Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Divorce After 5 Years of Marriage
Another marriage has been broken in the entertainment industry. Tom Cruise and his wife Katie Holmes split up after Katie Holmes reportedly filed for divorce on Thursday, June 28, 2012. This is Cruise’s third divorce and the first for Holmes.
“This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family. Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest,” Katie Holmes’ attorney Jonathan Wolfe told People Magazine.
In response, Tom Cruise’s representative issued a statement Friday afternoon saying: “Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy.”
Reports says that Katie Holmes is the one who filed for divorce in New York, citing “irreconcilable differences.” She is asking for sole legal and primary residential custody of their 6 year-old daughter Suri.
Tom Cruise, on the other hand, is reportedly gearing up for a legal battle to fight for the custody of Suri. He is also planning to file a divorce in California claiming that his wife does not meet the state requirements of New York to file for divorce in that state.
‘(Cruise) will file a response in New York, asking that the divorce proceedings be halted in the Big Apple because California is the proper venue for the matter to proceed. Team Cruise is going to assert that Katie doesn’t meet the residency requirements to file in New York, and that both live full time in California, specifically Los Angeles. At the same time, Tom will file for divorce in California and will request joint custody of Suri. There is absolutely no way that he is going to let Katie have sole custody,” a source close to the divorce situation told RadarOnline.com.
TMZ reported that the reason for the divorce is Tom Cruise’s strong ties to Scientology. Accordingly, Katie Holmes allegedly dislikes and distrusts the religion. She is fearing that their daughter Suri would get pulled into it. Suri is reportedly attending a Scientology-influenced school in California.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes began dating in April 2005. A month later, Cruise declared his love for Holmes on The Oprah Winfrey Show who “jumped around the set, hopped onto a couch, fell to one knee and repeatedly professed his love for his new girlfriend”.
On November 18, 2006, Holmes and Cruise were married in Bracciano, Italy, in a Scientology ceremony attended by many Hollywood stars.