1:00 PM EDT, July 3, 2012
Katie Holmes had to orchestrate an elaborate plan to break up with Tom Cruise because the powerful force of Scientology had infiltrated every aspect of her life. That's according to biographer Andrew Morton.
"This has been a great escape that Katie has pulled off," Morton told INSIDE EDITION. "The planning behind it shows you how fearful she was, but also how desperate she was to make new life for herself. To escape from this clawing, cocooning organization called Scientology. "
Morton—former royal correspondent for INSIDE EDITION—who famously wrote Diana: Her True Story in secret cooperation with the princess, is also author of Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography.
"Inside Katie's daily life, at the mansion where she lives, the housekeeper, the gardener, the bodyguards, all are cleared by Scientology, all are Scientologists. Remember, Tom's mother lives with them, as does his sisters, and they're all Scientologists. Her great fear is that Suri will be brainwashed," said Morton.
Morton says Katie, a Catholic by birth, filed for sole custody because the alternative carries too many risks.
"You think of those visits that Tom takes Suri on—the brainwashing. The evidence is in front of our eyes. The adoptive children of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, very rarely see Nicole and are both vociferous and active Scientologists."
Morton disputes reports that Cruise was taken by surprise when Holmes filed for divorce.
INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd asked, "Do you believe Tom Cruise was truly blindsided by this?"
"That's a bit of the usual rhetoric. They've been leading essentially separate lives for quite a long time. They've had separate suites in their Hollywood home for a long time," said Morton.
Now, he predicts, Cruise will move on and in very short order and probably find a new wife, the fourth Mrs. Tom Cruise.
"The one thing everyone said, when he's done with you, he's done. He moves on. In a few months I'll be sitting here talking about his new wife. Katie, hopefully will have built a new life for herself," said Morton.