Friends until the top! Rosie O’Donnell’s crush on Tom Cruise was a frequent dialog subject on her discuss present, and all these years later, they’re nonetheless friends.
“He is the only person who never misses my birthday,” the comic, 59, stated throughout the Thursday, June 24, episode of “The Jess Cagle Show” on SiriusXM. “In knowing him for 25 years now, he has never missed my birthday or an event in my life.”
During The Rosie O’Donnell Show, which aired from 1996 to 2002, the Top Gun star, 58, made a number of appearances, all the time indulging within the host’s jokes about her emotions for him. He even filmed a section for the present’s remaining episode, wherein he pretended to mow O’Donnell’s garden. “Rosie, I cut your grass, and here is your lemonade,” he stated within the clip.
Despite Cruise’s worldwide fame and busy schedule, the View alum believes he nonetheless takes the time to ship her birthday shoutouts. “Every year, I think what a classy guy he is that he never has forgotten my birthday,” she continued. “A lot of people say to me, ‘It’s just his secretary,’ but I don’t believe that. I think he knows in early March, ‘Oh, it’s Rosie’s birthday coming up.’ And he sends me something every single year for 25 years.”
The Celebrity Detox creator added that she doesn’t know him nicely sufficient to ask him about his relationship to Scientology, however stated his persona hasn’t modified whilst his fame and fortune have grown.
“I don’t have his home phone number,” she defined. “Like, I know people think in Hollywood and celebrity, everybody knows each other, but I know him in the way that I did in that time 25 years ago. … I love Tom Cruise and I will always love Tom Cruise. I do not understand, you know, the Scientology religion. I think it’s a cult and it’s scary. And I think Leah Remini is a hero for doing what she’s done.”
An ex-Scientology member herself, the previous King of Queens star, 51, has been outspoken concerning the faith since her extremely publicized exit from the church in 2013. In 2015, she revealed a memoir known as Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, and from 2016 to 2019, she hosted an A&E docuseries titled Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
“Tom has for years manipulated his image to be the good guy,” the actress informed Us Weekly of Cruise in July 2020. “Although I believe there was a time when Tom was a decent and kindhearted person, he has morphed himself into [Scientology leader] David Miscavige and is completely dedicated to Scientology’s mission to ‘clear’ planet Earth — which means making 80 percent of the world’s population into Scientologists.”
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