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Tom Cruise Banning Nicole Kidman From Their Kid’s Wedding Because Of Scientology Is Just Sad

So Scientology really sucks, hey?

When Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise split back in 2001 after 10 years of marriage, Cruise’s dedication to the controversial church of Scientology was undoubtedly a big part of the problem. And yet, Cruise retained custody of their two adopted children, who were reported at the time as being devout Scientologists who had ‘chosen’ to stay with their father. The kids, Connor and Isabella, were about 6 and 9 at the time.

Now apparently Tom Cruise has banned Nicole Kidman from their 24-year-old son’s wedding, according to reports.

“Tom is behind this and what he wants is as good as law.” A source told RadarOnline. “Tom made the call and Connor followed.”

“First, Tom would never even consider inviting Nicole to Connor’s wedding because she’s considered a ‘suppressive person’ by the church” The insider continued, “and, second, he doesn’t want her there.”

It’s the kind of insider report that’s hard to believe, except that in the context of their situation it checks out. Nicole Kidman missed their daughter Isabella’s wedding in 2015, and has been distanced from both her and Connor as they both remain devout to their father and the church of Scientology.

Kidman told Who Magazine late last year that she still offers unconditional love to those children, explaining that,

“I’m very private about all that. I have to protect all those relationships.”

“They are able to make their own decisions. They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it’s my job to love them.”

The whole situation is sad, because it is a struggle incited by what is essentially a cult religion. It’s sad that those children were introduced to Scientology so young, and it’s sad that Nicole Kidman may not be welcome at her own child’s wedding. It’s sad that Tom Cruise is so hostile in that regard towards his non-believer ex-wife, and it’s sad that he himself is so lost to the Scientology faith.

In short, Scientology is bad, and the manipulative, isolating techniques the church employs do a lot of real damage to people’s lives.

Felicity Huffman’s Arrest Over Her Kid’s College Scam Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

This movie writes itself.

Former Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and Full House actress Lori Loughlin have previously been known first and foremost for their roles in these popular television series.

But since news broke that both women have been arrested on fraud charges that allegedly link them to a college application cheating scam, this absolutely wild story outshines the TV fame for sure.

Huffman is accused of donating $15,000 (AU$21k) to a firm for the service of helping her daughter cheat on college entrance exams. Huffman’s husband, fellow-A-list-actor William H. Macy, was not charged or named in the documents, although transcripts of incriminating phone calls allegedly involve both Huffman and her “spouse.”

Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of agreeing to bribe $500,000 (AU$706k) to have their two daughters designated as recruits to USC’s crew team and therefore help get them a college spot. Except neither of them actually participated in crew. 

The long and short of it is that both women are accused of using money to get their kids un-earned spots at prestigious universities. But this is not just two celebrities allegedly being entitled brats, this is a nation-wide scam that the FBI has uncovered, featuring a lot of people being entitled brats.

Huffman and Loughlin were among 50 people indicted by federal authorities as part of the U.S.-wide scheme, according to documents unsealed on Tuesday. The paperwork suggests wealthy parents have been bribing exam administrators or athletics coaches with cash sums to help secure places for their kids at elite colleges, including Yale, Georgetown, and Stanford University, regardless of their abilities.

It was called a ‘nationwide conspiracy’ in the official press release issued by prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, which is a pretty apt name for the class system in action I guess. 

Rich parents using their richness to secure educational opportunities for their children is an extremely cliché example of how privilege and entitlement plays out behind closed doors. Handing children of wealth these opportunities is taking away those opportunities from others who have actually earned them.

When the system of scholastic opportunity is corrupt instead of equitable, it reinforces the class and privilege gap that keeps the rich rich and the poor poor. It’s a serious crime and deserves to be taken seriously.

Huffman, Loughlin and the other accused individuals allegedly scamming the university system is the kind of wild story that should make a great movie someday soon, that will hopefully shame the exploitation of privilege for opportunity. Also hopefully Laura Dern will play Felicity Huffman. We’ll be waiting.

Miley Cyrus And Liam Hemsworth Are So Cute It's Low-Key Distressing And Makes Me Want To Throw Up

This is what they mean when they say love sick.

We have all be on the journey of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s love story since they first fell for each other in 2009 on the set of The Last Song.

Over the last 10 years they’ve grown up together, through The Hunger Games, through Miley’s Bangerz phase, through break ups, reunions, highs and lows. We’ve watched their 10-year journey towards being the picture of smitten newly-weds that we see now, and we’re invested.

At least I am.

Maybe it’s because Liam Hemsworth is our Aussie golden boy, or maybe it’s because I am forever bound to Miley by my love for Hannah Montana, but this relationship brings me substantial second-hand joy.

Watching them dance barefoot by the Christmas tree at their low-key wedding is almost unbearably cute. Reading the intimate details of their relationship in Miley’s adorable birthday tribute to Liam is almost painfully lovely.

Seeing Miley step in at Liam’s premiere for his movie, Isn’t It Romantic, and reading the mutual adoration in their comments, is just so sweet I experience an extreme rush of blood to the head and a sugar high.

Their happily-ever-after vibes are intoxicating and I’m drunk in love.

The more wonderful their relationship appears, the more distress creeps into the euphoria it incites. Miley and Liam are the current ‘it’ couple, but you can’t shake that feeling of fragility, because we’ve been here before.

That’s the problem with getting invested in ‘fave’ Hollywood couples – there are no guarantees. We’re not actually a part of their relationship (even though it can feel that way), so they may make decisions or go in a direction that doesn’t fit into the fantasy we wanted.

Nothing demonstrates this bittersweet predicament better than the recent demise of two celebrity couples considered the ‘perfect’ matches: Chris Pratt and Anna Faris, and Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan.

Watching these couples not just break up, but move on, invoked widespread devastation among fans (guilty). Getting invested in the love lives of strangers is a dangerous game and sometimes you lose.

That is why the heart-warmingly lovely, happily-ever-after that is 2019 Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth also kind of makes me want to throw up. Right now they represent to me, and a lot of fans, an inspiring example of how love can work out. Their narrative is perfect for its flaws and eventual happy ending, and it’s one we’ve been invested in for 10 years.

Every time they do something cute, my stake in their happiness grows. But we all know the unpromising success rate of marriages in Hollywood, and that’s what makes it stressful. It’s a risky investment.

So let’s just pray that Miley and Liam are in it for the long haul and we don’t have to deal with the true absurdity of our investment in strangers’ relationships.

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