Do Tom Cruise & David Miscavige have the “most intense bromance in history”?

Tom Cruise

This is a pretty amusing story because it seems like a pretty big step for the Hollywood Reporter, which remains one of the leading showbiz trades (although there aren’t many left), to call out Tom Cruise and David Miscavige’s relationship as “the most intense bromance in history.” Really though, that sort of mainstream declaration is almost overdue, for amidst all of the horror stories that come forth from former Scientology parishioners, there’s one constant — Dave and Tom are thick as lift-adorned thieves, and they are so cute together with their little thrones and motorcycles.

That’s the gist of it and why Tom won’t ever leave the CO$. Dave understands Tom, you see. Nobody else cares about Tom enough to spy on him for years in order to oust a difficult wife (i.e., Nicole Kidman) and bring him back into the fold. No one else comprehends Tom enough to be literally “obsessed” with him and give him all sorts of shiny, slave-labor made toys. No one else cares enough to put Tom’s video-recorded audit tapes on instant replay. Quite simply, no one does it for Tom like Dave does. So what about this claim that Dave wouldn’t hesistate to throw Tom under the bus if he left the cult? Tom doesn’t need to worry about that because Tom’s not going anywhere and knows nothing of a so-called crisis of faith. Here are some excerpts from the Hollywood Reporter article, which is worth reading in full, but here are the relevant parts:

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Tom Cruise barely had a breather between what had to be one of the worst summers of his life and the smash opening of the Scientology-inspired movie The Master in New York and Los Angeles. The movie, which director Paul Thomas Anderson screened in advance for Cruise, comes on the heels of the actor abruptly being dumped by his third wife, Katie Holmes, in July and subjected to a humiliating media feeding frenzy, some of which included speculation about Cruise’s close relationship with Scientology’s powerful and controversial chairman, David Miscavige. Ex-Scientologist Marc Headley, who says he worked closely with Miscavige for 15 years during his long tenure with the church, calls it “the most intense, expensive bromance in history.”

The church’s star member could become a liability, much the same way Phoenix eventually becomes a source of trouble for “the Master.” Holmes’ divorce action against Cruise resulted in intense coverage of the church’s controversial inner workings — including Vanity Fair’s September cover story. (Karin Pouw, a representative for Scientology, wrote to The Hollywood Reporter that the recent attention is merely the work of “anti-Scientologists who were kicked out of the Church by Mr. Miscavige, most over eight years ago, [who] used Mr. Cruise’s divorce to further smear the Church with lies so they could promote themselves.” Nevertheless, she writes: “More people have accessed our websites and come in to our Churches over the summer than ever in our history. [The coverage] is having a very positive affect [sic] on people wanting to get accurate information about Scientology for themselves.”

Some people, both in Hollywood and within the circle of former church members, wonder whether Cruise might leave Scientology — as a smart career move if nothing else. But some insiders insist he’d never defect.

“Why should he?” asks veteran publicist Howard Bragman. “You’ve got to realize the difference between a crisis and a controversy in Hollywood. For most people, this is a controversy. It’s not necessarily going to impact his career.”

According to Mike Rinder, who says he was the chief spokesman for Scientology before leaving the organization in 2007, people in Hollywood seem content to look the other way as long as Cruise is making hit movies. “But they act as if his association with Scientology is as harmless as Madonna spending time with the Kabbalah people,” he says. “They don’t realize Tom Cruise is hanging out with someone who is the emotional equivalent of Jeffrey Dahmer.”

“There’s a point of no return, and I think Tom has crossed it,” says [former Scientologist Steve] Hall, who worked closely with Miscavige and knew Cruise slightly. “The time for him to leave was a long time ago. The lines between him and Miscavige are so blurred now.”

The consensus from interviews conducted during the past two months with dozens of former Scientology members who freely divulge church secrets was that Cruise’s relationship with Miscavige was symbiotic. Rinder says Cruise was a “really nice guy” when he first joined the church but, over time, took on more and more of Miscavige’s personality traits. “In Scientology, it’s called being in someone’s valence,” says Rinder. “Cruise has assumed a lot of Miscavige’s qualities.”

Church literature defines the concept of valence in part as “another’s identity assumed by a person unknowingly; a valence is a substitute self taken on after the fact of lost confidence in self or a failed valence or as a solution to a problem.”

Karen De La Carriere, who says she was one of Scientology’s most well-known and respected auditors until she left in 2010, notes that Cruise was “practically channeling” Miscavige during his infamous interview with Matt Lauer on Today in 2010. “The way he lit into Matt Lauer, calling him glib and attacking him — that was exactly how David Miscavige deals with people,” says De La Carriere. “That was the purest example of how Tom is in Miscavige’s valence. It’s a scary thing to watch.”

If true, being in Miscavige’s valence might be why Cruise remains so devoted to him despite what former Scientologists say are Miscavige’s frequent betrayals of him.

Former Scientologists told Vanity Fair as well as THR that Miscavige openly mocked Cruise behind his back. Several sources have told THR that they witnessed Miscavige reading personal details from auditing files aloud. Because Scientologists at every level reportedly are discouraged from reading newspaper articles about the church or watching TV news reports, Cruise might not know of the recent allegations that Miscavige disparaged him behind his back.

But if he ever did find out, watch out: “If the dupe ever links up,” says Rinder, using church jargon — meaning, if Cruise ever realizes Miscavige might have been disloyal — “I don’t think he’ll try to take over the church, but I do think he’d turn on Miscavige like a rabid dog.”

Evidence exists that Cruise has been aware of claims against Miscavige in the past. In a letter sent to ABC News’ Nightline on Oct. 22, 2009, Cruise’s attorney Bert Fields called the actor “a man of spirit, intelligence and independence.” He said, “Mr. Cruise is aware of the claims made against Mr. Miscavige by former members of the Church of Scientology. He does not believe them.”

[From Hollywood Reporter]

Many issues come to the forefront in this article, but what sticks out the most for me at the moment is the notion that Kabbalah isn’t a dangerous cult too. It absolutely is a cult, and there are several resources out there, including this one, that detail ongoings of slave labor and mind control at the centers. Still, Kabbalah is not as flashy of a cult towards which to point fingers, and red bracelets don’t make headlines like couch jumping and e-meters do, so I guess that’s why people will show interest in Scientology exposés whereas talk of Kabbalah generally inspires yawns.

Ultimately, I do agree that Tom will never leave Scientology even if he does truly experience a crisis of faith. This is a shame because it would do so much if Tom had the guts to leave and then give a very public discussion of renouncing the cult. Even if the “church” then leaked his confidential audit files, I think the public would be on his side. Besides, what has Tom told the tin cans that would be worse than what we already know? I find it hard to believe that Tom possesses any secrets that are worse than his love of slave labor or acceptance of a mail-order wife. Bring it on, I say. Tom Cruise could win this battle and maybe even the war itself, but he’d rather just hang with Dave.

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  1. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Do you even have to ask? The pics obv answer that question. When non-military solute each other, in such serious fashion, things are on an entirely different level.

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      I know! How weird. They adopt the military salute, the Christian cross and the Star of David. Reminds me of how the Christians adopted pagan traditions in order to more easily indoctrinate the “heathens.”

    • Canda says:

      Tom has it so drilled into his head that homosexuality is the worst thing ever, so even if he quit the cult he would never be able to even admit to himself what he really is, let alone the public. It’s shame that some people live so deeply in denial and shame.

    • TrollyDolly says:

      L Ron Hubbard was great friends with Aleister Crowley. Scientology has its roots in the occult.

  2. MARIA says:

    Uhm is that Turk behind him in the last picture?

  3. lem says:

    donald faison photobombing cruise in that last picture just made my life.

  4. mia girl says:

    I will never get tired of of that picture of two leather-clad, motorcycle riding man-boys with their narcissism and Napoleonic complexes on full display.
    Never I tell you!!

    So bad ass..?

  5. Whatever says:

    He is such a freak. This “religion” is such a joke. Can’t take either seriously.

  6. Veruca says:

    Still love the Faison bomb!!

    There are no words for how f*cked up Hollywood is. The fact that these ‘religions’ are so, so powerful and no one does nothing to stop it because of the stars in their eyes.

    It’s truly horrifying and sad.

  7. dorothy says:

    What an idiot. He has become the poster child for dumbass.

  8. smartyparty says:

    OMG that last picture with Connor out of focus in the background is TOO FUNNY. That might not be his biological son, but so much of a child’s mannerism come from observing a parent, not biology. And I tell you that boy is ALL TOM. Hopefully Connor can keep the charm and not develop the manic nuttiness.

    • Veruca says:

      That’s not Connor. That’s Donald Faison from Scrubs.

      And it’s the best picture of Tom Cruise ever! (Not that Tom looks good – gross! – but for posterity’s sake…)

      • TrustMeOnThis says:

        Actually, it is some dude off the street. There was a whole conversation about this the first time that shot was posted here, and the back of the backdrop faces a public sidewalk. In any case it is an awesome photobomb!

      • Veruca says:

        I remember that, but I thought (and don’t trust my memory) that it was established to be Faison.

        If I got that wrong, I apologize! :D

        Waiting for Tiff to comment in 3…2…1…

      • TG says:

        I remember that whole Donald Faison conversation and I admit at first I thought it looked like him but on further observation there is not way that was Donald Faison. Tom is a freak and his son has the exact saem manerisms and from what I have read is exactly like him. I wonder though if it is out of truly feeling loved by his father or out of trying to please him to belong. I can just imagine how he has raised them. It is probably my way or the highway and they would have been well aware of that. So to prove his devotion to his father he is just like him. Little suri was lucky to escape.

      • TheOriginalTiffany says:

        @veruca, sorry was gone all day. Yes, we established it was Faison from Scrubs. That whole thread was hilarious just as this one is.

        My son is the best photobomber, he thinks it is an art form which he has mastered.

  9. Trillion says:

    Well, it’s just as ridiculous as any other religion, but the newness of it makes it seem that way, if not more so.

    • gg says:

      Pick any other religion – none of them do what this cult does in the way of robbing them of all their present and future earnings or using slave labor and contracts. None of them.

      • Trillion says:

        Maybe. Maybe not. It’s no less stupid than believing a snake told a woman made from a man’s rib to eat an apple and that’s where sin comes from so we’re all punished but if we believe some cock and bull story about a virgin giving birth to god’s son who was murdered then we get to be immortal. And I’m pretty sure the Catholic church has murdered and robbed way worse than Scientology has, but then again, they’ve had more centuries to hone their massacre skills.

  10. Debra says:

    Too complicated to even try and sort out.
    Lets keep it light.

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      That’s right. Please look away from the evil.

      Personally I think it is important to expose this dangerous cult. If it’s too complicated a subject for you, I’m sure there is an article on Kim K somewhere around here.

      From a purely dispassionate viewpoint, the scandal here is miles deep. This story is not going away any time soon. The more you look the more there is to see.

      Also, did you know that “Freeloader Debt” is not legally enforceable? It’s not.

  11. Eleonor says:

    Have you noticed how Tom Cruise manages to look taller than David in all the photos?? Amazing.

  12. Jaded says:

    One of Miscavige’s biggest talents is finding out a person’s weak spot, or what he needs to do to inveigle his way into their psyche to the point where they almost become one person. That way he can exert the most control, albeit very subtly, over that person.

    With Tom, Miscavige knows that it’s his ego, so he panders to it constantly, giving Tom whatever he wants, constantly stroking him and lifting him up to the point where Tom believes he’s the equivalent of the second coming.

    It’s a very dangerous symbiotic relationship, sort of like combining the charisma of Winston Churchill with the evil of Hitler.

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      Well said, I know a symbiotic relationship doesnt have to benefit both parties, but I’d like to think of MissCabbage as Tom’s parasitic twin (rather than his symbiotic partner in crazy). The image is much more amusing LOL

    • Mayamae says:

      Good analogy.

  13. lucy2 says:

    Tom isn’t going anywhere – I bet they’ve insulated him from all the bad stuff, and brainwashed him beyond the brink.

    Saw The Master – I actually didn’t care for it as a film, but as a brief little glimpse into what something like CO$ does? Scary.

  14. KellyinSeattle says:

    I’ve been saying it all along; he’s a demigod in Japan….maybe he should move there and audition for wives.

    • TG says:

      I don’t get the Japanese. They are an advanced civilization why would they want our leftovers?

      • tmbg says:

        I love reading about Japanese culture and really like the quirky aspects of their society, but sometimes they seem really naive. I’m not talking about the entire population, but the ones who are obsessed and in awe of Hollywood.

        I encountered a nice Japanese woman who was consumed with a celebrity over here, and the woman just couldn’t stop talking about her and posting on Facebook about her. It started to become unnerving.

  15. Jane says:

    Tom isn’t going anywhere. Another website is reporting that Tom is being treated special even more than normally now because he can see Suri without consequences from the cult.

    A former member of the cult said this is out of the ordinary when someone does what Katie did, which is basically not just break from Tom, but also from the cult. On top of that Katie enrolled in a Catholic parish, which is even worse as far as the cult is concerned.

    Anyone else in Tom’s place would not be allowed to see their spouse and children, but Tom is and other members of the cult are noting the special treatment he is getting.

    So, why should he leave the cult? He obviously can do whatever he wants to do. He is used to privilege and as long as he gets it, he will stay where he is. I guess it doesn’t bother him or give him food for thought that there is a double standard going on in his cult. If he just an every day guy in this cult he wouldn’t have any contact with his daughter.

  16. Saphana says:

    Still a better love story than twillight

  17. Green_Eyes says:

    Since Katie got away, they made Nicole go away, made Miscaviage’s wife disappear…and Miscaviage’s seems to play by his own rules surprised they haven’t rewote the Cult rules to suit them in this. They do seem mighty fixated on each other in such an unhealthy way.

    Reminds me of that Jeremy Irons movie “Dead Ringer”. I could so see those two go that crazy about each other & co dependent. They already have such a strange relationship.

    • tmbg says:

      *shivers* Dead Ringer! It was terrifying and one of the most warped movies I’ve ever seen (I don’t watch a ton of movies as you can tell).

  18. Moana says:

    G.A.Y. times infinity.

  19. mollie says:

    Why doesn’t anyone demand to know where Shelly Miscavige is?
    She disappeared.
    Where is the little tyrant’s wife??!

    • Mayamae says:

      I wonder if they have kids. Maybe they would be wondering where she is?

      • Gretta says:

        No kids Mayamae. Kids are too much of a distraction, taking up time that could be used working for the good of the cult! “Sarcasm”

      • mayamae says:

        That’s a blessing to the non-existent children at least. Makes me wonder who Miscavige is grooming to take over from him. Or is he immortal?

    • jODY says:


    • Vesper says:

      Agreed. Why didn’t anyone file a missing person’s report? Does this woman have no family or friends who are looking for her?

      Wasn’t the FBI doing an investigation into the Cult?

  20. carol says:

    lotta people with a lotta problems. let’s see, what will I eat tonight.

  21. LucyOriginal says:

    I am also interested to know why nobody is talking about Johnny Lewis death. His father is pretty high up in the Scientology church.

    • Anna says:

      One of the reasons may be his untreated mental illness. The bloodshed and violence committed by extremely mentally ill vitamin popping scientologists is getting worse and worse. And this supposed religion is just wiping their slates clean. Johnny Lewis’s life was Scientology and it finally killed him. When is the press and hollywood going to really get out from under the influence of CO$. Sons of Anarchy is a CO$ show. Why did I never know that Narcanon is CO$.

      Why is nobody talking about Jeremy Perkins?

  22. Rumorhasit says:

    I have a valance too, it’s in my living room, holding up the curtains.

    Apt description, or pithy snark? You decide.

  23. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Cruise won’t leave. The people in that cult worship him, constantly tell him how he’s better than everyone else, that he can fly and read minds. Why would he give that up to become a mortal human being — and a short one at that. He could come into the real world where he’s laughed at for the ridiculous behavior and para-military cult uniforms and medals, or he can stay in the cult and be worshiped.

    He can/will never admit he was wrong all those years. I don’t think his fragile intellect and vanity can handle it.

    • mayamae says:

      I know Tom can delude himself into believing he can read minds and self-heal, but how in the world does he convince himself that he actually flies?

  24. lol says:

    It is not bromance it is more like a love afair.

  25. Green is Good says:

    Where are Tommy-girl & Miss Cavidge registered ? I expect an engagement announcement any day now.

  26. Gretta says:

    I look at that top picture and all I can think is:

    How many hours of slave labor did it take to carve that ‘throne’ by hand; to gild it; to weave the upholstery trim and chew the leather to make it soft enough for Tom to put his ass on it ? (I’m guessing the last part! But where the cult is concerned, it wouldn’t surprise me!)

  27. Jenny says:

    What Brad Pitt and George Clooney have is a “bromance”. These two–there must be other words, but it goes way past that!!

  28. hairball says:

    The picture of Tom Cruise sitting in that ‘throne’ chair like he is some king. Wow. How utterly ridiculous.

    • mimi (a different one) says:

      You got it. They are catering to his ego and he thinks he’s some sort of a king.

  29. Jean says:

    why get so hot and bothered about the Taliban in Afghanistan when our own government can’t even rid the US of Scientology, which is every bit as Anti-American and suppressive as anything in the Middle East can come up with? This cult is EVERY BIT as dangerous to America as terrorists from other nations, they just don’t blow up citizens, they ENSLAVE them.

  30. Carolyn says:

    What a shame. Tom seemed like a nice guy before he fell in love with Co$. Nicole, Pene, Katie & Suri have done well to be free of him. How can anyone take Co$ seriously now and think “yeah that’s for me!”

  31. debbi says:

    This story makes me sad, and actually feel a little sorry for Tom Cruise, what happened to his self worth that he needs this creepy tyrant and cult.

    Also thank you for the amazing Donald Faison photo bomb! It made my day.

  32. mimi (a different one) says:

    My heart goes out to Nicole that has to watch her kid being brainwashed into this craziness.

    This is terribly tragic what he did to Nicole and his children.
    To alienate children from their mother…

    I also feel for Suri who regardless of who her biological father is, Tom is her father for her, and look at him, he belongs to this weird and controlling cult and barely sees her.

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  34. tmbg says:

    It might be good that the lunatic went into Scientology. If he hadn’t, Miscavige might have wound up in politics.

  35. thecookingpan says:

    What baffles the mind is that Tom IS intelligent and very talented and entertaining as an actor…but it shows you, intelligence and talent can only get you so far. Hopefully he hears and sees the truth soon!

  36. michele123 says:

    I think Tom has narcisstic personality disorder and Dave is a sociopath. It is a perfect setup for Dave to play on the npd. It won’t end. As long as they are both getting what they want.

  37. Psyren says:

    That motorcycle pic always makes me laugh.

  38. Hajar'sMama says:

    Lmao!!@ at person in the background.
    Classic Durp

  39. JustLurking says:

    I have just one word for the whole thing. CREEPYBADCREEPYBAD!