Thursday and Friday news reports that Cynthia Jorge, a 26-year-old restaurant manager, had the time of her life on a dancing date with Tom Cruise were published. Not content with the simple report, the media harassed Jorge into hiding. Saturday NY Daily News reported that Jorge is freaked out by the attention. Additional reports denied that there was anything more to the date than just friendship and that Tom Cruise is not dating anyone.
Even after explaining that it was just a friendly date and that Tom Cruise is just a friend, the harassed woman had to run home, to hide out with her mom in Fresh Meadows.
The story of the Queens restaurant manager had all the “Cinderella” elements necessary to capture the celebrity romance lovers hearts. Listening to how Tom Cruise saw Jorge and then responded to her passing him a business card, just hit all the right buttons for a great love story.
After dancing into the wee hours of the morning, media picked up the story and ran. Today on the Saturday before the start of a New Year, Jorge is in hiding with her mom because of the media frenzy. Sources told reporters that Cynthia’s chances to date Tom Cruise again are ruined:
“She is freaked out, just so freaked out right now. She wasn’t looking for all this attention. She’s really upset. She says she did not leak the story and she’s confused about how it came out. She thinks that [maybe] Beauty & Essex leaked it, because Tom called there three times for her and stated his name. He also had his agent call. Or she thinks that maybe it was one of her two friends that went with her to Le Baron to meet him. Either way, it’s completely ruined her chances of hearing from Tom again.”
The burning question after reading this quote is, who in their right mind would expect that no one would talk about her date after watching the high profile Tom Cruise and a gorgeous woman dance in public? That part of the quote just doesn’t make sense. The cameras seem to follow Tom Cruise everywhere and it seems prudent to mention to your date that they might have their face plastered all over the evening news.
ABC News reports that Jorge is not the only gossip target, Jennifer Akerman was also rumored to be dating Tom Cruise prior to the Jorge story. “Good Morning America” was told by Cruise representatives that Tom is not dating either woman.
“All sources are telling us that he is single. He’s continuing to prioritize his family and his work. He’s certainly been social. That’s the way he is and he likes being out and about.”
It is sad that would should be a fun date with Tom Cruise, turns into a nightmare that causes a woman to go into hiding. Rumors and gossip is one thing, harassment is another.