Tom Cruise is once again speaking out about his beloved religion Scientology.
At the UK premiere of his new film Tom Cruise: Never Go Back, um, we mean, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the movie star opened up about his beliefs and what the controversial church has done for him.
“It’s something that has helped me incredibly in my life,” said Cruise. “I’ve been a Scientologist for over 30 years. It’s something that is, you know … without it, I wouldn’t be where I am. So, it’s a beautiful religion. I’m incredibly proud.”
Cruise joined the religion in 1986 and has been widely seen as the most famous celebrity member.
The London premiere marked a rare moment for the action star, who doesn’t often speak publicly about Scientology. In a 2005 interview with Matt Laurer on The Today Show, things got heated when Cruise took the same stance as the Church of Scientology and spoke against things like prescription medication and psychiatry.
There have been rumours that Cruise’s marriage to Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes both ended because they were considered ‘suppressive persons’ by the Church and never converted to Scientology.
The Church of Scientology has experienced a considerable amount of backlash in the press in recent years, with former Scientology member Leah Remini‘s book Troublemaker and the HBO documentary Going Clear alleging abuse and manipulation at the hands of the highly secretive organization. Both the book and film sent shockwaves throughout Hollywood and the Church, which is known for its secretiveness and exclusivity.
Cruise is one of many celebrities to belong to Scientology, which formed in 1954 following the teachings of author L. Ron Hubbard. In addition to Cruise, famous Scientologist include John Travolta, Kelly Presley, Kirstie Alley, Beck, Elizabeth Moss, Juliette Lewis, Danny Masterson, Jason Lee, and Giovanni Ribisi.