to tell children that their mother’s a toxic human being and even if young children (6 and 8 at the time of the divorce) might want their mother, scientologists allegedly didn’t care about this.
And it probably would have worked out better for Bella and Connor Cruise if scientologists had let them have a normal divorce custody schedule. Not only would they have grown up with a mother who they can trust, but also a father who’s allowed to be a good father. We’ve seen how excited he gets to see Suri Cruise on her days with him. So excited that he rents out Cinderella’s Castle, a helicopter fleet and every celebrity child in case Suri wants a playdate on the fly.
So I think everyone at Scientology headquarters owes Bella and Connor Cruise a huge apology. Or at least a trip to Disney World.