Tom Cruise sends Dakota Fanning shoes every year for her birthday, but why?
We all know Tom Cruise has lost his mind. But the news that Cruise sends Dakota Fanning shoes for her birthday every year since they met really seals the deal on the idea that he’s gone completely bonkers. On Watch What Happens Live, Fanning told Andy Cohen that Cruise has thought he and Fanning were BFFs since they starred together in War of the Worlds in 2005. Since then, Fanning told Cohen that Cruise sends her shoes every year for her birthday. Every. Year.
“I always think, ‘Oh, when I’m 18, he’ll probably stop. Oh, 21, he’ll stop. But every year. It’s really kind.” It started when she was 11 years old. She is now 22. She didn’t say what kind, but added that they are always “beautiful” (and probably expensive).
But why he does it, no one knows. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that way back in 2005, he added Fanning’s day of birth (Feb. 23, by the way) to his calendar and since then, no assistant has gone through and cleaned up the calendar. Or his assistants switch out so much with no communication that every winter, a pair of shoes gets ordered and sent. Fanning didn’t mention if the shoes fit, and if they do, it totally messes up my Sherlock Holmes-like theory. She also said that they haven’t spoken in “a while.”
Then again, who sends a pair of shoes to an 11-year-old girl in the first place? It’s a strange gift to give a young girl. There’s something very old fashioned and a tad pervy about giving a woman clothes or shoes (jewels and handbags are always welcome), in my honest, not very important opinion. It’s weird to think of Cruise thinking about Fannings feet. That’s all. Maybe it’s a Scientology thing. Remember, Cruise was crazy way, way, way before he jumped up and down on Oprah’s couch like a looney tune in an expression of his love for his then-bae, Katie Holmes. He’s been in the Church of Scientology since he was 23 years old, when he was introduced to it by Mimi Rogers.
According to Lawrence Wright, who wrote Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & The Prison of Belief, Cruise thinks he is number three in command in the hierarchy of the Church behind the founder, the late L. Ron Hubbard, and David Miscavige, the Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center. The Church ultimately believes that they need to protect humanity from aliens that live in our bodies and want to destroy us.
So, Cruise is cuckoo for cocoa puffs and has been for some time. When you think about it, of course he sends Dakota Fanning beautiful shoes for her birthday. He’s probably holding out until she’s 33 years old, when he usually gets over the women in his life. So weird.