How Tom Cruise’s Mates Are Found, Vetted, Controlled, And Punished


Vanity Fair is about to publish a feature that'll make Scientology seem even creepier than it does already. It's the story of how Tom Cruise went about acquiring his last two romantic interests, Katie Holmes and actress Nazanin Boniadi. The short version of that story is this: He didn't acquire them. Scientology acquired them.

If Vanity Fair's to be believed, finding a post-Nicole, post-Penelope love interest for Cruise involved a church-run search headed up by Shelly Miscavige, wife of David Miscavige, Scientology's baby-faced leader. From Vanity Fair:

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?”

Nazanin Boniadi, Scientology's first choice to mate with Tom Cruise, apparently thought he was pretty swell. So the church set about breaking her up with her boyfriend:

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).

MiscavigeThings allegedly went well between Boniadi and Cruise, but only for a little while. When Boniadi displeased the actor, which she apparently did with increasing frequency during their few months together, he would report her to their church. The crime that ended her relationship with Cruise was allegedly this:

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 “land” is crucial.
Boniadi was excoriated by Cruise for disrespecting Miscavige.

Cruise eventually dumped Boniadi, though indirectly — she found out he was leaving her, or that she was leaving him, when she was instructed by the church to move out of Cruise's home and into the Scientology Celebrity Center, in Los Angeles. Her punishment for failing Cruise:

… 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.

The church denies everything. Boniadi and Cruise refused to comment. David Miscavige says the whole story's a ridiculous fabrication.


  1. Tom says

    Every time I see attacks on Tom it makes me think that the stories about the CIA are true, that the CIA attack the church because it really works to help people get better and also that some evil people in the CIA use people like the gays and others to make attacks and the gays and others do not even know they are being used. Much like NOM uses blacks and Hispanics to attack gays but most don’t really know NOM is using them to attack gays. Tom is an actor who has a religion people, get over it. Everybody knows the real enemy of the gays is the anti-gay Christians who spend millions to stop gay marriage, etc., so don’t be fooled by evil people with other agendas who want you to put your attention on people like Tom and his religion so you will waste your time and efforts on something else when you need to deal with the real problems that gays have and that is anti-gay Christians who want to destroy LGBT people. Don’t let the anti-gay people trick and fool you into wasting your time and money on the wrong target.

  2. Elsewhere says

    “David Miscavige says the whole story’s a ridiculous fabrication.”

    And David Miscavige should know a ridiculous fabrication when he sees one. You know, like Scientology. Um…

  3. Beto says

    Commenter number 4, so-called Tom. Long and crazy diatribe. My common sense says you’re a scientology member and posted that comment in their behalf. How much they pay you my dear? BTW, even if your not one of them you sound VERY creepy.

  4. Bart says

    What does this article and gay marriage have to do with each other? I think “Tom” needs to follow the narrative. The article in Vanity Fair is about Tom Cruise, Scientology and finding Cruise’s next female mate.

    Gay marriage has nothing to do with that.

    Would anything in the Vaniety Fair article come as a surprise. Probably not. These stories have circled around Scientology for years and years and from so many sources that the truth is apparent. I feel sorry for this young actress. Note to any actress 21-40 in the Scientology cult…if they ask you about Cruise, let them know you think he’s cute, a good actor but not for you. Maybe you’ll get to skip the toilet scrubbing.

  5. i could go on, but I won't says

    “she was shown confidential auditing files of her boyfriend to expedite a breakup …”

    So much for confidential files. Do tell, what was in those files? Go ahead, tell me, I have a few more minutes to waste and be distracted from the homosexual agenda.

    Was there any gay fantasy stuff? That would make it a legitimate use of my time.

  6. Beto says

    @Bart. You high? No, there’s no relation between the article and gay marriage but that does not stop this blog to post the news. Our life does not revolve not only about our issues but others. I appreciate Andy Towle vision’s of his blog, a blog that i love to read everyday with topics that often are not “tipically” related to our gayness. So please stop for a sec and think about that.

  7. says

    What is interesting is why or how Marc Headley, a former Scientologist came to reveal this incident and why suddenly this story has become of interest given the public’s little knowledge of Nazanin Boniadi and the attempt by VF to point the finger at Cruise and his church of faith as to how somehow remind us how improbable and ridiculous the actor really is….?

  8. andrew says

    Of course Scientology is rubbish. It is a silly cult. But while you are looking at the crazy s*it in religion, check out the Catholic Church which teaches that after a priest say “hoc est enim corpus meum” over a piece of bread, that bread becomes the “body and blood, soul and DIVINITY of Jesus Christ”. Yep, that piece of bread becomes the creator of the billion gallaxy universe. It may be hard to believe but that is Catholic doctrine. Check out the Fundamentalists Protestants who teach that the bible is the inerrant word of god. Yea, the bible that tells us that diseases are caused by evil spirits and a list of b*ll s*it too long to list hear. The Abrahamic religions( Christianity, Judaism & Islam) are just as bat s*it crazy as any of the newer religions like Scientology and Mormonism. Religions and their artifacts belong in museums not in the hearts and minds of civilized 21st century people.

  9. John says

    Word has it that Jennifer Garner was on this shortlist – she’d just broken up with Scott Foley not long before the Cruise/Kidman break up. Cruise’s people reached out but were politely rebuffed and he eventually settled on Katiebot. Amazing.

  10. EchtKultig says

    Wow…the scientology paid trolls don’t waste any time. Comment #4, 30 minutes after publication!
    Scientology is non-Abrahamic but it’s still related to Mormonism. They are the first and last (hopefully) “science fiction” or “cosmological” religions. Those that are informed by the possibility of life somewhere other than Earth.

  11. Diogenes Artktos says

    @Echtkultig: Don’t underestimate the quickness with which Scientologists rise up to defend their religion and keep it secret. Quite some years ago – I think the 1970s – there was a lawsuit which made the full set of Scientology teachings public for a few hours. While some non-Scientologists were able to view the documents, Scientologists quickly clogged the schedule so that very little was made public.

    I despise any organization which charges obscene amounts of money to learn what it really teaches.

  12. anon says

    The problem the Scientology vis-a-vis mainstream religions is the secrecy and paranoia in combination. The Catholic Church might have ridiculous beliefs (shared with others), but isn’t secret about them, and might be paranoid, but it requires the unholy trinity of silly beliefs, secrecy and paranoia to become a true cult. However, the damage done to individuals and nations through mainstream religions is probably quite a bit greater overall than done by small cults like Scientology, but only because of the scale differences. Cruise is one of the stars of the movement and helps attract new members, so they must pay special attention to his needs. Any problems he might have might also reflect badly on the church and so need fixing right away. This is almost being run like a business. Hollywood agents do the exact same thing, it comes to mind.

  13. Caliban says

    Around the same time (or right before) Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah’s couch over Katie Holmes, Scarlett Johansson spilled the beans about how she was invited to meet Cruise for what was supposed to be an audition. IIRC it was at his home, not an office. Either way, she drove herself there and met with Cruise but it instead of it seeming like any audition she’d ever been to it felt more like a date, which she was NOT interested in. She left ASAP. When she got to her car, which she had locked, she discovered that Cruise’s minions had broken into her car and “detailed” it for her, cleaning it inside and out, which seriously creeped her out.

    FWIW, yes it can be argued that ALL religions are “cults,” but there is a difference between a religion that has been practiced for thousands of years and has been a major force in world history and a religion started in the 1950s by a science-fiction author. Or for that matter a religion started in the 1850s by a convicted con-man who wanted to “marry” multiple young women.

    It’s worth noting that both Scientology and Mormonism REQUIRE you to pay them money in order to practice the “religion,” whereas traditional religions certainly WANT you to give them money but they don’t forbid you to take part in services if you don’t.

    Scientology has a pay-as-you-go scheme, where you advancing a level in the “faith” costs a certain amount OR you can sign up for virtual slavery in groups like SeaOrg.

    The Mormon Church has mandatory tithing. You can get a waiver but it’s for 1 year at a time and each year you meet with a church official to go over your finances and they tell you what you “owe.” Now, if you don’t pay your tithe you can still go to temple, but there are rites and rituals you cannot attend if you don’t tithe and you will face criticism. A recent article estimated that the LDS church takes in at *least* 7 BILLION dollars a year.

    Both also encourage shunning of those who leave the religion.

    I’d imagine that if there is an afterlife (which I don’t believe in) L Ron Hubbard and Joseph Smith are still arguing over who came up with the better scam.

  14. AngelaChanning says

    @Caliban – There is a theory the reason why Mitt Romney will not release his taxes is that it may show he cheated the church. ::Making a “Church Lady” face:: Isn’t that special.

  15. Mick says

    Andrew, why so mad at Catholic church- it employs lots of queers, gives them free house, car, travel, and altar boys. There is a far more intolerant sect which beheads homosexuals based simply on hearsay, and that sect is never criticized???

  16. andrew says

    @mick: The answer is that having been raised in an Irish Catholic family ( none of which, including my mom, still practices the religion) I know it better than the other b*ll s*it religions. In the USA Protestant fundamentalism is a greater threat to human advancement than Catholicism. On the world stage there is no greater threat to human advancement than Islam. If I were given the opportunity to abolish a religion it would be: Islam, Protestant fundamentalism and Catholicism in that order.

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