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Tom Cruise Wants All Your Sympathy

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All right, all right, I know that last week I expressed some sympathy for Tom Cruise when we heard a story about how he first became involved with Scientology. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him when that story was spun to make Tom look like a naive simpleton with a heart of gold, but I’m over it now. Now, I’m able to laugh forever about how hard some people are trying to make Tom look like a pitiful, innocent saint in the aftermath of this divorce.

Take, for instance, this week’s People cover. It’s a picture of Tom, and in big letters, right under his face, it reads “Tom’s SHATTERED WORLD.” The cover then promises to take you “inside his days of turmoil,” and all about how “missing his little girl, the devastated star turns to his inner circle – and Scientology.” But wait for it: the little excerpt from the story they have up on their site? It’s called “Inside Tom Cruise’s Private Pain.” You know, just in case no one was clear as to whose side they’re on.

This was not how Tom Cruise expected his life to be.

The 50-year-old megastar, who was blindsided when his wife of five years, Katie Holmes, filed for divorce on June 28, “was thinking, ‘What did I not see?’ ” a source who knows the former couple tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.

Especially tough: His month-long separation from 6-year-old daughter Suri, which finally ended when the pair reunited on July 17in New York City.

What took so long?

“He’s wanted to see her as fast as possible since this started,” a source, who cites Cruise’s obligation to his sci-fi thriller Oblivion as the main obstacle. “He couldn’t shut down production, cost people their jobs. People count on him.”

In agreeing to a divorce settlement in a mere 11 days, “Tom tried his best to do what’s right for Suri,” according to his longtime friend and lawyer Bert Fields, who says the star is “sad” but not “bitter” about the situation.

Cruise has been leaning on his older children, Connor, 17, and Isabella, 19, his three sisters and his mother – all of whom share his Scientology religion. Several members of his family joined him for support as he filmed his final scenes for Oblivion.

“Tom is not ashamed of his beliefs,” says the source, who knows the former couple, “and won’t hide them from his daughter.”

What a great closer, the bit about how Tom won’t hide Scientology from Suri. I’ll be interested to see what happens when Suri starts going to Catholic school. Will she visit Tom during breaks and get audited? Will Tom be able to brainwash her without primary custory? I don’t know, I guess we’ll just have to wait until Tom lets us further into his SHATTERED WORLD.

Now We’re Supposed to Believe That Katie Didn’t Have Any Dirt on Tom

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From TMZ:

Tom Cruise did NOT settle his divorce with Katie Holmes because he feared she might spill secrets about the actor — this according to Tom’s lawyer.

Attorney Bert Fields scoffs at reports claiming Tom was fearful of what Katie might reveal, telling TMZ, “Tom had nothing to hide and did nothing in the agreement to hide anything.  People are just making this stuff up.”

As for the child custody arrangement, it appears Tom will indeed have the “significant” contact with Suri that we reported about last week.  Fields said, “Tom will definitely have a meaningful relationship with his daughter, but I can’t talk about specifics of the agreement.”

Fields said Tom’s primary concern in the settlement was Suri and added Tom was “pleased we could work out how Suri will be treated and dealt with.”

And, on the subject of Katie Holmes, Fields said, “I don’t think Tom is bitter.  He’s sad it came to this,” adding, “The media firestorm which is replete with bogus information is unpleasant for him.”

Ok, so let’s review. The divorce itself didn’t have anything to do with Scientology, and the settlement didn’t have anything to do with some secrets Katie’s been keeping. Then why did any of this happen? What other possible reasons could there be for any of this? Katie filed for divorce because … see, I can’t even think of any other reason, because Scientology is such a huge part of who Tom Cruise is now, and any possible reason for divorce could be directly linked to it.

But seriously, “Tom had nothing to hide and did nothing in the agreement to hide anything”? Really? We heard about the divorce just 14 days ago, and the whole thing is already settled. Tom gave up custody of Suri without anything resembing a fight, and he and his people have been trying so hard to make him look good in the meantime. What other reason would Tom have for agreeing to everything so quickly? Sure, you could say that he didn’t want to put Suri through a messy divorce, but I wouldn’t really buy that. I think he’d be more concerned with himself and how hard he’d be dragged through the mud if this thing lasted for months than Suri’s well-being.

Really, I’m still just waiting for Katie to sneakily release information about Tom and his gang of crazies to the media. I am so, so excited for when that information starts leaking.

Do You Want to Feel Sorry for Tom Cruise?

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No? Well, tough luck, because here it comes:

Currently seen as a major recruiter and promoter for Scientology, Tom Cruise’s indoctrination into the controversial religion was far from chance, and RadarOnline.comhas exclusive details on how the Hollywood actor was lured in at the peak of his fame.

The Mission Impossible star was initially introduced to Scientology in 1990 by first wife,Mimi Rogers, whose father Phil Spickler was one of the most powerful members during the early L. Ron Hubbard era.

Seven years younger than his actress wife, Cruise fell under the spell of the religion and claimed the study technology helped him get over his severe dyslexia and reading difficulties.

“I knew some of the people who kid-gloved him into becoming a member,” Nancy Many, who worked with celebrities at the Scientology’s Sea Organization, told Radar in an exclusive interview.

“Everything was orchestrated and orientated,” explained the former Scientology spy. “Tom has a problem reading so they don’t have him doing the course on his own and paired him up one-on-one.

In 1989 when the action star was filming the Vietnam saga Born On The Fourth of July, his pairing up with a veteran from the war was far from a coincidence.

“He was matched with a wonderful, wonderful man who was a hero in Vietnam and was part of a group in the Tet Offensive held down by the Viet Cong. It was done on purpose, the manipulation is often unseen or unnoticed by the person being manipulated,” Many told Radar.

While Cruise bonded deeply with new leader, David Miscavige, who took over the church after Hubbard’s death, Many revealed that Scientology head Miscavige was not always honest with his number one recruit.

“Marty Rathbun has revealed that Cruise’s auditing sessions were recorded and listened to by Miscavige, and laughed at by him,” she said.

Having divorced Rogers after just three years of marriage, Tom quickly moved on to Days of Thunder costar Nicole Kidman, who was not a supporter of the teachings that controlled Cruise’s life and although the relationship lasted more than a decade, he was never out of the grip of the church.

“They had this wonderful anniversary then as far as I am concerned, he gets work done one on one and is told ‘You’ve got to get back into the fold, Nicole is stopping you,’ all this was manipulation,” explained Many.

“The level of manipulation is unbelievable, it is like the Truman Show,” she added.

Now having settled his third divorce on Monday, it seems that the 50-year-old’s relationship with the controversial religion will outlast any that he has with the women in his life.

Here’s the thing: I think that’s a really sad story about poor naive Tom Cruise being grossly manipulated by Scientology, but how do I know any of this is true? Sure, maybe they did help him with his learning disabilities while manipulating him into being their favorite puppet, but maybe not. Maybe Tom didn’t go into this whole thing with his eyes wide shut (LOL), maybe he knew exactly what he was getting into. Maybe he just wanted magic powers, or maybe he just wanted to be part of this super hip gang. I have no idea, because it seems like more and more of the major celebrity news outlets are taking Tom’s side, and of course Tom wants you to feel bad for him. He just got his crazy little heart broken, right?

I really don’t know what to believe anymore. Or, well, Tom Cruise is batshit crazy. That will always be a truth to cling to.