Tom Cruise's daughter Isabella thanks Scientology training for saving her life: 'Thank you, dad'
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's adopted daughter Isabella Cruise has given credit to the Church of Scientology for providing her with the "missing piece" in her life after she underwent extensive training in order to become an auditor.
In Scientology, an auditor is a qualified individual who helps a member of the church through times in their life and "claims to get rid of any past or current negative situations may have hold on them."
In an email originally shared with Scientologists based in London and then published in the blog The Underground Bunker, the 26-year-old claimed she had been "drowning in problems" before she qualified for the role of an auditor.
Speaking about the training, Isabella wrote: "It turned out it was exactly what I needed. I dragged out the testing and correction, just made it through the drilling and then finally began my auditing adventure, and wow, I wasn’t prepared. This IS what I had been searching for. The missing piece."
Becoming an auditor means that Isabella, who currently lives in London with her husband Max Parker, will be able to guide others through the auditing process, which is a question and answer session that involves the use of a rudimentary lie detector (referred to as an E-meter by scientologists), to help new members get rid of negativity.
Talking about the training required to be Scientologist auditor, she said: "It’s a few meltdowns and running to the bathroom to have a mini-episode, but it is worth everything because you will get through. This is a gift to yourself and so many others. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t going to be an auditor or aren’t going to join staff. If you are going to make it as a being for the long run you NEED this. That’s the truth.... So stop messing around and get going."
Cruise and Kidman adopted Isabella in 1992, and her younger brother Connor, who also practices Scientology, three years later. Both the children went on to live with their devout Scientologist father after he and Kidman divorced in 2001 following an 11-year marriage.
Isabella also thanked her father, her aunt Cass Mapother, and other members of the church for helping her through a series of issues as she went through her training.
She wrote: "Thank you to my Dad for everything. To Cass. To Tash. I would have drowned in my own problems if you hadn’t been there to sup me or get me through the preliminaries."
Scientology expert Tony Ortega, who obtained the email and shared it with Sun Online, told The Sun that getting someone as young and high-profile as Isabella to actively promote the religion is a major coup for the Church.
He explained: "I have never seen a celeb (even a minor one) do a promo for 'training' - the work to become an auditor. This not only shows that she's dedicated to the church, it reinforces that Tom is fully on board, and it suggests to rank-and-file members that the famous members are behind Scientology leader (David) Miscavige and they should be too."
He continued: "Now that she's trained as an auditor, she'll be able to do the questioning involved in auditing, which means, she'll be helping others plumb the depths of their pasts to discover the secrets that are holding them back."
Even though Isabella is very close to her father, her relationship with Kidman is said to be quite strained because her dedication to Scientology reportedly drove a wedge between them.
Kidman spoke about her relationship with her children to Who in 2018, saying: "They are able to make their own decisions. They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it’s my job to love them. And I am an example of that tolerance and that’s what I believe – that no matter what your child does, the child has love and the child has to know there is available love and I’m open here."
The Australian actress added: "I think that’s so important because if that is taken away from a child, to sever that in any child, in any relationship, in any family – I believe it’s wrong. So that’s our job as a parent, to always offer unconditional love."