Leah Remini is shocking people inside and outside of Scientology with her new memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, which debuted in bookstores on Tuesday. Among those mentioned is the high profile yet silent Hollywood figurehead for Scientology, Tom Cruise, and understandably, one cannot explore Cruise’s connection to Scientology without addressing Tom’s former wives, Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman.
As A Scientologist, Leah Remini Reveals An Inside Look At The Cruise Children
Having been a long-time member of Scientology, Ms. Remini reveals in her book that she had the rare opportunity to see just how celebrities and their children conducted themselves within the organization’s ranks. Specifically, Leah mentions Tom Cruise’s children and their treatment of their mother, Nicole Kidman.
Remini reveals that the children were almost always supervised by officials from Sea Org, a division of Scientology made up of the church’s most dedicated officers. All of the Cruise children, like every member’s offspring, were rigidly monitored. Computers were often confiscated and examined to ensure that the children weren’t being exposed to material deemed unsuitable by Scientology standards.
Remini reports that she grew curious about why the children seemed so distanced from Nicole, while they remained very close to father Cruise, according to US Weekly. Leah says that someone from Sea Org was always around, guarding the children, so opportunities to ask about their relationship with Ms. Kidman were never present. That all changed when Remini was asked to escort the children to the airport one evening.
“‘Hey, guys. How’s your mom,” asked Leah. “Do you see her a lot?'”
“Not if I have a choice. Our mom is a f—–g SP,” Bella Cruise responded, according to Remini’s memoir.
(Leah notes in her book that the term SP means Suppressive Person, which indicates one not supportive of Scientology.)
“Connor just looked out the window,” adds Ms. Remini about the encounter. “There was something human about his silence and the sadness I felt in it.”
Nicole Kidman Has Been A Life-Long Inspiration To Leah Remini
Leah Remini was raised within Scientology, having been born to a mother already dedicated to the religion, and it took Leah 30 years to gather up the courage to make the decision to leave. It also took something more: inspiration. It was 2013 when Remini made the decision to escape Scientology’s clutches, but Leah says she drew courage from a much earlier event, Nicole Kidman’s 2001 divorce from Tom Cruise.
“Knowing that she went on to have a successful and happy life, both personally and professionally, helped to give me confidence,” Remini said, according to The Hamilton Spectator. “She left and she was okay. Knowing that helped to give me confidence and comfort.”
Leah looks to Ms. Kidman as her “guardian angel” and expresses her own deep sorrow over the way Scientology has torn apart the bond between mother and child in Nicole’s life.
Ms. Kidman has declined to publicly comment on Scientology through the past 15 years out of respect for the children she shares with ex-husband Tom Cruise, even though Nicole’s relationship with Bella Cruise is strained at best.
“I’ve chosen not to speak publicly about Scientology,” Kidman has said. “I have two children who are Scientologists– Connor and Isabella –and I utterly respect their beliefs.”
Nicole added that she relies heavily on technology, while not letting it control her life, because it’s an important tool for keeping in touch with all of her children. Kidman has four children: two with Cruise and two with her current husband, Keith Urban.
It seems Leah Remini is the only celebrity willing to speak out about the inner workings of Scientology, but as Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology attracts attention, it may not be long before others add their voices to Leah Remini’s cry.
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