Tom Cruise has said God has a “funny way of seeing the world”, but has defended the decision to wear a hijab during a concert in the United Arab Emirates.
Speaking in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor said God’s “explanation” for the decision was “to let us see that there are two sides of humanity”.
“We’ve got to respect that, and I can understand that, because it’s a very, very interesting thing,” Cruise said.
“God is really a good person, and he sees that.”
He continued: “But at the same time, I understand that he doesn’t always like to see things as they are.
And I understand the need for that.””
I think there are a lot of people who look at us and say, ‘I can’t believe that you can go to a place where it’s OK to wear this.'”
But we’re the ones who are saying, ‘God, I love you.
I want to see you happy.’
“The reason that God chose to allow us to go to that place was to let us have a little bit of a break from that, I think.”
The singer, who recently announced he would not return to the UAE in 2017 due to health reasons, has been praised for his decision.
“He did something very profound,” said actor Sam Rockwell, who has worked with Cruise on films including the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
“It is, I would say, the greatest honor of my life to have had the opportunity to work with him.”
Read the full interview here.