Are you ready for another round of Tom Cruise, Ladies’ Man? Like it or not, that’s what the world is going to receive after Tom cruised throughout Hvar Hvar, Croatia over the weekend. In these photos, Tom was enjoying a late dinner with a few friends, who are probably members of the Church of Scientology of Croatia, which has been open for business since 2003. Of course, he took a few moments to pose with some relatively hot (and busty!) young girls. See what you’re missing, Katie? Nevermind.
As a brief detour, I feel the need to mention the good news that Suri finally got that puppy she wanted! The Mail has photos of Katie, Suri, and their new dog, and it will certainly be a fixture in Suri’s life for years to come. The child could certainly use some stability, and taking care of a dog may just provide that. Speaking of which, Suri is due to start school in about a week at Avenues, and according to Page Six, some of the school’s parents want to pull their kids out of the school because they have daughters who look a bit like Suri, and the paps will probably be in their faces. Unfortunate but probably true.
Now onto the meat of this story, which is a doozy and confirms a those rumors that have been the topic of much amusement; that is, the notorious wife auditions held for Tom on behalf of the CO$. So far, it was really only known that Tom had tried to pin down some young and attractive females who were already known to the public, but that was apparently Phase Two of the process. Phase One included the courtship of Nazanin Boniad, who some of you may know from a few episodes of “How I Met Your Mother.” Before Tom met Katie, Nanzanin was apparently The Chosen One who came closest to what she calls “an arranged marriage” with Tom. Obviously, it didn’t work out that way, and Nanzanin was punished severely for disappointing Tom. Here is her story:
Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth reports that in 2004 Scientology embarked on a top-secret project headed by Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology chief David Miscavige, which involved finding a girlfriend for Tom Cruise. According to several sources, the organization devised an elaborate auditioning process in which actresses who were already Scientology members were called in, told they were auditioning for a new training film, and then asked a series of curious questions including: “What do you think of Tom Cruise?” Marc Headley, a Scientologist from age seven, who says he watched a number of the audition videotapes when he was head of Scientology’s in-house studio, tells Orth, “It’s not like you only have to please your husband–you have to toe the line for Scientology.” Both Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz ran afoul of Scientology and David Miscavige, according to another former Scientologist. “You can’t do anything to displease Scientology, because Tom Cruise will freak out,” Headley says. (David Miscavige and Tom Cruise declined to be interviewed.)
According to Orth, Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian-born, London-raised actress and Scientologist, was selected and dated Cruise from November 2004 until January 2005. Initially she was told only that she had been selected for a very important mission. In a month-long preparation in October 2004, she was audited every day, a process in which she told a high-ranking Scientology official her innermost secrets and every detail of her sex life. Boniadi allegedly was told to lose her braces, her red highlights, and her boyfriend. According to a knowledgeable source, she was shown confidential auditing files of her boyfriend to expedite a breakup. The source says Boniadi signed a confidentiality agreement and was told that if she “messed up” in any way she would be declared a Suppressive Person (a pariah and enemy of Scientology).
Orth reports that in November 2004 Boniadi was flown to New York, where she met Cruise. That’s when she first sensed that this was possibly going to be an arranged marriage. For their first date Cruise and Boniadi went to dinner at Nobu with an entourage of Scientology aides, then to the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, which was closed to the public especially for them. The two spent that first night together but, according to several sources, they did not have sex. At the Trump Tower, where Cruise and the entourage had rented an entire floor, Cruise purportedly told Boniadi, “I’ve never felt this way before.” She was given a second confidentiality agreement specifically about Cruise to sign. Boniadi could tell her worried parents only that she was in New York on a special Scientology project.
Though the first month of the relationship was bliss, by the second month Boniadi was more and more often found wanting, Orth reports. According to the knowledgeable source, anything she said or did that Cruise found fault with he immediately reported to a member of the Scientology staff, and she would be audited for it. This began with her very first words to him, “Very well done,” regarding his receiving Scientology’s Freedom Medal of Valor. The phrase implied that Cruise was her junior. According to the knowledgeable source, Boniadi also offended Scientology chief David Miscavige, who speaks rapidly, because she kept saying, “Excuse me?” when she was entertaining him and his wife during a visit to Telluride. In Scientology, the ability to have your communication “and” is crucial. Boniadi was excoriated by Cruise for disrespecting Miscavige.
Boniadi was in love with Cruise, but the intensity of his affection, especially his predilection for public displays, overwhelmed her. “I get more love from an extra than I get from you,” the actor reportedly complained. Every day Boniadi spent two to three hours purging herself of “negative thoughts about Tom.” She felt completely shut off; her only source of money was a credit card issued in the name of Cruise’s production company.
Following the alleged episode with Miscavige, Cruise barely acknowledged Boniadi, though she had moved into his house and they shared a bedroom. By the third week in January, she was asked to move into Scientology’s Celebrity Centre. Boniadi was told that Cruise “wants someone with her own power–like Nicole.” When she asked why Cruise would not break up with her himself, she was told he was not to be disturbed. A Scientology official allegedly told her, by way of explanation, “Naz, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”
When a friend at a Scientology center in Florida, where Boniadi was subsequently sent, asked why she was crying all the time, Boniadi broke down and told her about her relationship with Cruise, which she had been forbidden to do. According to the knowledgeable source, the friend reported her. Boniadi’s punishment was to scrub toilets with a toothbrush, clean bathroom tiles with acid, and dig ditches in the middle of the night. After that she was sent out to sell Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics on street corners. (A Scientology spokesperson responds: “The Church does not punish people, especially in [that] manner.”)
[From Vanity Fair]
Oh yes, the CO$ does punish people in very terrible manners, and if you’d like to know more about their twisted methods of discipline, check out this photo of a Scientologist being punished in the desert. If the treatment described by Nanzanin is any indication, then I can’t even imagine the hell that Katie went through. We already know that Tom screamed at her for days after she questioned the CO$, and he made her look like this. There’s surely a lot more where that came from too.
This VF report must have David Miscavage in quite a rage, and that’s not even the entire article, which (obviously) I cannot wait to read. Other details will include a discussion of Katie and Tom’s pre-nuptual agreement, which was negotiated by her dad (go Martin) and “reportedly filled five Bankers Boxes.” No wonder they settled their divorce in a matter of weeks.
As a side note, Vanity Fair has published a retrospective slideshow of all of its Tom Cruise covers throughout the years. For obvious reasons, this one is my favorite.
Here’s some more photos of Tom Cruise hanging out and likely contemplating what moves to put on da ladies. Dude needs to just chill out and stop trying so hard, but you know that will never happen.
Photos courtesy of Vanity Fair, Fame/Flynet and WENN