Tom Cruise is widely known as the Golden Boy of Scientology, but now there's further proof that the "Mission Impossible" actor's ties to the church of Xenu go impossibly deep.
In an exclusive interview with Britain's Daily Mail, former Australian rugby league player Joe Reaiche opens up about his experience with the church of Scientology and why he left it in 2005 after being a member for 27 years. Among other things, he mentions the church's shining star, Cruise.
"Tom and David [Miscavige] are like twins -- they're like two peas in a pod," Reaiche tells the Mail of the actor and the leader of Scientology. "I think Tom he has turned a blind eye to issues with his church [sic]. And they have been very careful not to show him the dark side."
Says Reaiche, "I call Tom the Prince of Darkness -- he's got a warped view of Scientology."
Exactly one year ago this month, former Scientology member John Brousseau -- who was part of the church of Xenu for 32 years -- told the Village Voice similar things, albeit with a twist. "It isn't the same both ways. Miscavige would throw Tom Cruise under a bus in a minute," Brousseau said. "But Tom thinks Miscavige is the greatest person in the world. He worships him like a god. Miscavige would pretend that Tom was his best friend, but you could see it was horsesh*t. Tom couldn't see it."
Just last week, the controversial church made headlines for losing one of its high-profile celebrity members, "King of Queens" actress Leah Remini. According to various reports, Remini quit Scientology after she allegedly questioned Miscavige, the church's practices and the disappearance of Miscavige's wife, Shelly, who's not been seen in public since 2006.
In February, Miscavige's niece, Jenna Miscavige Hill, published a tell-all memoir about the church she so ferociously critiques and with which she broke ties in 2005. Titled "Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape," the book reveals that members of Scientology's core group Sea Org are increasingly discouraged from spending time with, or even having, families.
This might account for Reaiche's main complaint regarding the church in his Daily Mail interview: According to him, he's not seen or spoken to his children since he left the Church of Scientology. His only source of information on them is social media, he says, adding: "No religion has the right to ruin you and split up your family."