Tom Cruise Close to Quitting Scientology: Report
'Tearful' phone call makes it possible, says Star source
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2015 4:07 PM CDT
In this April 21, 2015 file photo, Tom Cruise makes an appearance at the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – Tom Cruise, leaving Scientology? Thank his daughter Suri if it happens: Citing an article that links to Star magazine, Gawker reports that Cruise is edging toward leaving the Church of Scientology after a tearful phone call with Suri. "She was going on and on about her ballet class and how much she loves it," the Star quotes the source as saying. "That’s when Tom realized he’s never seen her perform ballet and he started to tear up." For Cruise, the apparent problem is that Suri and ex-wife Katie Holmes aren't in Scientology, and "the church doesn’t want him close to them," the source says. "They can’t stand that their own poster boy isn’t raising his child in the church."

"If they label Suri a suppressive person (a Scientology term for an enemy of the church), as they’ve been known to do with dissenters, that would make it hard for Tom to have a relationship with her," the source goes on. "He’s between a rock and a hard place, but he’s finally making a choice to put his daughter first." Could all be hooey, however: The Star made a similar report in 2012, saying Cruise might quit Scientology after realizing that his church membership had hurt his public image and ruined his relationships with Holmes, ex-wife Nicole Kidman, and former girlfriend Penelope Cruz, reported Radar at the time. (Meanwhile, Tom Cruise's assistant looks a lot like Katie Holmes.)