Did Scientology Turn Bella & Connor Against Nicole Kidman?

Co-parenting after a divorce is tough for most people. But after Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman split in 2001, it seemed their two kids – then 8-year-old daughter Isabella and Connor, then 6 – had no contact at all with their Oscar-winning mother.

Maureen Orth’s investigative cover story in the new issue of Vanity Fair alleges that members of Tom’s Church of Scientology turned the young kids against their mom.

“The central problem [in the marriage] was Nicole did not want to deal with Scientology,” former high-ranking Scientologist Marty Rathbun states. After Nicole left the marriage, she was labeled a “Suppressive Person” — a spiritually toxic person to be avoided — with members of the Church brainwashing this idea into the kids, sources claim.

“They rejected Nicole — they’ve been instructed,” claims John Brousseau, who was a Scientologist for 32 years and the former bodyguard and brother-in-law to church leader David Miscavige.

Bella and Connor were home schooled, and accompanied their famous father on auditing sessions. The kids were taught how to recognize an “S.P.,” Rathbun and Brousseau both tell the mag.

“They took a course, P.T.S./S.P., Potential Trouble Source/Suppressive Person, for persons connected in their lives who are an S.P.,” Brousseau says. “[Bella and Connor] whispered to me, ‘J.B., Nicole is an S.P.! Our mom’s an S.P. — we hate going and seeing her.'”

Sources also claim that the world of Scientology “hated” Nicole.

“The Scientology world hated Nicole,” Brousseau claims. “People in Sea Org were mandated to see every freaking Tom Cruise movie that came out. But if you ever mentioned an inkling to see a movie with Nicole, oh my God, you’d hear about it.”

The Church of Scientology denies all claims by Vanity Fair. “The entire story is hogwash,” the Church states.

Tom and third wife Katie Holmes finalized their divorce last month. Many have speculated that Scientology is to blame for the shocking and abrupt split between the high-profile couple.

Filed under: Katie Holmes,Nicole Kidman,Tom Cruise

Photo credit: Pacific Coast News/Vanity Fair


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This pic is priceless. I didnt know they had paps back then! But uhh there could be a thousand reasons why the kids dont communicate with Nicole, or maybe they do. I’m so sick of the world trying to figure this out. WHO CARES?


You care enough to click on the story, read it, and then comment on it. Sick of these stories? Don’t click on them.

If critically examined with a reasonable perspective, the information regarding these Scientology-marriage-children storied projected by the media, there are some factors that could potentially render claim that Scientology has had a strong influence on both marriages and the differing upbringings of the children plausible. Consider that Katie sought the divorce prior to the new school year beginning, if Suri is 6 years old, this would be her first year in elementary. This is the age that the elder children were dealing with the separation of their parents as well as introduction into the church’s education program. It is quite understandable… Read more »

With any organized religion you expect a degree of transparency in terms of practices, ideology, etc. Of course this doesn’t always hold true – there is an amazing amount of corruption in some churches – but Scientology is a whole other matter. There is absolutely no transparency, and any ex-members are silenced and/or slandered. For this reason I am inclined to believe many of these seemingly ridiculous stories about Scientology – I wholeheartedly feel for people like Nicole and Katie who try to get away.

There isn’t a rational, educated human being on the planet who doesn’t know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Scientology is a dangerous, controlling cult. There also isn’t a rational, educated human being on the planet who doesn’t know that Tom Cruise, though a nice enough fellow separate from his cult affiliations, is to blame for the failure of all of his marriages. I believe almost everything that former members have said about it and Tom. I believe that the TomKat marriage was a contractual agreement, and I further believe that Suri is NOT Tom’s biological child. There are… Read more »

And I believe in Santa Claus.

Believing doesn’t make either of us right.