Tom Cruise’s First Wife Left Scientology After They Divorced — Despite Introducing Him to It

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Tom Cruise remains on top after all these years. Top Gun: Maverick earned nearly $1.5 billion at the box office, and scored six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. But as great as his recent film work has been, some think most of his links to Scientology. Cruise is synonymous with the controversial religion now, but it was his first wife, Mimi Rogers, who introduced him to the church. The couple eventually divorced, and Rogers left Scientology for good. Like most stories related to the church, the story behind their split is strange and full of unconfirmed rumors.

Cruise and Rogers started dating in 1985. In hindsight, it was probably a red flag that the pair couldn’t even agree on how they first met.

Cruise told Rolling Stone that same year that they ran into each other at a dinner party. While he was attracted to her, the actor didn’t pursue her because Rogers was dating someone else at the time.

But Rogers remembered their encounter differently. She told Us Weekly in 1987 that she was single and that mutual friends set them up. “I wasn’t seeing anybody, he wasn’t seeing anybody, and they thought, ‘These people should be going out with somebody. Let’s see if they want to go out with each other,’” she said (via the South Florida Sun Sentinel). “And we said, ‘Aw, what the heck. Okay.’”

Whatever compelled them to start dating, they fell for each other very fast. Cruise and Rogers married on May 9, 1987, with Emilio Estevez serving as the best man. Privacy was so important to them that even Cruise’s publicist was reportedly unaware of their intentions.

Unfortunately, their love faded as soon as it bloomed. Cruise and Rogers divorced in 1990. The media speculated that Cruise’s ascendant fame and the age difference between them (Rogers is eight years older than Cruise) were the reasons. But the truth lies somewhere in their religious affiliations.

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  1. Scientology dictator David Miscavige apparently is a home wrecker. Reportedly his influence and manipulation led to two of Tom Cruise’s divorces. It seems like Scientology always comes first for Cruise in his personal life.

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