Actor was told he had dyslexia as a child

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Tom Cruise credits Scientology with helping him overcome his illiteracy.

Tom, 46, struggled with reading and writing tasks when he was growing up.

But he says the religion’s teachings allowed him to tackle the problem later in life.

‘When I was seven I was labelled as dyslexic, and I took it as an affront to my dignity,’ he tells Spain’s XL Semanal magazine. ‘I asked myself if I was normal or an idiot.

‘I would try to concentrate but I felt anxiety, frustration, boredom. When I graduated from high school in 1980 I was functionally illiterate.

‘Nobody gave me a solution and I wanted to know why the system had failed. Finally, as an adult I learned to read perfectly through the method of [Scientology’s late founder] L Ron Hubbard.’

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