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Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise Divorce: Scientology And The Rule Of 33

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Talk about an unlucky number. Tom Cruise's three marriages -- Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes -- all ended when each lady reached 33 years old, leaving many to wonder if it's just a coincidence or if something else is going on.

“The number 33 is known as the 'Master Teacher,'" one former Scientologist tells me. “It represents altruism and increasing your positive energy. It’s associated with healing powers through love."

Cruise married Rogers in 1987, when she was 31, before they broke up in 1990. His second marriage to Kidman lasted ten years before they split in 2001, when she was 33. Finally, Cruise wed Holmes in 2006 when she was 28; she filed for divorce last week at the age of 33.

“You can expect the church of Scientology to come be discussed in great detail around this split, but the age of all three wives when the marriage broke down is a coincidence," the former Scientologist argues. "Marriage problems come from what Scientologists call 'withholds’ or what the rest of us call 'not communicating.' Tom's divorces have nothing to do with his wives turning 33. Plus, if Katie did blindside Tom with the divorce, unless she plans to continue to study [scientology], then the number 33 significance has nothing to do with the split."

Coincidence or not, the church of Scientology seems to be hot on Holmes' tail. According to a report from TMZ, a Scientology dispatch has been following Holmes around for weeks, viewing her as a "threat to the organization."

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