Monday 20 November 2017

Damian Thompson: Why divorce from Katie is making Tom Cruise look like a loose cannon to Scientologists

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise at a party in Hollywood last February. The couple are divorcing after five years of marriage
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise at a party in Hollywood last February. The couple are divorcing after five years of marriage
In an age of Gawker, YouTube and hundreds of anti-cult blogs, all of Hubbard's revelations – plus allegations of serious financial mismanagement by rogue Scientologists – are available to any would-be recruit with access to the internet
US actor Cruise and US actress Holmes arrive at the UK premier of his latest movie War of the Worlds in London...U.S. actor Tom Cruise and U.S. actress Katie Holmes arrive at the UK premier of his latest movie "War of the Worlds" by U.S. director Stephen Spielberg in Leicester Square, London, June 19, 2005. Cruise announced his engagement to actress-girlfriend Holmes at the Paris premier on Friday ending weeks of speculation that the Hollywood couple would wed. REUTERS/Mike Finn-Kelcey...E
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Katie Holmes filed for divorce from her superstar husband Tom Cruise, ending a six-year marriage that produced one daughter and captivated celebrity watchers worldwide
Actress Katie Holmes attends National Dance Day Celebration At Six Flags Magic Mountain on July 30, 2011 in Valencia, California. Photo: Getty Images
Tom Cruise, right, waves to well-wishers as he arrives with his fiancee Katie Holmes in the old port of Marseille, southern France. Holmes' attorney Jonathan Wolfe said Friday June 29, 2012 that the couple is divorcing, but called it a private matter for the family. Photo: AP
Actors Katie Holmes (L) and Tom Cruise arrive at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Annual National Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 5, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Getty Images

Damian Thompson

HIS superstar status gave Scientology invaluable influence in Hollywood, but with a nasty-looking divorce looming, is Tom Cruise now a liability to the controversial Church?

Tom Cruise is 50 years old today. Actors and actresses who trade on their looks rarely enjoy passing this particular milestone, and Cruise has plenty of other reasons to feel miserable.



He’s stuck in rainy Iceland, filming a thriller, while his third wife, Katie Holmes, files for divorce and sole custody of their six-year-old daughter, Suri. At the weekend, his spokesman asked the media to respect the couple’s privacy. The tabloids thought about this for a split second before splashing with “TOM AND KATIE TO DIVORCE – more details pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 20, 21.”

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