Tom Cruise’s mom has been ‘missing’ since April, people are starting to worry

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This story originally appeared late last week in the Enquirer, but I dropped the ball as we headed into VMAs weekend. People are starting to wonder where Tom Cruise’s mother is, as she hasn’t been spotted since April. Normally, a celebrity’s mom isn’t a hot paparazzi target, but Tom Cruise has a history of exiling his family members when they don’t comply with his wishes. Such as the time when he kicked his 14-year-old niece out of the family for daring to kiss a boy. To this day (and it’s been over a decade), the niece toils away doing manual labor for the Sea Org. Now people have noticed that Tom’s mom has been “missing” since April. He apparently moved her to an assisted living center last fall, and the last time anyone saw her was around Easter.

Making this story even more sketchy is the whole “Where’s Shelly?” question surrounding David Miscavige’s wife. Shelly’s disappearance was a big reason why Leah Remini left the cult (and she filed a missing person’s report, which was sadly dismissed by the LAPD). Now people are wondering where the heck Mary Lee South could be:

Mary Lee South, 78, was last spotted April 5, when she attended Easter brunch at the Celebrity Centre of Scientology in L.A., sources told The National Enquirer.

Public records revealed South moved into assisted living at Belmont Village of Hollywood Heights, which is a mile away from the Scientology building, last November.

Before that, South lived with her megastar son at his sprawling Beverly Hills mansion.

Her current whereabouts, however, are unknown and sources have raised concerns about her wellbeing.

South’s apartment in Belmont Village remains empty, and some fear she has died. But as of yet, no death certificate has been filed in California or in her previous home state of Florida.

[From Radar Online]

Yeah, this is pretty creepy. Would Tom Cruise write off his own mom if she went against Scientology? I wouldn’t put it past him to do so. This is a guy who is so bloody brainwashed that he won’t visit with Suri, ever. The CO$ has Tom right where they want him, and he loves it. Make no mistake, Tom will never leave the cult, but I can see him disowning any family member who wanted to do so. Remember Katie Holmes and the burner phones? Exactly. So where is Mary?

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  1. Nancy says:

    Not enough details. Does she have dementia? Cruise has always had a close relationship with his mother and it seems odd that only a rag is reporting on her being missing. Not even going to go the Scientology route. Just strange….hope she’s okay

    • Jen43 says:

      Definitely missing a lot of details. She could be in another assisted living facility. I wouldn’t assume the worst just yet.

    • Naya says:

      Shes in a lot of trouble if she has a degenerative brain disease. First because she is in a cult that sneers at neuroscience and second because shes in a cult that believes its highest ranking members can heal people (I think they use the term “assist”). If she is sick and Tom cant heal that would mean that Tom hasnt truly achieved OT or that Scientology is bs. So ofcourse they’ll hide her while denying her the benefits existing medication.

    • MCraw says:

      So, since I’m working with Katie on this movie she’s directing, there was something she said that stood out to me. A BTS crew was on set and when they focused on her, she said “hi, my name is Kate Holmes, but I prefer Katie.”
      It struck me for two reasons: 1) How Tom insisted on calling her Kate professionally, despite her personal preference and 2) that she accepted that all the years they were together. Idky it gave me chills when she said it, but it did. For him to inflict his control over something so personal and self identifying as a name for as many years as they were together, surely he had no love for her. I don’t care how many times he jumped in that couch. I get the feeling Tom has no natural love for anyone if they don’t do things his way or serve his purposes.

      • Serenity says:

        Thanks for that great story. Truly, one’s name is so very personal to one’s identity (or so I feel) and to think he would try and impose his preference on her name…..controlling creep!

  2. Lara K says:

    Every time another story comes out, I’m sure Katie Holmes is saying like a million prayers that the stars aligned and she got out.

    I wonder how close we came to wondering where she is…

    • Loopy says:

      Imagine how many people have been summoned to some creepy dungeon to do manual labour for a million years, Katie Holmes is lucky she was ‘high profile’ and her Dad does not take any BS, how many others has this happened to.

      • missy says:

        And she was so smart, having the paps follow her every day. Imagine that these paps probably saved her life, and she hired a whole new security team! SHe was looking all brainwashed, so she is a good actress!

  3. BeBeA says:


  4. JKL says:

    Kind of weird that everyone just forgot about the Church and Cruise’s role in it for a couple weeks there, just to zone out in front of the latest Mission Impossible. He’s canny in this way that he works with well-respected filmmakers on hit films, because if he was on a more Depp-ish trajectory I can see the film world writing him off much easier.

    • doofus says:

      THIS, totally.

      I was livid that, once MI came out, it was all “oh, well…scientology isn’t THAT bad.”

      no, it’s bad, and F*CK this guy and every movie he’ll ever make.

      • BarkingMad says:

        I couldn’t agree more, Doofus. I haven’t watched a TC movie since that one he did with Paul Newman about pool hustlers. I’ve just never been able to take to him. And now, I can’t even look at his face without wanting to slap it. My distate for him is certainly not at the level of digust I feel for Cosby or that Duggar creep, but Cruise looks out from his photos with a face that seems to be begging for someone to punch it… which I’d gladly do. I hope his mum is ok, and no, I wouldn’t put it past him to give his own mother the same treatment he dshed out to his niece.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      When he works with film makers, he doesn’t talk to them about Cos. I think he’s still the same professional he always was.

      • Robert Eckert says:

        When he worked with Spielberg he did, and sent picketers to harass a psychiatrist used by relatives, sparking a feud with Spielberg that has never healed.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Complete and total opposite of my associate’s experience.

      • Neah23 says:

        Yes he does he has tried to convert many of his cast members and who knows about how many crew members he tried to convert or has converted.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I’ll go with the version I got from people that actually worked with him, and not the rumor mill. I don’t blame people for believing gossip, but it is hard for me to buy into that when I have heard things first hand. Believe what you like, no worries.

      • notasugarhere says:

        iirc, he also forced Ron Howard to use a Scientology-based company for sound on Far and Away.

      • SK says:

        Tiffany, these are all stories from older movies he did, before the massive backlash against him started. He may have done this during that period and then reigned it in and decided to keep faith and work seperate when his star started to fall and teh crazy talk started in earnest. I suspect he needed to stop in order to keep working.

  5. Loopy says:

    0_o these people are CRAYYYYZZZZYYY what religion is this…and if Tom can abandon his child no one is safe.

  6. MrsBPitt says:

    The crazy that comes out of Tom’s eyes is scary!!! I think it’s strange that he would have even put his Mom in an assisted living residence. It’s not like he couldn’t afford 24 hour care at his home, and they have always seemed so close! Yeah, the whole thing sounds odd to me!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Very odd. I think he has serious mental issues that will never be dealt with because of his crazy beliefs. I wonder if he will ever wake up and realize the hurt he has caused Suri, and now possibly his mother? What a pathetic “man who has everything.”

      • KendraWM says:

        Or the hurt he has caused his other children by keeping them away from Nicole. Sadly they are too far gone into the cult to see this.

    • laura in LA says:

      MTE, that 2nd to last photo? Tom Crazy-Eyes Cruise.

      Seriously, though, I’ve seen that intense gaze or hard stare before in personality-disordered people. It now means to me: RUN!

  7. Dena says:

    Perhaps she is visiting Miscavige’s wife, Shelley?

  8. NewWester says:

    After re reading the story about his niece, and how he has turned his back on Suri. Nothing would surprise me when it comes to Tom. I used to like watching his movies but all these stories have really turned me off

    • Lorelei says:

      The niece was 14 when she kissed the boy and got exiled from the family and Cruise’s home. I take it this happened 10 years ago.

    • Loopy says:

      Lol you know she was 14 when is happened, I guess she is 24 now working at sea org, I hear they get paid less then a is that legal?

      • lesbastardsmiserables says:

        This is just crazy… I can’t believe some type of law enforcement can’t intervene at this point. If she was sent away at 14 and has been working for 10 years for nothing, this must be so very nearly be classed as human trafficking.

      • zimmer says:

        The SeaOrg needs to stage a coup.

      • Liberty says:

        I’m with both of you. How is any of this legal? I know politicians end up in office and run the law, and that Hollywood donates to many campaigns. But I seriously want to see one legitimate reporter stand up and ask someone about this crazy cult, and tell us why it is ok, during high-media campaign season. Just for laughs. “And what is your view on modern day enslavement and kidnapping and hard labor camps holding unwilling workers being run by Hollywood cult worshippers, please, and why is it ok to off someone because your cult leader wrote some science fiction stories? Discuss.”

        Imprisoning and enslaving people, making them disappear — it’s all ok? Wow.

      • bettyrose says:

        I’m really shaken by the idea that his niece – and countless others – have been enslaved by these lunatics. How does CO$ get away with it??

  9. Ben Dover says:

    Maybe she’s on holidays with Xenu

  10. jinni says:

    Maybe losing her grand daughter pushed her to stop eating the Co$ bs and start asking too many questions. Maybe she was trying to convince her son to reconnect with Suri and the powers that be didn’t like that or Tom ratted her out himself.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      This was totally my thought. Could she really sit by and condone him ignoring her???

    • Dana M says:

      Perhaps his mother “knows a lot” and so they put her away somewhere so that she doesn’t talk to the media or other people . Heaven forbid she’d disclose valuable top secret CO$ info. Like for example: Suri’s real biological father.

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  11. Dena says:

    I’m going with the theory that she is off visiting Miscavige’s wife, Shelly, and that they are simply having a nice long extended girl’s vacation in one of Scientology’s more comfortable gulags–particularly if she is suffering from some form of dementia, depression or even . . . self-reflection. But all jokes aside, if he has had his Mom removed or if she was removed for one of the above reasons or because she was deemed suppressive, I hope he burns in hell if one exists. Hopefully, it’s nothing sinister.

    Actually, this kind of reminds me when it was thought that Chairman Mao had died because he hadn’t been seen in months/years and some US politician’s & political talk shows had begun a somewhat public chant of “show of me body.” Hmm. But I guess that’s also similar to Where’s Waldo too. Okay. My mind is beginning to curl back unto itself–best to get up, get showered, and get moving.

  12. sassy says:

    this is a cult …..plain and simple. Like the Duggars are a cult. “Religion” makes people do strange things……and yah Shelly hasn’t been seen since what 2007??? Creepy

  13. Snowpea says:

    I saw Tom on some American talk show last week and oh my god he seemed so freak ing creepy it gave me goosebumps.

    He’s just so…forced. And fake congenial. And a tryhard. I found him to be creepy and weird and tryhard and frankly, just plain disturbing.

    How the guy still has a career in Hollyweird is a total mystery. He is a complete freak.

    • Betsy says:

      I don’t think Hollywood cares about freaky so long as people keep paying to watch.

    • Hautie says:

      “He’s just so…forced. And fake congenial. And a tryhard. I found him to be creepy and weird and tryhard and frankly, just plain disturbing….”

      Cruise is just so over-trained. Everything just seems as if, he has spent hours of doing interviews in private… to get that odd rhythm, he has when he speaks. And it is disturbing as hell to watch.

      And yea… I suspect his Mother is off visiting Shelley at the spa.

      At this point I tend to believe that Cruise entire home life… is all about them (his immediate family) ratting each other out at this point. And poor Mom lost.

      Makes me wonder where the Mother’s… husband is at. She is married. Maybe he came and rescued her from the cult? Or is he still sitting in Florida, alone, wondering what the hell happen to their life.

  14. MoxyLady007 says:

    Scientologists think that sickness or bad circumstances are due to weakness and failing on your part. And any mental issues? Oh hell no. So if she does have dimentia and is ailing, I can see cruise shipping her off. Her weakness reflects badly on him. And if she’s that weak, that “bad”, to have dimentia then she has been lying to him. Acting like she is clearer than she is. Exile.

  15. Mia4S says:

    Well I’d just like to send a shout out to all of you who paid for a ticket to Mission Impossible and are helping to keep a destructive cult funded to do its work. But you don’t care right? Because ‘splosions go boom!!! Stunts and cars go fast! Wheee! Not to mention the reporters and news organizations who are too cowardly to go there. Nice work all!

  16. K says:

    Because this is to horrifying I’m going to give the family the benefit of the doubt here and say maybe she is sick and moved into an assisted living and out of respect the family is keeping it quiet.

    That being said I totally believe if she went against the church Tom would have her on sea org no question, but since it’s only the inquirer and there are a lot of missing details plus she is an older lady so failing health isn’t out of the realm of possibility I will give him the benefit of the doubt here.

    I will say he is a sick pathetic man, and his family is weak to. Who allows their brother to ship away their child to slave labor? And what kind of man throws away his child for a science fiction book? Katie Holmes must thank god every day she has the family she has and the strength she did to get out of there.

  17. Dena says:


  18. mkyarwood says:

    Man, are these new photos? I want whatever liquid suspension cryochamber solitude egg technology Tom’s using! As for his mom being missing, well. Can’t say that sounds unusual, and clearly, our concept of authority doesn’t seem to care.

  19. kri says:

    Horrifying. Every time I read something about him, I get chills. I’m not saying he has done something to his mom, but we know what he did to his niece(also horrifying), and what Katie Holmes went through to get away. I have a feeling no one will ever know the real Tom Cruise, cause if they did…oy. I hope his mom is okay.

  20. Sure Jan says:

    I put nothing pass a man who brainwashed his kids to distance them from their own mother. A man who exiled his niece for being a normal 14 year old girl. A man disowned his youngest daughter because her mother has common sense to leave him. A man who does all those things doesn’t get the benefit of a doubt.

    • Carmen says:

      I’m wondering if he refuses to visit Suri because he either suspects or knows that she is not he biological child?

      • laura in LA says:

        I think Suri actually looks like Josh Hartnett, who was dating Katie around the time she “auditioned” for Tom before she disappeared for a couple of weeks and suddenly resurfaced as the brainwashed love-of-his-life…

        Is it any wonder then that Josh left Hollywood for a time, while Katie’s former fiancé Chris Klein succumbed to drinking problems and suicidal thoughts?

        Since Katie and Suri escaped the cult and did it publicly means they have some protection in society, so it’s probably better for both of them if they never see Tom again.

  21. Blackbetty says:

    Did he put her in the same place as Shelly? Or is she just ostracized?

    • Christin says:

      Maybe she just became frail and/or forgetful. Too much trouble for the controlling ‘perfection’ that is TC

  22. jenn12 says:

    What I don’t get is why the FBI isn’t involved with Scientology. This is beyond sketchy into dangerous and terrifying.

    • laura in LA says:

      You should read the TIME feature article from 1991, I think it was, scared the sh*t out of me, then the book Going Clear, which explains how Scientology grew to become what is is today, also how it has protected status as a religion.

  23. cujokay says:

    He killed her.

  24. Triple Cardinal says:

    I’m no TC fan, but let me play devil’s advocate for a second.

    I don’t understand why, if she has dementia or some debilitating condition, he hasn’t hired ’round-the-clock home care from some happy CO$ minions.

    But if she has been moved to an ALF, maybe her location is being kept secret due to concerns about kidnapping, or worse.

    With her out of the house, he cannot keep her in sight 24/7. So he’s keeping her location secret out of an abundance of caution.

    • cujokay says:

      He killed her or had her killed.

    • Mia4S says:

      Because if she has dementia or some debilitating condition in this cult it’s her own fault for not staying clear or not dealing with her theatens. So they move her away from the golden boy, or he might be effected by her weakness.

      I wish I was joking.

  25. Paloma says:

    Paging Tony Ortega! This is so sad.

    It makes me wonder about Katie Holmes getting tied up with him. Other young girls turned him down, so I question her decision making. Her father rescued her from that mess.

    • CF98 says:

      Katie has always had the worst taste in men so really that doesn’t surprise me she apparently was in love with the guy since her teens so I can see living out a fantasy until Suri came along and then reality set in.

      There’s also the conspiracy theory that she was an undercover agent for Anonymous and was sent to Tom Cruise.

      Take your pick.

      At the very least I don’t believe Suri is Tom’s bio kid.

  26. cruise control says:

    Love me some Cruise Control. HE’s a role model like no other.I wish i had 0.1% of his work ethic, affablity and humbleness. Can’t wait for Jack Reacher saw MIRN 3 times already

  27. Belle says:

    Considering her age, dementia or Alzheimer’s is a distinct possibility. Seeing as there can be nothing near TC to smudge his precious reputation with the cult, I’d bet his Mom is tucked away in a nursing home to live out her days far out of the public eye.

    I just hope (if that’s the case) that she’s somewhere with a level of care & comfort that Tom can easily afford & not some creepy cult-run place.

  28. Sharon says:

    His mom was probably sent to Sea Org.

  29. manda says:

    Do scientoligists (ugh, however it’s spelled. nothing looks right) celebrate easter? I would think that they wouldn’t believe in a christian (or any other) G-d

    • Katija says:

      There’s a moment in the South Park episode that’s kinda accurate – Stan says he can’t join because he’s a Catholic, they say it’s not a religion, he goes “then why does it say CHURCH of Scientology,” then the guy changes the subject.

      They flip-flop back and forth on whether or not it’s a “faith” based on if it’s convenient for them in the moment.

  30. phlyfiremama says:

    I just watched Going Clear on HBO yesterday. SO CREEPY!!! Run Mary Lee, you in DANGER girl!!!

  31. DiamondGirl says:

    I don’t feel sorry for her at all. She’s been a willing participant with all of this for years with the rest of her kids. Live by the sword…

  32. decloo says:

    CO$ has an organizational wing for any and all of its members. I’m betting they have a number of facilities for their senior members who need assisted living. It probably has a really long acronym name but is called EldOrg or SenOrg or something. The main purpose, of course, is to keep their mouths shut. This is especially important for those members who may have dementia. They just can’t risk these people spilling the beans.

  33. Jordan says:

    This is very upsetting. He has millions, so his mother should never be in a seniors home. He can afford 24 hour care for her. What a dick! My parents had 24 hour care for my grandma and they’re not gazillionaires

  34. My Two Cents says:

    I live just a few miles from where the COS operated a treatment center for addicts. It was finally closed down because of 3 deaths of clients under mysterious circumstances. Parents paid a lot of money and thought they were sending kids to treatment and it was more like a brainwashing and torture facility. Very interesting info online about it. Tom Cruise, John Travolta, etc…I don’t understand how they have been so easily duped by COS.

  35. Katija says:

    Probably with whatshisface’s wife – urgh. The freakish little troll who runs the whole shebang.

  36. TripleThreat says:

    He has a great surgeon but he needs a great psychiatric nurse practitioner (they write scripts sand the God complex). Most psychiatrists are bat shit. Always go for the n.p.

  37. Dee says:

    This story and watching that video from the link gave me a horrible thought… what if John Travolta’s and Kelly Preston’s son Jett didn’t die from natural causes/an accident…..