Tom Cruise’s ex-publicist, Pat Kinglsey, is speaking out about the role Scientology played in their parting ways.
The veteran PR pro reveals that she spoke with the Mission Impossible star about his controversial religious beliefs and the impact they were having on his career.
"I did have that conversation with Tom, about cooling it," she said, adding that she told the actor, "'Scientology is fine. You want to do a tour for Scientology? Do a tour for Scientology. But Warner Bros. is sponsoring this tour.’”
"That was for The Last Samurai [in 2003].He didn't say yes or no, except he did not discuss Scientology on that European tour," she said.
Pat reveals there had been only one "serious conflict" before with the Scientology reps, over a story that Pat was writing about her client that the reps got too involved with, but notes that "it was taken care of very early in the game."
The 81-year-old publicist worked with Tom from 1992 until 2004, when the actor famously fired her and hired his sister as her replacement. In the years that followed, the star attracted some unfavourable attention over his bizarre antics – like in 2005, when he famously jumped on Oprah’s couch.
Still, Pat says their split was amicable, calling Tom "a prince," but she also admits that the two haven’t spoken since the fallout.
"He felt, ‘Look, it's been 14 years. I think it's time I tried something different.' And I certainly had no quarrel with that. It was his life, his career. It was not working."