In a relatively rare promotional email sent to Scientologists in London, England, 26-year-old Bella said that she’s now qualified to be an auditor, a person within Scientology who quizzes and “audits” other Scientologists about their secrets and other personal details. This is a doubly remarkable admission because Cruise’s adopted children normally keep a low media profile.
(Cruise’s son, Connor, 24, is also affiliated with Scientology, but he has never stated or confirmed that he is a practicing member. His adoptive and reportedly estranged mother, Nicole Kidman, confirmed to USA Today that he is a Scientologist.)
Longtime Scientology whistleblower Tony Ortega shared Bella’s email online Sunday to his blog. Bella has started up a career in fashion — her line is called BKC, for Bella Kidman Cruise — and she currently resides full time in England.
In the email, Bella encourages other London-based Scientologists to undergo the same training she did. She said prior to the training, she was “drowning in problems,” and while the training is “hard work,” it’s a “gift to yourself” to complete it. (The full copy of her email is below.)
“It’s a few meltdowns and running to the bathroom to have a mini episode, but it is worth everything because you will get through,” she wrote. “This is a gift to yourself and so many others. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t going to be an auditor or aren’t going to join staff. If you are going to make it as a being for the long run you NEED this. That’s the truth… so stop messing around and get going.”
Ortega believes that Scientology’s use of Bella as a promoter is a “huge coup.”
“That resentment definitely lingered. But your average Scientologist is super proud that Cruise is a member and very happy that his kids Isabella and Connor are too,” he continued. “I think this is a huge coup to get Isabella to do a promo like this. This not only shows that she’s dedicated to the church, it reinforces that Tom is fully on board, and it suggests to rank-and-file members that the famous members are behind Scientology leader Miscavige and they should be too.”
Bella and Connor were adopted by Cruise and Kidman in 1992. The couple split in 2000 and agreed to split custody, but Kidman moved to Australia and the children continued to reside with Cruise. As a result, the children were raised in Scientology.
Here is the complete text of Bella’s email:
Bella does not mention Kidman anywhere in the email. Scientology has not commented publicly regarding Bella or this promotional email, despite multiple requests from news outlets.