to sell Sussex home.” So screamed the global media, spluttering suddenly from the post-Christmas somnolence. According to reports from America and reprinted in most of the British press and as far away as New Zealand, he was putting his house near East Grinstead on the market for £4.9m. The diminutive pocket action man had supposedly bought it with then wife Katie Holmes
. The rather characterless pad, with more gadgets than charm, is three miles from Saint Hill Manor – which just happens to be the UK headquarters for the Church of Scientology.
So not a bad story when no one is doing anything more interesting than chomping away on the post-Christmas turkey sarnies – except that, according to our spy at a leading estate agency chain, the entire story is complete balderdash: “He never even owned the house so he can hardly be selling it.”
Intriguing, this, as many locals assume the Rede Place pad IS owned by Cruise.
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