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Inside Tom Cruise’s 1st Marriage To Mimi Rogers

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Inside Tom Cruise’s 1st Marriage To Mimi Rogers

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Tom Cruise’s marriages to Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, and Katie Holmes are well-known. However, many people are unaware of Jack Reacher’s earlier marriage to Mimi Rogers.

Mimi and Cruise married in 1987 and were married for three years before divorcing. Mimi made a surprising disclosure about it three years later, despite the fact that they cited unsolved difficulties as the basis for their breakup.

Cruise said he met Rogers “at a dinner party about a year ago, when I was developing Top Gun,” in a 1986 Rolling Stone interview.

Cruise recalled, “I thought she was extremely bright.”

According to Rogers, the two were introduced through mutual friends. “I wasn’t seeing anybody, he wasn’t seeing anybody, and they thought, ‘These people should be going out with somebody — let’s see if they want to go out with each other.

Cruise and Rogers hit it off very instantly, regardless of how they were introduced.

Rogers and Cruise married fast, and they oddly referred to their wedding as “The Project” at the time. Despite the fact that their marriage was high-profile due to Cruise’s celebrity, they appeared to be extremely happy.

In another Rolling Stone interview, the Mission Impossible star said, “Since I’ve been with her, it’s opened me up a lot. I think it’s helped me be a better actor. We live a lot of life together. We share everything. That’s the best thing about life. Otherwise you go through it pretty sad and lonely and angry.”

Rogers cherished their time together as well. In 1988, she told the Chicago Tribune, “There’s a lot of contentment and security (in marriage). I highly recommend it.”

Various issues, including marriage, were discussed during their relationship. Cruise was introduced to Scientology by his ex-wife, who was previously married to Scientologist Jim Rogers, according to reports.

Rogers, a second-generation Scientologist, is thought to have been one of Cruise’s initial connections to the controversial religion.

“While there have been positive aspects to our marriage, there were some issues that could not be resolved even after working on them for a period of time,” the couple said in a statement that was more perplexing than illuminating when they announced their divorce (via InStyle). This appeared to be the end of the story until Rogers said in a 1993 interview with Playboy that the reason for their divorce was due to Cruise’s desire to become a monk. “Well, here’s the real story. Tom was seriously thinking of becoming a monk. At least for that period of time, it looked as though marriage wouldn’t fit into his overall spiritual need” (via E!).

Whether Cruise was really considering the prospect of becoming a monk or these two just wanted different things, the mystery will seemingly remain unsolved.

Cruise needed to stay celibate in order to retain spiritual purity, but Mimi had other ideas. But after his 1990 divorce, Cruise married Australian actress Nicole Kidman on Christmas Eve of the same year.

Cruise and Kidman were married for several years until divorcing in 2001. Cruise married Katie Holmes on November 18, 2006, after a five-year courtship, but the couple divorced in 2012.

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