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Tom Cruise’s 1st Marriage To Mimi Rogers Allegedly Interfered with His Plan to Become a Monk

Busayo Ogunjimi
Sep 09, 2021
12:00 A.M.
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Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers tied the knot in 1987 and stayed married for three years before separating. While they cited unresolved issues as the reason for their split, Mimi made a shocking revelation three years later.


American actor and producer Tom Cruise's first marriage to actress Mimi Rogers made headlines while it lasted. During an interview with Rolling Stone in 1986, Cruise narrated his first encounter with his former wife.

While speaking, Cruise made it known that he first met Mimi at a dinner party in 1985 while developing "Top Gun." According to the actor, his former wife was dating a friend of his, but it didn't stop them from getting together.

A picture of Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers | Photo: Getty Images


While Cruise claimed to have met Mimi during a dinner party, the latter seemed to remember things differently. Mimi had a chat with the Sun-Sentinel in 1987 and revealed that she and her ex-husband were introduced to each other through mutual friends.

According to the actress, she was not in a relationship with anyone at the time, contrary to Cruise's revelation. Despite their contradicting stories, the pair found love.

Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers attend a London premiere that took place circa 1989 | Photo: Getty Images


During their relationship, the pair discussed various topics, including marriage. Reports also revealed that Cruise was introduced into Scientology by his ex-wife, as she was previously married to Scientologist Jim Rogers.

The duo eventually walked down the aisle on May 9, 1987, in New York. It was alleged that only two people were in attendance— Emilio Estevez, Cruise's brother and best man, and the actor's mother. Cruise and Mimi enjoyed marital bliss for three years before calling it quits in 1990.

According to Mimi, it looked like marriage was not soothing to Cruise's spiritual needs.

Actor Tom Cruise poses in the press room at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 | Photo: Getty Images


Before their separation, Cruise had spoken candidly about his relationship with Mimi. Cruise said he had never been in love, and being married to Mimi opened him up to many things. Their marriage made him a better actor, and he had nothing but love for her.

He further explained that they shared everything, and he cared about Mimi more than anything in the world. He also described Mimi as his best friend, with whom he loved spending time. Despite his claims, the marriage ended a few months later.

Actress Mimi Rogers on September 17, 2018 in West Hollywood | Photo: Getty Images


In a statement, the pair revealed that they separated based on certain unresolved issues. The public believed the revelation until Mimi opened up during a 1993 interview with Playboy, leaving everyone amazed.

While speaking to the outlet, Mimi narrated that the major reason behind her divorce from Cruise was that the latter was thinking of becoming a monk when they were married. According to Mimi, it looked like marriage was not soothing to Cruise's spiritual needs.


Cruise needed to maintain spiritual purity by being celibate, but Mimi had other plans. After his 1990 split, Cruise tied the knot with Australian actress Nicole Kidman on Christmas Eve that same year.

Cruise and Kidman's marriage lasted for some years, and the pair separated in 2001. Over five years later, Cruise married Katie Holmes on November 18, 2006, but divorced in 2012.

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise at the Fox Studios Gala opening in Sydney, Australia in 1999 | Photo: Getty Images

Following their divorce, Mimi had an interview with Us Weekly, where she revealed she had nothing much to say about the divorce. Finally, she wished the couple well in their endeavors.

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