Gay 'n' cray: the Tom Cruise story
You know when you’re told, “Go with your instinct”? Well, my instinct tells me Tom Cruise is gay. I don’t have proof, but if I went with the gut feeling I get every time I see that queen in a turtle neck, I would say he's hiding something. As another saying goes, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire."
I wouldn’t be surprised if Scientology, which has consistently been bombarded by criminal activity and controversies, is somehow involved with covering up his homosexuality. A new report by Maureen Orth for Vanity Fair magazine makes some startling allegations against the church and how far it will go on behalf of its elite.
Orth interviewed multiple sources connected to Scientology and claims that Iranian-born actress Nazanin Boniadi was selected in November 2004 during a wife recruitment for Cruise. Cruise and Boniadi were attached for a few months, with her even moving into his home, until things ended because she had offended members of Scientology's hierarchy and wasn't comfortable with Cruise's lavish displays of affection, according to sources. Boniadi, who allegedly signed several confidentiality agreements during her relationship with Cruise, opened up to a friend about the relationship. The “friend” reported her to the church and Boniadi was sent to a Florida Scientology centre, where her duties included cleaning toilets with a toothbrush.
Director Paul Haggis, who left Scientology in 2010, has confirmed Vanity Fair’s claims of wife auditing. In an email to Showbiz 411, he writes:
I’ve known Nazanin for about three years. I met her through a mutual friend when I was doing my own personal research into the allegations against Scientology, before I wrote my letter of resignation. Naz was embarrassed by her unwitting involvement in this incident and never wanted it to come out, so I kept silent. However I was deeply disturbed by how the highest ranking members of a church could so easily justify using one of their members; how they so callously punished her and then so effectively silenced her when it was done. It wasn’t just the threats; they actually made her feel ashamed, when all she had been was human and trusting....
After I wrote my resignation letter, a dozen or more “friends” and officials of the church repeatedly descended on me to demand that I destroy the letter and resign quietly. I told them that wasn’t an option for me. I also told them that I had more sources of information about the troubling nature of the organization then I was at liberty to divulge. This was one.
I’ve met quite a number of people who have been treated shamefully but are afraid to speak out. This story will draw attention because of our fascination with celebrity. Most of the others are just ordinary people whose stories, if told, would not appear in a magazine. They live in fear of retribution, legal, financial or personal, even some famous ones. They fear an incredibly wealthy organization that boasts that it seeks truth, empowers people, brings families together, encourages independent thought and free speech, and champions human rights. I would like to say that i don’t know how its members, many of them good and intelligent people, can remain so purposely blind when they are faced with evidence like this every day, but then I am no one to talk. I was happily blind for many years, so I know the shame that Naz feels.
In Naz’s case, she has no right to feel ashamed. She is not only a terrific actress at the beginning of a very promising career, she is a dedicated human rights activist and a truly lovely and caring person. The last thing she wanted or needed is this kind of publicity, but here it is, and I am sure she will deal with it with the same grace and dignity she exudes in her daily life. I’m appalled that any church would treat its parishioners this way, but Naz has never cast herself as a victim. She is strong and resilient and I am very proud to call her a friend.
And FYI, in case this wasn’t clear, Naz quietly and privately resigned from the church a couple of years ago after several years of trying to handle this injustice internally, to no avail.
After Boniadi’s banishment, Tom was allegedly set up with Katie Holmes by Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology’s head, David Miscavige. In another creepy twist, Shelly has been missing since 2007.
Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and this is an inferno! If Tom Cruise, with the help of Scientology, is capable of going to such great lengths to protect his image and his standing as a leading man, then that would mean he’s crazy. And not just in a jumping-on-Oprah’s-couch and throwing-cunty-shade-at-Brooke-Shields-and-Matt-Lauer kind of way. In a Wow, this repressed soul needs help from god, or Xenu, or whatever that thing that some people think created us is called, because to live such an elaborate and complex fabrication means that you hate your truth -- yourself -- more than most people will ever understand.
Reps for Tom Cruise have labelled the reports "lies," naturally.
For a related story, trans activist Kate Bornstein recently opened up to Xtra about how leaving the church of Scientology was the catalyst for one of the most painful chapters in her life.