- Last Updated: 8:07 AM, July 5, 2012
- Posted: 1:28 AM, July 5, 2012
You go, Katie — a Stepford Wife no more.
Katie Holmes’ nickname among friends was “Dead Eye’’ — an unflattering euphemism for the blank stare that’s glazed the starlet’s face since she was embedded as wife No. 3 to No. 1 Scientologist Tom Cruise.
At the same time, Tom and Katie’s 6-year-old daughter, Suri, was growing into a shopaholic beast.
Suri was so spoiled by parents who didn’t know the meaning of “No,’’ the child was frequently photographed carried by her mom whenever she threw a fit, which was often. At age 4, she had her own iPad, though she was not yet literate.
At 5, Suri still sucked on a pacifier. And by 3, she’d grown so fixated on arch-crunching high heels by Marc Jacobs, which she even wore to the beach, the value of the child’s shoe collection reached an unseemly $150,000. To dry her tears, Katie ordered Suri a custom-made pair of tot-sized Christian Louboutins.
She was never seen with friends her age.
It could have gone on this way until Suri filed for Social Security benefits. But Katie, 33, risked her cushy lifestyle, and possibly her safety, to launch an exit strategy from her loopy marriage to a religious fanatic — some critics say cult worshipper — who just turned 50. She did it for the oldest of reasons:
Katie was hellbent on protecting her kid.
In Hollywood, divorces are more common than sex-change operations. But as Andrew Morton reported in his excellent book “Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography,’’ Katie won an “audition’’ for the role of Tom’s third wife. But recently, she feared Tom was angling to bury Suri to the neck in Scientology, the faith invented by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
Now, Katie has done more than rescue her flesh and blood from the clutches of a disturbed dad, and from a church she has grown to despise. She has revealed to the world the dark and icky side of Scientology, a faith that could thrive only in Hollywood.
She waited until Tom was filming a movie in remote Iceland before filing for divorce in Manhattan. It’s a no-nonsense place where she has a shot at keeping her daughter from Tom, a guy who had the gall to publicly ridicule Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants for the baby blues.
I never thought she had it in her.
When Hubbard died in 1986, the church of Scientology announced that he had discarded his physical body and was “on a planet a galaxy away.’’ In life, Hubbard taught that Xenu, the ruler of the Galactic Confederacy, brought billions of frozen people to Earth 75 million years ago, stacked them around volcanoes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs. A human is an immortal spiritual being — a thetan — trapped on the planet in a “meat body.’’ Some of this knowledge is divulged only to high-level Scientologists.