Actress Lead Remini has revealed her unlikely support system when she defected from Scientology – Tom Cruise’s ex-wife Nicole Kidman.
Remini, best known for her role on tv sitcom King of Queens, left the religion in 2013 with her family, who had all spent the majority of their lives worshipping Xenu.
She is now preparing for the release of her tell-all book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology and has been teasing tidbits in recent days, including much about the group’s most famous member and golden child, Cruise.
The actor and Kidman split in 2001 after 11 years of marriage and Remini has alleged that she is now considered a ‘Suppressive Person (SP)’, an individual who "seeks to suppress other people in their vicinity", according to the church.
She has two children with Cruise, Connor (20) and Issabella (22).
"During this confusing early period, I sometimes felt adrift. But I had one figure I kept front and center in my mind to keep from going crazy: Nicole Kidman,” Remini wrote in her book. “That’s right, Tom Cruise’s ex was my guardian angel. Although I never met her or attempted to meet her, I thought about her a lot."
"While I stared at the dark ceiling at night, unable to sleep, I would say to myself, 'Remember Nicole Kidman,'" Remini wrote in her book. "'She was declared an SP and left the church, and she’s doing okay. Her career is still going, and she has a husband and family… Just remember Nicole Kidman. She left and she’s okay…'"
Remini alleges that Bella referred to Kidman as ‘SP’ at Tom Cruise’s 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes. In the book, she also details other information about the ‘wedding of the century’, including an alleged attempt to recruit her best friend Jennifer Lopez and ex-husband Marc Anthony.
After the nuptials, Remini was written up and says she had to spend an estimated $300,000 for extensive 'auditing' for upsetting the bride and groom. Katie Holmes issued a statement last week about the claims, saying: “I regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future.”
Remini responded: "At the time I was thinking of myself and my family and what we were going through, I had no idea that she was going through probably a lot more.
"Looking back now and seeing her and Suri out there in the world and her being able to be with her daughter and live her life, I’m touched by it, because I know now she did what she did, leaving in the way that she did, because she had to protect her daughter, which in a way connects us now.”