You don’t hear much from Isabella Cruise, or her brother Connor Cruise for that matter. The shared children of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman pretty much keep to themselves and are fully dedicated to their lives as Scientologists. But you can’t stay under the radar forever; Isabella has finally spoken up about Scientology, not publicly, mind you, but to other members of the church. Naturally, a copy of Bella’s message got into the hands of Sci critic Tony Ortega, who posted it on his blog. And it’s all kinds of weird.
In the email, Isabella recalled her challenging training period and her “even worse” internship to become an auditor (which, according to People, is someone trained to guide other members through intense self-examination sessions with the help of an electronic device known as an E-meter). But that’s about as negative as her testimonial gets, stating that the training she received was exactly what she needed.
“I dragged out the testing and correction, just made it through the drilling and then finally began my auditing adventure, and wow, I wasn’t prepared,” she wrote. “This IS what I had been searching for. The missing piece. Suddenly everything began to make sense.”
Cruise continued, “We all need to do this. It’s hard work. This is a gift to yourself and so many others. … If you are going to make it as a being for the long run you NEED this. The internship, for me, is what made me a Scientologist.”
She closed the email by thanking those who helped her, specifically her dad and aunt, Cass Mapother, but not her mother because ‘suppressive person’ Kidman is basically the Voldemort of the COS. Bella also thanked “COB,” which stands for the church’s Chairman of the Board, David Miscavige, and “LRH,” Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
If you read the letter in full, it reads so formally and mechanically that it does make one wonder whether it was copied from the Scientology promotional material and her name was slapped on the bottom, or if someone was standing over Bella’s shoulder as she wrote it. According to Ortega, the wording of Bella’s testimonial (or, in Sci language, ‘success story’) is standard procedure but what’s odd is that it’s from a celebrity in the organization. Ortega can’t recall another time where a celeb was used to endorse auditor training.
And while her words seem sincere and rainbows and sunshine, Ortega insists that she had to use that tone; otherwise, she would be interrogated, to find out why it wasn’t positive. Yeesh.
“You can’t move on until you’ve written something like this,” he told Australia’s The Morning Show. “It’s standard in Scientology.”
Ortega believes the COS might be trying to send a message to its members. If celebrities and celebrity kids are doing it, they should be as well. Whatever the case, this statement from Bella and, indirectly, the entire Cruise family, is them loudly and proudly supporting Miscavige. So if you thought the Cruises were losing their religion, and having second thoughts about Sci, think again. They’re in it until the very end. Hell, they’re basically the First Family of it.
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