How Scientology Estranged Nicole From Her Kids

Source says Connor, Isabella 'hated' seeing Kidman

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 6, 2012 11:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – More details are leaking from Vanity Fair's massive Scientology story, and the latest paint a disturbing picture of how the church allegedly estranged Nicole Kidman from the two children she adopted with Tom Cruise. Isabella, now 18, was 8 when Kidman and Cruise divorced; Connor was 6. Kidman "did not want to deal with Scientology," a former Scientologist says, and thus she was labeled a "Suppressive Person," or someone who must be avoided, Us reports.

Then her own kids were trained to recognize "SPs" when they went along with Cruise on auditing sessions. "They rejected Nicole—they've been instructed," says another former Scientologist, who adds that at one point they told him, "Nicole is an SP! Our mom's an SP—we hate going and seeing her." The church, of course, denies all of the above. But the Los Angeles Times points out that in a 2010 interview, Kidman said of her children, "They live with Tom, which was their choice. I'd love them to live with us, but what can you do?" Click to see what the article had to say about Cruise's "wife auditions."

Actress Nicole Kidman, left, and her son Connor are seated before the start of the 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, on Saturday, March 31, 2007.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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