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Tom Cruise, the unofficial public face of Scientology, might soon be cutting ties with the organization so he can spend more time with his daughter, according to reports. Sources at Star claim the actor’s 9-year-old daughter, Suri, is close to earning the title of “suppressive person,” essentially a pariah who shouldn’t be contacted, in the eyes of other influential Scientologists.
Problems have arisen because Cruise hasn’t been raising Suri as a Scientologist, and this means that his relationship with his daughter is limited—and will be increasingly so as she continues to mature outside the church. Cruise reportedly had a poignant moment of clarity after a recent phone call with her. “She was going on and on about her ballet class and how much she loves it. That’s when Tom realized he’s never seen her perform ballet and he started to tear up,” a source told Star. “It hit him that she’s growing up before his eyes and he’s not there to witness most of it. They talk on the phone and video chat, but it’s not the same.”
According to reports, it’s looking like Cruise is finally going to put his daughter (who he allegedly hasn’t seen for two years) before the church because he’s already missed birthdays, school events, and other special moments and milestones. “Suri is not a baby anymore; she is fully aware that her father isn’t around much,” a Cruise insider told Star. “When she speaks to him on the phone, it’s becoming more and more like she’s talking to a stranger.”
Cruise was recently one of the focal points of a scathing documentary about Scientology, Going Clear. The film is littered with Cruise (and other celeb) revelations that have the potential to further discredit the already-contentious church. Esquire.com contributor Logan Hill wrote on the subject earlier this year: (more)