• It hasn't always been easy for Tom Cruise
  • As a child he suffered from dyslexia
  • His father abandoned him and he was bullied 

As a child, Tom Cruise lived with dyslexia, which made it impossible for him to read properly.

“I'd try to concentrate on what I was reading, then I'd get to the end of the page and have very little memory of anything I'd read. I would go blank, feel anxious, nervous, bored, frustrated, dumb. I would get angry. My legs would actually hurt when I was studying. My head ached." Cruise told People Magazine.

Dyslexia, poverty, violence: Tom Cruise had a difficult childhood

Tom Cruise didn't have it easy. He grew up in poverty with an abusive father who abandoned the family when Tom was twelve. Due to frequent moving from town t town, Cruise also had a hard time at school. Today's Hollywood star was bullied above it all, because of his then crooked teeth.

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Luckily, Cruise overcame his dyslexia and he became a successful actor. As an adult, he learned to read through Study Technology. It's a learning method developed by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, reports People.

Previously, he had to cheat through school and at the beginning of his career because he wasn't able to read properly, says Cruise.

In 1986, the year Top Gun was released, he began actively learning to read, enlisting the help of various tutors to solve his dyslexia.

Did you know? Tom Cruise is not the only superstar who has had to struggle with dyslexia. Actors like Jennifer Aniston or Channing Tatum also suffered from dyslexia.