Ever since David Beckham befriended Tom Cruise in 2003, the actor has influenced every single life decision Becks has made.
That's the moral of the story exposed in The Beckham Experiment, a new book by Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl, who spends a whole chapter of his saga describing the soccer star's relationship with Cruise.
And it goes something like this: David and wife Victoria hired both Cruise's rep and his PR firm to speak for them (begging the question: Is Tom's current PR all that valued given his declining popularity of late?) In addition, Posh and Becks moved just five minutes away from TomKat when they made the jump to LA. Cruise even left Germany, where he was filming Valkyrie, to throw them a housewarming fête. David also adopted his physical therapist and fellow bromantic, Will Smith.
According to the New York Daily News, David and Tom talk on the phone most days, and Beckham takes Cruise's advice on "nearly everything," even influencing the footballer's decision to play for LA Galaxy. And the Beckhams' son, Cruz? Yep, also a shout-out to Tom.
It sounds like the only thing the two don't share is a love of Xenu. Beckham has said:
It's something I respect, because Tom's explained to me and Victoria what it's all about. But he's never turned around and said, 'That is what you should be doing,' because he would never do that. He and Katie have their beliefs ... but me and Victoria have also got our own.