Meet star Tom Cruise’s unassuming siblings – including one who ‘runs Scientology courses’ – who he once said he’d ‘live with if I could’

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Tom Cruise is one of the most famous actors in the world, becoming a prolific face on film screens since his star first exploded in the early 1980s.

Despite being one of the most pictured faces in Hollywood, very little is known about his personal life, particularly the relationships he holds with his family.

His father – dubbed a ‘bully and a coward’ by the multi-millionaire – left his mother in the 1970s, with Tom quickly taking on the role of man of the house, looking after his three sisters.

As a result the siblings formed a tight-knit bond, with Tom even declaring a few years ago: ‘I would live with all of my sisters if I could. We have always been very close, my sisters and me.’

And it appears now that dream has come true, with his family reported to have moved into a luxury Scientology building in Florida just a stones throw away from the church’s global headquarters.

Despite their close relationship, however, the star has rarely been seen with his sisters in public, perhaps because his siblings took vastly different paths to the Academy Award winner.

Sharing Tom’s avid belief in the church of Scientology, his sister Cass Capazorio is director of a company that helps run courses in the religion, sometimes referred to as a cult, that was born in America during the 1950s.

His other sister, Lee Anne Gillotte is a former publicist who now works managing the luxury Skyview building where the quartet live and being treasurer of the he ‘Skyview Condominium Association Inc’.

According to The Sun his third sister Marian Henry, her son Cal and daughter-in-law Marjorye, are also all Scientologists.

His brother in law Greg, who is married to Cass, is also said to be the head of another company that helps to rehabilitate prisoners using Scientology techniques.

It is perhaps unsurprising that Tom has remained close to his siblings after he dedicated much of his younger years to helping raise his sisters as they endured a tough childhood at the hands of their abusive father Thomas Cruise Mapother III.

Reflecting on the abuse he endured from his father in a 2006 interview with Parade magazine, he said Thomas ‘was a bully and a coward… the kind of person where, if something goes wrong, they kick you’. 

‘It was a great lesson in my life – how he’d lull you in, make you feel safe and then, bang,’ he added.

‘For me, there’s something wrong with this guy. Don’t trust him. Be careful around him. There’s that anxiety.’

On the other hand, he described his mother Mary lee with love and care, calling her  a ‘very warm, charismatic woman, very kind, very generous’.

At the age of 11, Tom and his family moved to Kentucky after his mother split from Thomas in 1974.

As a result of the split, his mother was forced to take up three jobs to be able to support her four children, depending on her caring and dependable son who began working himself.

The superstar took up a morning paper round, mowed the lawns for his neighbours and even took up cleaning jobs to help his family stay afloat.

One of his neighbours Bill Lewis previously revealed: ‘No job was too dirty or difficult for Tommy, as long as it paid money to help his mom out.’

Lewis added that even when his mother slipped a disk in her back from all the work, with the star supposedly telling him: ‘My mom could have sat there every morning and cried and cried.

‘She didn’t. My mom was very proud. She had dignity. She’s going to work hard.’

In light of her injury, one of Mary’s friend had to move in with them to help with the workload while the family also lived on food stamps for a period of time.

John later divorced Mary in 2012 and he passed away in 2015 at age 89 after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, while Mary died in 2017.

She went on to move to New Jersey and marry John ‘Jack’ South in 1978, when Tom was 16.

Both Mary and her husband were supportive of Tom’s dreams to become an actor.

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