Is Tom Cruise gay? Here's why people question his sexuality

Is Tom Cruise gay? Here's why people question his sexuality

Being an A-list celebrity in the American entertainment industry is not for the faint-hearted because of the several unfounded rumours that have spread about them. Tom Cruise is not new to this dynamic and has found a way to make questions revolving around his sexuality improve his media presence. But then, is Tom Cruise gay despite the people he dated?

Tom Cruise at the Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One premiere
Tom Cruise at the Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One premiere at Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center. Photo: Mike Coppola/WireImage, Aaron Davidson (modified by author)
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Tom Cruise is one of the most prominent American actors. His stunts in Mission the Impossible franchise have cemented his legacy in action thrillers. He has been described as having a warm personality, but this has not stopped Tom Cruise's scandal from seeping into mainstream media.

Profile summary

Full nameThomas Cruise Mapother IV
Date of birth3 July 1962
Age61 years old (as of June 2024)
Zodiac signCancer
Place of birthSyracuse, New York, United States of America
Current residenceUnited States of America
Height5'7" (170 cm)
Weight150 lbs (68 kg)
Body measurements in inches44-32-16
Shoe size11 (US)
Hair colourDark brown
Eye colourGreen
MotherMary Lee (née Pfeiffer)
FatherThomas Cruise Mapother III
SiblingsLee Ann Mapother DeVette, Marian Mapother Henry, Cass Mapother
Marital statusDivorced
Ex-wivesMimi Rogers ​(1987-1990)​Nicole Kidman (​1990-2001)Katie Holmes (2006-2012)​
SchoolRobert Hopkins Public School, Henry Munro Middle School, St. Francis Seminary from Glen Ridge High School
ProfessionActor, producer
Net worth$600 million
Social mediaX (Twitter) Instagram

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Is Tom Cruise gay?

Tom Cruise's gay rumours are untrue, or at least some of his friends have insisted that he is not. He has only been romantically involved with women in public and has several celebrities on the list of former lovers. Some of them include the following:

Melissa Gilbert

Cruise's early beginnings in Hollywood saw him get romantically involved with Melissa Gilbert. Still, their youthful fling was casual.

Heather Locklear

Heather on The Kelly Clarkson Show
Heather on The Kelly Clarkson Show. Photo: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank
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The duo met in the '80s after becoming acquainted at an audition. Locklear insisted she only tried to help Tom but soon got hooked on his dance moves.

Rebecca De Mornay

Cruise found love right on screen and took the chemistry outside of it. The relationship was short-lived because it was long-distance, and Tom needed to be committed to his career.


Cher revealed she had a fling with Cruise in the 80s when the latter found his foot in the industry. The relationship remained private and ended before anyone could spread rumours about them.

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Mimi Rogers

Mimi Rogers at the 47th annual Gracie Awards Gala
Mimi Rogers at the 47th annual Gracie Awards Gala at Beverly Wilshire. Photo: Rodin Eckenroth
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Mimi Rogers and Tom Cruise's relationship was exciting but short. She was introduced to her husband's Scientology religion, but they separated after three years, primarily because of differences in personal and spiritual goals.

Nicole Kidman

Cruise's second marriage was with Nicole Kidman, and it was one of his most public relationships. They are often featured in the same movies and adopted children, but this shared passion cannot stop them from settling their marital misgivings. They divorced after about a decade of being together.

Penélope Cruz

Cruise started dating Penélope Cruz after divorcing Kidman, and it went on for three years. There were rumours that Tom's involvement with Scientology played a role in their breakup, but Cruz denied this.

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes at an American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala
Katie Holmes at an American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala at Cipriani in New York City. Photo: Jamie McCarthy
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She became Tom Cruise's wife in 2006, and the union marked the birth of his only biological child and daughter. Their romance lasted about six years, and as in most cases, their religious differences were said to have contributed to the divorce.

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In addition to the romance mentioned above, he was rumoured to have had other love interests, including Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Nazanin Boniadi, Cameron Diaz, Laura Prepon, and Vanessa Kirby.

Why do people think Tom Cruise is gay?

There are several theories as to why some people are still assuming the actor's sexual orientation, but the majority of them are shrouded in media hogwash. For this set of rumourmongers, Tom Cruise's children are not enough reason to show that he is not gay.

Rumours regarding Tom's sexuality

One of the earliest rumours about his sexuality appeared during his matrimony to actress Mimi Rogers. She allegedly claimed that her ex-husband was contemplating becoming a monk and practised celibacy throughout their marriage of three years.

Another rumour about his bisexual allegation emerged with his connection with the Church of Scientology. This religion was speculated to offer help to anyone who wanted to deal with homosexuality. Although there was no substantial evidence to these claims, it was enough to propel Cruise to start denying any suggested strangeness with his sexual orientation.

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Tom Cruise at the Australian premiere of Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One
Tom Cruise at the Australian Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One premiere in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Don Arnold/WireImage
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One of the most intriguing of the rumours was started by gay actor Chad Slater, who alleged that he was in a romantic affair with Cruise at some point. He further claimed that their romance was so hot it led to Tom's divorce from his first wife, Nicole Kidman.

During an interview, Cruise expressed his confusion over the persistent rumours, saying the following:

I don't know why they say it… I've heard everything from I've cheated on my wife to my wife was there on the set of The Firm because she was pissed off about my love scene on the beach. It's not true, but people are going to say what they want to say.

Frequently asked questions

Several interesting questions have been asked about one of the shortest actors in Hollywood, Tom Cruise.

  • Is Tom Cruise bisexual? The actor has reiterated he is heterosexual every chance he gets.
  • Is Tom Cruise a good guy in real life? People who know him, including his ex-wives and girlfriends, have only good things to say about him.
  • Is Tom Cruise married? He is currently single but has been married thrice.

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Is Tom Cruise gay? Considering his dating history, the allegations are merely rumours. Though he is single at the moment, there is no proof to back up the allegations revolving around his sexuality.

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Usher was one of the most sexually attractive men in the world in 2010, according to Glamour Magazine. As a result, he has dated high-profile ladies in the entertainment industry. Still, questions like, "Is Usher gay?" have lingered in some fans' minds.

Source: Briefly News

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