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Eileen Berlin, Tom Cruise’s former personal manager, became his surrogate mother and mentor when he was on the cusp of fame and she says that she knew from the start that his relationship with Katie Holmes was doomed.

Breaking her silence for the first time since she signed the actor as her client soon after his 18th birthday, Eileen Berlin said last week that she blamed Tom Cruise’s pent-up anger created by an abusive childhood for his three broken marriages.

As a child, the star, born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, suffered from dyslexia, was bullied by his peers, and beaten and then abandoned by his father.

At 15, Tom Cruise entered a seminary, intending to become a priest.

Eileen Berlin, now 77, ran a New York film and theatrical management agency with her late husband and met Tom Cruise some three years later, after he dropped his surname and made acting his calling instead.

As a child, Tom Cruise suffered from dyslexia, was bullied by his peers, and beaten and then abandoned by his father

As a child, Tom Cruise suffered from dyslexia, was bullied by his peers, and beaten and then abandoned by his father

“His mom had asked him to leave her house, I think because he had had a teenage drinking problem,” Eileen Berlin said.

“She had remarried and he harbored a lot of anger and resentment at his natural father, who had deserted him and his three sisters.

“Every time I saw him, he would be with a girl, but I never saw him with the same girl twice. It was almost like he had to prove he was wanted – or maybe he wanted to feel loved.

“I wasn’t surprised Katie broke up with him. I was just surprised it lasted as long as it did. I was surprised when he married his first wife, Mimi Rogers, and I was surprised it lasted ten years a second time, with Nicole Kidman.

“Tom was moody and would get angry in a snap of your fingers. It was like something was smoldering and it would boil up and explode.”

Carrying a guitar and a duffle bag stuffed with a few possessions, Tom Cruise moved into the manager’s Manhattan apartment for three months after he signed up with her company. In 1981, Tom Cruise signed the contract for his breakthrough action film, Taps.

Eileen Berlin arranged for him to pose for publicity portraits. In one of them, dressed in tight jeans and a tank top, he strikes a belligerent pose and flexes his muscles but in others, he smiles with innocent charm.

“By the time I met him, he had decided he could be a star,” she said.

“He wanted to be treated like a star and he acted like a star. He would walk around my house in a little G-string strap and nothing else. I had a mirrored wall and he would stand in front of it, flexing his biceps and admiring himself.

“I was a bit embarrassed but he liked to show off his body. He had a great pride in it.”

Though he could be moody, the young lodger also had a charming side. Eileen Berlin said: “He was sweet, respectful and mannerly to a fault. He always addressed me as <<ma’am>> and my husband as <<sir>>. But he was so private, he couldn’t show his true feelings. You would get so far and he would close down. I am sure his wives would have come up against that barrier.”

“He would channel his rage into his roles,” Eileen Berlin said.

“For Taps, he locked himself in the closet. He said he thought about someone raping his sister before he filmed a scene where he blasted a machine gun. Once, my husband and I took him out for lunch while they were on location and a waitress said, <<Are you one of the actors?>> Tom said to us, <<Please tell her not to ask me any questions. I’m still in character>>.”

Another time, a row broke out when Eileen Berlin gave him a surprise birthday present – an album in which she had pasted photos of him from fan magazines. Eileen Berlin said: “He screamed, <<I didn’t want to be in the teen mags>>. He threw the album hard at me and it hit me on the cheek.”

Their professional relationship ended in 1983 but they stayed in touch and during a subsequent dinner, Tom Cruise mentioned the Church of Scientology, crediting it with helping him overcome his childhood learning disorder.

Eileen Berlin says she started to receive invitations to church events.

“I think Tom was the perfect candidate for Scientology,” she said.

“He didn’t believe in therapy but he obviously needed help. He just couldn’t have a relationship and I think that was because you have to open yourself up and he’d been too hurt by his father to do that.

“The world sees this good-looking guy, worth millions. I still just see this little boy.”



It looks like Tom Cruise’s unlucky number is 33 as all three of his ex-wives called it quits when they reached that very same age.

Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes were all in their early thirties when their marriages to Tom Cruise took a turn for the worse.

Fans of Tom Cruise searched for a meaning, some postulating that the number 33 is related somehow to his religion, Scientology.

Tom Cruise married Mimi Rogers when she was 31 in May of 1987. She was 33 when they broke up in 1990.

In his second marriage to Nicole Kidman, the actors stayed together for ten years. They split in 2001, when she was 33.

His wedding with Katie Holmes was in 2006 when she was 28 and last week, when she filed for divorce, she had reached the ripe old age of 33.

It looks like Tom Cruise's unlucky number is 33 as all three of his ex-wives called it quits when they reached that very same age

It looks like Tom Cruise's unlucky number is 33 as all three of his ex-wives called it quits when they reached that very same age

In each case, divorce proceedings began when the wives were 33 and concluded when they were 34.

Perez Hilton dug deep into Scientology to find out what, if any importance there is to the number 33. Turns out, the first Church of Scientology was established in Phoenix, Arizona, which lies on the 33rd parallel.

In numerology, the number 33 is for the “master teacher” represented by the Archangel Michael. The number 33 is associated with the power of healing through love; people with the life path number 33 are totally selfless and love unconditionally.

Regardless of the positive connotations, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s divorce will not be recognized by the church of Scientology, according to church documents.

There is a belief in the church of Scientology that marital problems come from “withholds” or “overts” – undiscussed issues or problems.

Katie Holmes is believed to have blind-sided Tom Cruise by initiating divorce proceedings and seeking sole custody of their daughter Suri.

With sole custody of Suri, Katie Holmes would be able to remove her daughter from the Church of Scientology despite her husband’s enthusiasm for it.

The estranged couple has been raising Suri in accordance with the doctrine of the Church of Scientology – treating her as an adult, free to make her own decisions.

“Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children,” a spokesperson for Tom Cruise said.

Katie Holmes cited “irreconcilable differences” as the cause to the split.