Tom Cruise's two oldest kids were turned against their mother, Nicole Kidman, by the Church of Scientology, according to a hotly anticipated Vanity Fair article about to hit newsstands.
Isabella and Connor Cruise were 8 and 6 years old when their famous parents divorced in 2001 after 11 years together.
According to Us Weekly, Maureen Orth's investigative story alleges, among other things, that members of Church of Scientology turned the children against their mom, now 45, following the split.
"The central problem (in the marriage) was Nicole did not want to deal with Scientology," former high-ranking Scientologist Marty Rathbun said in the article.
After Kidman left the marriage and the Church, she was allegedly labeled a "Suppressive Person" -- a spiritually toxic person to be avoided -- and members of the Church instilled this idea into the kids, sources told Orth.
"They rejected Nicole -- they'd been instructed," says John Brousseau, who was a Scientologist for 32 years and was the bodyguard and brother-in-law to church leader David Miscavige.
Bella and Connor were home schooled, and allegedly accompanied their father, now 50, on auditing sessions, and were taught how to recognize an "S.P.," Rathbun and Brousseau both said.
"They took a course," Brousseau said. "(Bella and Connor) whispered to me, 'J.B., Nicole is an S.P.! Our mom's an S.P. -- we hate going and seeing her.'"
What does B.S.
The Church of Scientology has roundly dismissed Orth's story, which centers around actress and former church member Nazanin Boniadi, who was allegedly audited to date Cruise and then punished by the organization for her behavior during and after the relationship. "The entire story is hogwash," the Church said.
I've always been curious as to what hogwash really is. I bet it's not very pleasant.
Orth's story also claims Kidman was so ostracized within the Scientology community that Church members were urged to avoid her films.
Well, some of us do that without having to be Scientologists.
"The Scientology world hated Nicole," Brousseau, who left the Church in 2010, says. "People in Sea Org were mandated to see every freaking Tom Cruise movie that came out. But if you ever mentioned an inkling to see a movie with Nicole, oh my God, you'd hear about it."
One would think that Nicole Kidman might want to find a lawyer after she reads that story.
Cruise and third wife Katie Holmes finalized their divorce last month.