Tom Cruise, Michelle Dockery Romance In The Works For Months?

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Tom Cruise and Michelle Dockery on the cover of Star

By Andrew Shuster |

Tom Cruise and Michelle Dockery on the cover of Star


There’s no romance developing between Tom Cruise and Michelle Dockery, but one of the tabloids claims it’s been in the works for months. Nothing about the premise is true. Gossip Cop can debunk it.

Earlier this month, Cruise and Dockery sat next to each other at the British Fashion Awards in London. This prompted Star to publish a cover story about the Mission: Impossible star pursuing the Downton Abbey actress “for a few months now.” An alleged insider tells the outlet, “Tom pulled some strings to sit next to Michelle. He’s confident there’s a chance of him and Michelle making things happen.”

The supposed source goes on to say that Cruise has been looking for love since his 2012 split from Katie Holmes, and strongly believes Dockery is the one. “Tom’s close friends will tell you he’s had his heart broken when things haven’t worked out. Tom’s a lot more sensitive than people think, and he goes into each relationship with very high hopes that this will be the woman he’ll spend the rest of his life with.”

The questionable tipster further contends that Cruise typically comes on strong, but he’s taking a different approach this time around. “Tom’s not pressuring Michelle – he wants them to grow together as friends before committing to anything serious.” From there, this same “source” somehow knows Dockery’s point of view, claiming she’s been warned by friends to be wary of Cruise because of his ties to Scientology. “But you can be sure that if Michelle decides to get more involved with Tom, she’ll have properly thought it through,” adds the seemingly phony insider.

The so-called “insider” concludes, “Tom’s a huge fan of Michelle’s – he’s watched every episode of Downton Abbey. He still has a long way to go to make her his exclusive girlfriend, but that’s his number one goal.”

One major issue with the tabloid’s story is that Dockery has been dating Jasper Waller-Bridge for several months. Dockery’s boyfriend is the brother of her good friend and Fleabag star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Star does acknowledge that the actress has a boyfriend, but strongly suggests that Cruise has no problem stealing her. Considering that Dockery and her boyfriend put on a cozy display at a movie premiere last week, this doesn’t seem like much of a possibility. Regardless, it’s not a reality either.

A source close to the situation assures Gossip Cop that the tabloid’s report is pure fiction. Cruise simply sat next to Dockery at an awards show. He didn’t “pull strings” to make that happen. It’s not uncommon for various celebrities to be seated next to each other at these events. Star has created a tall tale out of a seating arrangement. We busted NW earlier this week for making up a similar story about Cruise pursuing a romance with Dockery. It wasn’t true then, but this latest article escalates things quite a bit.

This wouldn’t be the first time Star has made up a bogus story about the actor’s love life. Back in 2017, the magazine insisted Cruise was “dating in disguise.” This supposedly involved makeup artists spending five hours applying him with prosthetics before he went on dates with women who have “no idea it’s him.” The premise was ludicrous. This latest one involving Dockery is no more accurate.


O'Grady, Sean. "Michelle Dockery puts on a cosy display with Jasper Waller-Bridge as the couple lean in for a smooch after attending after-party for The Gentlemen film screening." The Daily Mail, 4 Dec. 2019.

Shuster, Andrew. "Tom Cruise Pursuing Romance With Michelle Dockery?" Gossip Cop, 9 Dec. 2019.

Shuster, Andrew. "Tom Cruise Dating In Disguise?" Gossip Cop, 20 Dec. 2017.