Tom Cruise hosts parties fit for a four-year-old, apparently.
UPDATE: The Leah Remini memoir is the gift that keeps on giving. The latest celebrities to be drawn into her tell-all Scientology circus are power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Remini has revealed that a night at Tom Cruise’s place isn’t all champagne and sparkle, with guests forced to play the weirdest game of hide-and-seek we’ve ever heard of.
An extract from Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology reads:
As the dinners continued and we spent more time with Tom, I came to think of him as a big kid with his loud laugh, high energy, and goofy ideas of fun. Like when he invited some Scientologists and a few other celebrities like Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, to his house and announced he wanted to play hide-and-seek. At first I thought he was joking, but no, he literally wanted to play hide-and-seek with a bunch of grown-ups in what was probably close to a 7,000-square-foot house on almost three full acres of secluded land.
“I can’t play—I’m wearing Jimmy Choos,” I said.
“Well, good,” Tom said with his signature grin. “So you’re It, then.” And with that he tagged me and ran to hide.
Leah Remini on Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
We all suspected the blame for the demise of TomKat could be attributed to Tom Cruise’s controversial religion, and now Leah Remini is confirming it.
The actress, 45, is speaking candidly about Scientology, a religion she followed for more than 30 years before her defection in 2012.
Remini’s book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, is released today and to promote it, she’s done several in-depth interviews.
Watch Leah Remini on Good Morning America… Post continues after video.
She told Good Morning America that Katie Holmes left Scientology to protect her daughter with Cruise from the religion.
“I know now [Katie] did what she did because she had to protect her daughter, which in a way connects us,” Remini said, adding that she also chose to leave the church to protect her daughter, Sofia.
“I didn’t want my daughter to choose the Church.”
Remini has recounted how, after Tom Cruise’s wedding to Holmes, she shared a car to the airport with his two children with Nicole Kidman, Isabella and Connor.
Remini asked the kids whether they’d seen their mother recently, to which Isabella allegedly responded, “Not if I have a choice. Our mom is a fucking SP.”
An SP is a suppressive person, seen as an enemy of Scientology.
Remini struggled to contain her emotion when she spoke about her dealings with Holmes.
Holmes had written a “knowledge report” about Remini following the wedding, saying her behaviour was “very upsetting”.
“It makes me emotional because at that time that Katie and this particular crew were writing reports it caused me a lot of time and pain and my family being reprogrammed,” Remini said on Good Morning America.
“At the time I was fighting with her, for lack of a better word, within the Church and now I know really what she was going through. At the time I was thinking of myself and my family and what we were going through and although painful I had no idea she was going through probably a lot more.
“Seeing her and Suri out there in the world and her being able to be with her daughter and live her life, I’m touched by it.”
Watch Remini on 20/20… Post continues after video.
Holmes declined to be interviewed for the show, but she did release a statement.
“I regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future.”