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.


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  1. 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?

  2. 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 that Katie would not want Suri to be taught through the church (as any rational mother would not). Perhaps she knew what would happen if she and Tom split up after Suri was enrolled, she would likely face the same media-public scrutiny Nicole dealt with (if not more, if you consider our unusual cultural obsession with celebrities has only grown exponentially over the years), as well as deal with the potential hateful brainwashing of her daughter that the other children endured. Nicole is a devout Catholic, which the church probably used to instill hate toward her in her elder children while “educating” them. The media aspect of the divorce pretty much handled itself, gossip is gossip and it eventually dies down. However, the divorce between Katie and Tom has certain coinciding factors that puts the church in a prime position in the public eye to be rightly scrutinized.
    I can sympathize with Nicole, she’s dealt with a lot of pressure and maintained her composure with grace and integrity, but it must be a daily struggle when two of your children are involved in certain circumstances, there is only so much a person can do each day.
    Katie acted rationally, we will never know exactly what prompted her to exit the marriage and retain custody of her daughter, but from what we get via the media, I believe she did what any good mother would do her position, given the information she has.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 many former scientologists who have spoken of this, and their story is that Tom and Katie are not the only ones bound into this sort of contract. I believe the former members far more than I will ever believe Tom, John Travolta, or any of the other celebrity members of the cult.

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