A former Scientologist said, "The number 33 is known as the 'Master Teacher.'"
It may or may not be a coincidence that every single one of Tom Cruise’s wives was the same age when he ended his marriage with them. The year that each of them turned 33 was the year Tom Cruise separated from them.
Cruise's controversial connection with the Church of Scientology is well-known and some suggest that this might have something to do with 33 being the unlucky number for anybody who takes the actor as their husband.
According to New York Daily News, 33 is a significant number is Scientology and is known as the "Master Teacher" and it symbolizes altruism.
Speaking with HuffPost, a former Scientologist said, "The number 33 is known as the 'Master Teacher.' It represents altruism and increasing your positive energy. It’s associated with healing powers through love."
His first wife, actress Mimi Rogers was 31 years old when she married Cruise in 1987. Tom Cruise was 24 at the time when he tied the knot with Rogers, who is the ex-wife of Scientologist Jim Rogers. It is believed that Rogers, who was six years senior to the Top Gun star, was the only who helped pique Cruise's interest in Scientology, according to E!
"She took him under her wing," Wensley Clarkson, the author of Tom Cruise Unauthorized told Entertainment Weekly. And Rogers.
On January 16, 1990, when Rogers was 33 years old, the couple announced their divorce just a few days before her 24th birthday on the 27th of the same month.
When she spoke about her side of the story, Rogers was quoted by E! telling Playboy, "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. And he thought he had to be celibate to maintain the purity of his instrument. My instrument needed tuning."
Second in line to marry Cruise was actress, Nicole Kidman who was 23 years old when she exchanged wedding vows her co-star on the eve of Christmas in 1990. In the decade that they were married, they also adopted two children, Isabella and Connor.
In 2002, Kidman told Talk, "I'll I can say is that I hope we are together when we are 80. I can't say we will be, but I will be so devastated if we are not." Kidman got the answer to that within a few months as Cruise filed for divorce. Their representative announced their split in February, 2001 just a couple of months after they completed their 10th wedding anniversary.
The last of the three to marry Cruise was Katie Holmes and together they became parents to daughter, Suri in April 2006, before tying the knot in November, 2006.
TomKat was a tabloid-favorite couple while they were together and Cruise even told MTV News about their relationship, "...You can't think about it in terms of what people are going to do or say. It's 'I want to share my life with this woman. This woman is exceptional, she's special, she's extraordinary and I have great respect for her.' It's someone who's saying 'I've got nothing to hide, I'm happy.' I'm happy, man!"
However, in June, 2012, 33-year-old Holmes filed for divorce and within a couple of weeks, things were settled.
Around the time of their divorce, Cruise's first wife, Rogers said, "I wish them both the best. There’s not much else to say. I really do, though. I wish them the best," according to Us Weekly. Kidman, who also knew what it was like to go through a divorce with Cruise, had "offered her support and help" after Holmes approached her. "She has been a private friend not many people know about," a source said. "She told Katie her life is great now and she has no regrets."
Although Cruise's three marriages broke down when his wives were 33 years old at the time, the former Scientologist spoke to HuffPost insisting that it was a mere coincidence. "You can expect the church of Scientology to come be discussed in great detail around this split, but the age of all three wives when the marriage broke down is a coincidence," said the former Scientologist. "Marriage problems come from what Scientologists call 'withholds’ or what the rest of us call 'not communicating.' Tom's divorces have nothing to do with his wives turning 33."