Bella Cruise (Isabella), the daughter of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, was married on September 18 in London without her parents at the ceremony. The wedding report comes just days after Nicole made a comment about keeping in touch with her two oldest children. So much for staying in touch, Page Six says Nicole didn’t even know her daughter got married even though she was in London preparing for a play.
Cruise, 22, in a thigh-high white lace mini-dress, married British IT consultant Max Parker. The couple, who have dated for less than a year, married at London’s Dorchester Hotel. Original reports seemed to downplay the wedding. An insider told Us Weekly that the ceremony was “very, very informal.” However, with Bella’s bridesmaids in all matching pink jumpsuits, the groom having five groomsmen, and the location being the swanky London hotel seems hardly informal. TMZ is now reporting that no parents were allowed. Bella has also already changed her last name to Parker.
Supposedly, Max Parker is not a member of the Church of Scientology, which can’t go over well within the Cruise family. This isn’t the first time that Scientology has possibly caused turmoil in the family. Once Tom and Nicole split in 2001, Bella and brother Connor, both adopted by the couple as newborns, were rarely seen with their mom.
In 2014, the Daily Beast ran a shocking article about how Connor and Bella Cruise both sided with dad after the divorce. Bella and Connor didn’t even call Nicole “mom,” which she said she hated. She also talked about their living arrangements.
“They live with Tom, which was their choice. I’d love them to live with us, but what can you do?”
Tom’s history with Scientology goes back to 1986 when he was married to actress Mimi Rogers. Since then, his mother and sister (who is also his personal assistant) have also joined the ranks and Cruise has reached top status. Cruise has been the personal mission of Scientology leader David Miscavige, according to several books and articles. When Connor and Bella Cruise were just 6 and 8-years-old, Tom “suddenly” decided to leave the marriage. Kidman still says she had no idea why he decided to leave her. Conveniently, Cruise had claimed the marriage lasted nine years and 11 months, one month short of Cruise having to share his fortune with Nicole, according to California law.
The media closely watched and reported on Kidman never seeming to have her children with her. Eventually, she started speaking out, perhaps out of sheer frustration from missing Bella and Connor, but she rarely mentioned Scientology. She did say that she didn’t want her kids to be raised as Scientology, but clearly it was too late.
The media backed off a bit when Nicole married a fellow Australian, country music superstar Keith Urban. The couple went on to have two children, Sunday Rose in 2008 and Faith Margaret (via surrogate) in 2010. Connor and Bella Cruise were still absent from her life, at least publicly.
Earlier this year, former Scientology executive Mark Rathbun claimed in the blockbuster documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief that he was instructed to “facilitate” the divorce with Nicole Kidman. He further said she had been wiretapped before, and during the divorce, on Cruise’s suggestion. While no one can say for sure that Bella and Connor stayed away from their mother because of Scientology, it is said that people who leave the church are considered “SPs,” or a “Suppressive Person.” Members are heavily discouraged from carrying on relationships with that person. The church denies all of these claims.
It couldn’t have felt very good when Nicole found out her kids were calling Tom’s third wife, Katie Holmes, “mom” after just two years into her relationship with him. In 2013, Kidman said that she respected her kids’ religion. Fast forward to 2014, when she referred to her daughter Sunday as her oldest daughter on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Connor and Bella Cruise haven’t been seen with their mom in several years. In 2012, Bella, who recently graduated from the exclusive Delamar Academy of Makeup and Hair, gave an interview to Australia’s New Idea magazine. The Huffington Post reported that Bella told the magazine that her relationship with her mother was just fine.
“I love mom. She’s my mom. She’s great. I see her sometimes and I speak to her. We’re a very close family. I love all of our family.”
That comment seems to mesh with Nicole’s recent comment about her oldest two children. The interview with DuJour was published in late September, which would have just been days after Bella’s London wedding to Max.
“I have four children, so to stay in touch with them is very important,” Kidman explained.
Page Six is also reporting that Tom, 53, paid for and supports the wedding of makeup/hair artist Bella Cruise and Max Parker. They claim Tom did attend, but there are numerous reports he and Connor didn’t go. It’s hard to believe this devout Scientology family would be OK with Bella marrying a non-member. It looks like whoever is providing the story originally tried to go with the “informal ceremony” angle before trying out the “no parents allowed” story with the media.
There’s another strange note to this story. The magazine that got the scoop and photos, Australia’s Woman’s Day, titled their article, “Nicole Kidman’s Joy: My Beautiful Bella Married” and opened the story with “Nicole Kidman is thrilled her eldest daughter has found love.” While there is no indication that it’s a quote, they’ve had a relationship with Kidman in the past. There are pics and info in their new issue. Did very private Bella Cruise give the scoop to Woman’s Day rather than a more gossipy magazine? Maybe it’s a sign that mom and Bella are closer than we know.
Do you think this wedding was simply “informal” or is there more to this story?
[Feature photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images, Dorchester Hotel photo by Mark Robert Milan/Getty Images, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman photo by Matt Turner/Liaison via Getty Images, Scientology photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Women in Film]