Scientology Wife Scandal: Nazanin Boniadi Suffered a Breakdown After Tom Cruise Left Her

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Sep. 5 2012, Published 3:58 p.m. ET

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As previously reported, the Church of Scientology allegedly conducted a top-secret project that involved finding a girlfriend (and potential wife) for Tom Cruise — and Nazanin Boniadi,  an Iranian-born, London-raised actress and Scientologist, was chosen to date the actor from November 2004 until January 2005.

According to the October issue of Vanity Fair, Nazanin was handpicked to possibly be the next Mrs. Cruise, but things went wrong rather quickly with their relationship and as a result, she was punished by the church — and left devastated by the breakup.

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Now the severity of the backlash over Tom not wanting to be with her is being revealed, and reports, "Naz had a breakdown after her breakup with Tom Cruise, partly because of the punishment she endured. She was forced to clean toilets with a toothbrush at the Church of Scientology headquarters in Florida, amongst other chores. Naz worked 10-15 hours a day and was told she was being punished for talking about her relationship with Cruise."

In addition, the source says, "She fell very hard and very fast for Tom, but he just grew bored with her and moved on. However, Naz wasn't able to do that, and when she was finally released from her punishment at the Church of Scientology she didn't know what to do and she was just absolutely lost. Naz had a total and complete breakdown. Naz's mother, who was also a member of the church at the time, recognized her daughter was in trouble and needed to get immediate mental health attention. Her mom truly saved her daughter's life." 

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Tom allegedly didn't think Naz was cut out for being his wife. “I get more love from an extra than I get from you,” he reportedly complained.

Their courtship only lasted three months, and VF says that Tom did not end the relationship with Naz in person. Instead, a member of the Church broke the news to her .

Naz was told Tom "wants someone with her own power — like ex-wife Nicole Kidman.” When Nazanin asked why he would not break up with her himself, she was told he was not to be disturbed. A Scientology official allegedly told her, by way of explanation, “Naz, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”

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Director Paul Haggis, who is a former Scientologist, has known Nazanin for three years and wrote an email to defending his friend.

"Naz was embarrassed by her unwitting involvement in this incident and never wanted it to come out, so I kept silent. I was deeply disturbed by how the highest ranking members of a church could so easily justify using one of their members; how they so callously punished her and then so effectively silenced her when it was done.

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"I’ve met quite a number of people who have been treated shamefully but are afraid to speak out...Most of the others are just ordinary people...They live in fear of retribution, legal, financial or personal...They fear an incredibly wealthy organization that boasts that it seeks truth, empowers people, brings families together, encourages independent thought and free speech, and champions human rights.  I would like to say that i don’t know how its members, many of them good and intelligent people, can remain so purposely blind when they are faced with evidence like this every day, but then I am no one to talk. I was happily blind for many years, so I know the shame that Naz feels."


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