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Katie Holmes may say her decision to divorce Tom Cruise is over Scientology, but sources close to the actor says it's not and she's motivated by something else.

What, they won't say. Yet.

A source close to Cruise tells TMZ that Holmes' camp is leaking false stories to the media claiming she's trying to save Suri from the grips of Scientology.

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But, as the well-connected Tom source put it, "She [Katie] was totally committed."

"She had a great enthusiasm for Scientology and would voluntarily and gladly participate in it, including when Tom was off shooting movies."

"This is not a fight over religion. It's being used as a way to hurt Tom."

It's possible, of course, that Katie was committed to it because it was important to Tom, but soured on it of late because of Suri, as reports claim.

Still, Cruise sources claim Suri is being used as a weapon against him and that his now-estranged wife is making it very hard for him to talk to her.

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Katie Holmes covers the new issue of Elle, and you can't help but read into some of her quotes knowing she was about to file for divorce from Tom Cruise.

Perhaps most notably: "I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin," the actress, 33, says of having progressed in her 30s. "I feel sexier."

She goes on, "I think in my twenties – it’s like you’re trying too hard to figure everything out ... I’m starting to come into my own. It’s like a new phase."

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On the subject of being Mrs. Tom Cruise, which she apparently had enough of just weeks after giving this interview, she also hints at the breakup.

"He has been Tom Cruise for 30 years," she says. "I know who I am and where I am and where I want to go, so I want to focus on that."

As for his impact on her own career: "Things are not handed to anyone. If anything, you work a little bit harder when you’re in such visible circumstances."

Who knows if it means anything, but the NY Post says Katie did not enjoy speaking about Tom, who allegedly begged for reconciliation and is very bitter at her.

“Katie didn’t speak about Tom in a lovey-dovey way at all" in the interview. "She deflected the Tom questions and brought them around to herself.”

Reading between the lines or just coincidence? You be the judge.

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Tom Cruise is reportedly bitter at soon-to-be-ex Katie Holmes for not only blindsiding him with divorce papers last week, but for using their six-year-old daughter Suri as a weapon against him in the proceedings, according to reports.

The two are no longer on speaking terms as a result.

Although Tom now has "absolutely no contact with Katie," his people are negotiating with Katie's people over when and how Tom can talk to Suri Cruise, and Holmes' people are allegedly making that difficult for him.

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The 50-year-old movie legend does speak with his daughter by phone at least once a day, TMZ sources say, but note that it hasn't been easy to get that.

When Tom does get Suri Cruise on the phone, he has not discussed the breakup of his marriage with his daughter. Nor does he know when he'll see her.

Things are "really bitter now" between Tom and Katie, people close to the situation say. He feels betrayed and thinks she is "using Suri as a weapon."

Whether she's being used as a weapon or not is subject to debate; fears over how she will be raised are legitimate, and are said to have prompted her to leave Tom.

You can bet that the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce will remain contentious if she continues to seek sole custody and limit his exposure to Suri.

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It's safe to assume Tom Cruise's 50th birthday was not what he'd hoped for.

According to Us' cover story (below), he traveled from Iceland, where he's been shooting the new film Oblivion, to the United States early July 3.

If things had gone according to plan for Cruise, he'd have celebrated hitting the half-century mark in Iceland with wife Katie Holmes by his side.

But since Katie filed for divorce out of nowhere last week, he was forced to make a last-ditch effort to save the relationship, only to be rebuffed.

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While Holmes, 33, was MIA from Rock of Ages premieres and other events, "he begged her to come to Iceland for one last try at reconciliation," the insider says.

Holmes, motivated by fears of Scientology corrupting their daughter Suri, had been secretly plotting to file for divorce and move into her own NYC apartment.

She refused to go, and the pair had a "huge fight," the source explains.

Although Cruise was aware that things were tense and severely estranged with Holmes, "he was confident he could talk her out of it and keep her with him."

Holmes seeks sole legal custody of Suri, 6, and clearly filed in N.Y. State as a means of achieving that goal, as its courts are more likely to award sole custody.

There's a prenup in place, but regarding custody, it looks like a nasty split is on the horizon. Here's hoping they can work it out quietly and under the radar.

In other Cruise news, you can see him in the new Jack Reacher trailer.

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How much will Katie Holmes get in her split from Tom Cruise?

That depends on a number of variables, but the prenup she signed in 2006 basically cuts her out of the vast majority of her fortune, according to reports.

One source calls the prenup she signed "long, tight and stacked in Tom's favor." Not that she minds. She just wants freedom for herself and her daughter.

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A source close to Cruise says reports that she will receive $3 million for every year they were married are false, and that she will receive next to nothing.

At the same time, "She's not about the money. She's not that girl. She loves to work. Money is not that important to her. She makes plenty on her own."

A major sticking point in the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce - besides custody of Suri - may be child support, which she reportedly wants from the star.

As for whether Katie will challenge the prenup, it's pretty common when a divorcing couple is in conflict, though it's unclear on what grounds she'd contest it.

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There's a potential custody fight over Suri Cruise on the horizon, but when it comes to Tom Cruise's older kids, the ties that bind seem to be tight ones.

Isabella and Connor Cruise, his two adopted children with ex Nicole Kidman, have so far remained mum on the impending Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce.

But Connor seems to be weighing in, subtly, taking to Twitter to allude to the news: "#LaFamilia Always. Friends Come And Go, But Family Is Forever."

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Connor Cruise, 17, is especially tight with his dad. These last few weeks, he was on hand as Tom received the Friar's Club's Entertainment Icon Award.

The 33-year-old Holmes, who is reportedly seeking sole custody of Suri, 6, has been close to her stepson and stepdaughter since marrying Tom.

Holmes has hunkered down in NYC following the split, amid speculation that his commitment to Scientology played a role in the relationship's demise.

Cruise, who's been on location in Iceland filming the sci-fi flick Oblivion, has just hired Dennis Wasser to represent him in the divorce battle ahead.

That's the same attorney who handled his divorce from Kidman in 2001; He and Nicole, who is re-married to Keith Urban, remain on good terms.

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Katie Holmes claims that her marriage to Tom Cruise was "irretrievably" broken at least six months ago ... something that is probably news to Tom, who was reportedly "blindsided" when she filed the paperwork in New York last week.

The Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce is shaping up to be contentious, especially since he didn't see it coming, the two were reportedly walking hand-in hand in Iceland, where he's filming his new movie, just two weeks ago.

It's unclear why she considers things effectively over by late 2011.

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All accounts to date suggest that Holmes is attempting to free her daughter from the influence she fears Tom's religion, Scientology, will have on her life.

Clearly, they see things differently. Katie claims in her divorce documents that both she and Tom have been residents of New York for "at least 2 years."

The couple does own an apartment there that is deeded in her name, but Katie has been living in a separate place in NYC in recent weeks with Suri Cruise.

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Tom Cruise is reportedly gearing up for a fight.

Having been blindsided last week by his spouse, he is ready for a custody battle over Suri Cruise and preparing to counter-file for divorce in California.

According to celebrity gossip sources, Cruise wants to ensure that Katie doesn't get sole custody of Suri, which she asked for in her New York filing.

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Cruise's camp says the divorce can only take place in New York if the marriage occurred there or the spouse has been living there continuously.

Despite the couple owning an N.Y. apartment deeded in her name, he will argue that both live in L.A. and she doesn't meet N.Y. residency requirements.

This is significant as N.Y. courts are perceived as much more likely to award sole custody in a contentious divorce than their California counterparts.

An insider added of Cruise's game plan: "There is absolutely no way that he is going to let Katie have sole custody. The lines are being drawn."

The somewhat surprising Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce came out of nowhere, allegedly prompted by her fear of Scientology groups corrupting Suri.

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The catalyst for the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce appears to have been fear of their daughter being immersed in Scientology, according to reports.

Specifically, a Scientology organization known as Sea Organization (or Sea Org), where the religion is taught to kids as young as five, was the final straw.

Kids can be sent to live there without their parents to learn the highest levels of the belief system. Tom is said to be a huge supporter; Katie not so much.

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Even before she filed for sole custody of Suri, Katie and Tom had been arguing over the little girl's indoctrination into Scientology. She's now six years old.

Sea Org has been often likened to a boot camp; ex-Scientology members have been outspoken against its military-like conditions on several occasions.

Members of Sea Org must sign "a one-billion-year pledge to symbolize their eternal commitment to the religion and it is still signed by all members today."

When Holmes and Cruise first hooked up in 2005, Jessica Feshbach, who had been with Sea Org since 1994, became her Scientology handler/chaperone.

In one of Katie's first interviews after getting together with Tom, Feshbach was described by a writer for W magazine as "cold-eyed" and "a third-wheel."

Katie, 33, reportedly felt the only way to save Suri from being shipped off to Sea Org was to file for divorce from Tom, 49, and seek sole legal custody.

The church denies, meanwhile, that the actress is being stalked by Scientology minions around NYC, a report that circulated over the weekend.

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The impending Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce apparently has the actress feeling uneasy and convinced the Church of Scientology now views her as a threat.

As such, Holmes believes the church put a team on her tail.

Katie reportedly believes that in recent weeks, as discord between herself and Tom grew and they began living apart - even while both were in New York City in mid-June - Scientology higher-ups have been following her every move.

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It's unclear if this is in fact the case, but Scientology has been linked to such activity for years, and sources say "mysterious" men have photographed Katie when she's out, with vehicles spotted near her apartment around the clock.

A white Cadillac Escalade and black Mercedes SUV have been outside her place for the past week. Again, it's unclear who, if anyone, is tailing Katie Holmes.

The actress filed for sole custody of Suri in New York last week, a move Tom allegedly had no idea was coming. His ties to Scientology are said to be a big reason.

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