Pals until the top! Rosie O’Donnell’s crush on Tom Cruise was a frequent dialog matter on her discuss present, and all these years later, they’re nonetheless buddies.
“He’s the one one that by no means misses my birthday,” the comic, 59, mentioned throughout the Thursday, June 24, episode of “The Jess Cagle Present” on SiriusXM. “In understanding him for 25 years now, he has by no means missed my birthday or an occasion in my life.”
Throughout The Rosie O’Donnell Present, which aired from 1996 to 2002, the Prime 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 phase for the present’s ultimate episode, by which he pretended to mow O’Donnell’s garden. “Rosie, I reduce your grass, and right here is your lemonade,” he mentioned within the clip.
Regardless of Cruise’s worldwide fame and busy schedule, the View alum believes he nonetheless takes the time to ship her birthday shoutouts. “Yearly, I feel what a cultured man he’s that he by no means has forgotten my birthday,” she continued. “Lots of people say to me, ‘It’s simply his secretary,’ however I don’t imagine that. I feel he is aware of in early March, ‘Oh, it’s Rosie’s birthday arising.’ And he sends me one thing each single yr for 25 years.”
The Celeb Detox writer added that she doesn’t know him nicely sufficient to ask him about his relationship to Scientology, however mentioned his persona hasn’t modified whilst his fame and fortune have grown.
“I don’t have his residence cellphone quantity,” she defined. “Like, I do know individuals suppose in Hollywood and celeb, all people is aware of one another, however I do know him in the way in which that I did in that point 25 years in the past. … I really like Tom Cruise and I’ll all the time love Tom Cruise. I don’t perceive, you recognize, the Scientology faith. I feel it’s a cult and it’s scary. And I feel Leah Remini is a hero for doing what she’s executed.”
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 referred to 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 picture to be the nice man,” the actress instructed Us Weekly of Cruise in July 2020. “Though I imagine there was a time when Tom was a good and kindhearted individual, he has morphed himself into [Scientology leader] David Miscavige and is totally devoted to Scientology’s mission to ‘clear’ planet Earth — which implies making 80 p.c of the world’s inhabitants into Scientologists.”
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