A lot of stories have been swirling this morning concerning Tom Cruise and his so-called arranged marriage to some Scientology actress named Nazanin Boniadi. Before Tom married Katie Holmes, the Scientology leaders embarked on a heavy audition process to find Cruise a girlfriend.
While this all sounds like something out of National Enquirer, here are the facts:
Vanity Fair, a very respected publication that rarely posts phony celebrity stories, posted a story over the weekend about Iranian-born actress Nazanin Boniadi, who claims she dated Tom for 3 months in 2004 after she was “auditioned” for the role of Tom’s girlfriend. Scientology leaders took the two to Nobu in NY and rented out an ice skating rink for a highly chaperoned first date.
Boniadi even claims she was in love with Tom, but Tom wanted a woman with more power, someone more like his ex-wife Nicole Kidman. Apparently Scientology leaders broke up with Boniadi for Tom and then punished her by forcing her to dig ditches and clean the bathrooms. Not surprisingly, this actress has since left the religion.
We’ve heard many rumors over the years that Scientologist chief David Miscavige had auditioned girls for the part of Tom’s girlfriend, but the rumors were always dismissed as just that – rumors.
After the recent Vanity Fair story broke, respected director of Crash and former Scientologist himself, Paul Haggis, has jumped to Boniadi’s defense.
“I was deeply disturbed by how the highest ranking members of a church could so easily justify using one of their members; how they so callously punished (Boniadi) and then so effectively silenced her when it was done,” says Haggis.
Then (oh this plot just continues to thicken) Tom Cruise’s rep released a statement shooting down the “girlfriend search” rumors.
“Lies in a different font are still lies – designed to sell magazines,” says Cruise’s rep, addressing the fact that this rumor tends to surface every few years.
So that’s what happening. Since Vanity Fair isn’t known to print bogus stories, we’re having a pretty easy time believing this story. For the full report head over to VanityFair.com.