We are happy to report that love springs eternal for Tom Cruise’s daughter Isabella, who has been reunited with her boyfriend Eddie Frencher.
In August, we broke the news that Eddie had joined Scientology’s elite clerical order, the “Sea Organization,” which requires its members to sign billion-year contracts. Apparently, that turned out to be a billion years too many for Frencher, and both lovebirds appear very happy about it.
It was about a year ago when the tabloids excitedly first reported that Isabella was dating Frencher, a Los Angeles musician who grew up in Scientology. Later in the year, the couple moved into an apartment with another young Scientology member, Sarah Waterkamp, in downtown LA. But Isabella and Eddie moved out when Sarah’s father, Gerhard Waterkamp, left the church and asked for a refund (a big no-no in Scientology).
Shortly after that, in August, Frencher joined the strict Sea Org. As a result, former Scientology officials told us, Isabella would either have to join the Sea Org herself or their relationship would be over.
For children who grow up in Scientology, as both Eddie and Isabella did, the pressure to join the Sea Org begins at a very young age. Church members are taught that no one has more dedication or deserves more respect than Sea Org officers, who work incredible hours for almost no pay and live under spartan conditions with almost no privacy. Scientologists believe that they are immortal spiritual beings who reincarnate, and Sea Org workers believe that they will come back, lifetime after lifetime, to fulfill their billion-year commitments. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard created the Sea Organization in the late 1960s in order to staff his small armada of ships that sailed the Mediterranean and Atlantic. He ran the organization from his flagship, the Apollo, and his Sea Org was a sort of private navy, complete with quasi-naval uniforms. The Sea Org has been on dry land since 1975, but the uniforms and naval ranks remain.
Our sources told us that Isabella soon missed Eddie so much, she was seriously considering joining the Sea Org so she could be with him, but then changed her mind.
Tom Cruise subsequently put out a statement through an attorney, saying that Isabella was in London where Cruise was preparing to shoot a movie, and that she had no plans to join the Sea Org. Here’s what that story looked like at the Us magazine website:
Now we’ve been told that Eddie has spurned the Sea Org and the couple is back together and are posting photos of themselves on lightly disguised Facebook pages.
Here’s how we learned this news. One of our informants sent a message to a member of Eddie’s family, asking if it were true that Eddie had joined a religious order, and when he might be performing with his band again.
The family member replied that Eddie had left the religious order, and that he and Isabella are still engaged to be married. The family member then encouraged our informant to contact Eddie through his private Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/tele.vox.9 (We have copies of this correspondence, but for now we’re not naming the two people who participated in it.)
That link took us to the page of “D’edwart Frencher“…
On Friday, “D’edwart” put on his page a gritty cover illustration of four faces, and his friend “Bella Mae” commented, “DOPE ASS.”
Here’s what Bella Mae‘s Facebook page looks like…
Yesterday afternoon, Bella Mae posted the black and white photo at the top of this story
One of Bella Mae’s friends, Emily Shaw Baker, commented, “Yuh guys are too cute !! So theta !”
“Theta” is what Scientologists consider life force. Calling the couple “theta” is a way of saying that they’re “uptone,” or beaming. (Baker’s Facebook page says she worked at Scientology’s flagship drug rehab center in Oklahoma — known as Narconon Arrowhead — from 2001 to 2007.)
Earlier, on December 15, Bella Mae posted this adorable shot of the young pair…
That same photo was posted by D’edward Frencher on January 13. It was the first update to his page since May of 2012.
We sent a message yesterday to Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw, asking for a comment about Frencher leaving the Sea Org, and we’ll let you know if we hear anything from her.
In the meantime, we’re just happy to see that love seems to have conquered the Commodore’s fake navy.
Posted by Tony Ortega on January 21, 2013 at 07:00