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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.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise Picture

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.

Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise

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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Katie Holmes surprised many of us by filing for divorce from Tom Cruise, but the apparent reason behind her decision would likely be anyone's first guess.

Scientology.

Sources say the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce is happening for precisely that reason, specifically her concern that Suri will be introduced to it.

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Their daughter is now six, the age where Scientology will begin to be a major part of her life, and Katie fears Suri will be dragged in too deep.

Holmes has never fully committed to Scientology, TMZ reports, despite her ties with the church and more than five years of marriage to Tom.

Many observers felt their marriage would never work for this reason; Katie respected Tom's beliefs, but raising their child his way a different story.

As she's grown, the couple had been arguing over Suri with greater frequency, and Katie eventually filed for divorce to protect the little girl.

A key detail in the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce filing was the location in which it was filed: The 33-year-old actress made if official in New York.

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Now that's a celebrity breakup we did not see coming today. After more than five years of marriage, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting a divorce.

While many of us were skeptical when they first got together and Tom was proclaiming his love for her on Oprah's couch, the divorce still comes out of left field.

"This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family," says Holmes' attorney Jonathan Wolfe, confirming the TomKat split Friday.

"Katie's primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter's best interest."

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After a relatively brief courtship, the Rock of Ages star, 49, married the former Dawson's Creek star Holmes, 33, in an Italian castle in 2006.

They have one daughter, six-year-old Suri.

No reason was given for the impending Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce, but the couple has not been seen in public together since February (below).

This was Holmes' first marriage and the third for Cruise, who previously was married to Nicole Kidman, with whom he has two adopted children, and Mimi Rogers.

It is unclear if divorce papers have formally been filed, but Tom and Katie are believed to have a prenuptial agreement, and are worth at least $275 million.

Obviously, Tom's earnings comprise the bulk of that, but Kate will no doubt receive a significant settlement. Here's wishing both the best in this tough time.

UPDATE, 2:11 EDT: Katie filed for divorce in New York on June 28, citing the catch-all "irreconcilable differences." She makes no mention of the prenup.

She is asking for sole legal custody and "primary residential custody" of Suri and for a "suitable amount" of child support, plus a division of property.

According to TMZ, Tom "did not see this coming" and there is some "nastiness" going on here, as evidenced by Katie's move to get sole legal custody.

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Welcome back to the first annual Tournament of THG: Couples Edition, where fans vote on the most popular celebrity couple in the entire universe!

The concept is simple: Pick your favorite of the two pairs in each poll. Done. YOUR VOTES will determine the winners of this tournament showdown.

Tournament of THG Couples Bracket

So far in round one, Robsten is cruising, while Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds both hold narrow advantages.

Today's battle: The President and the First Lady of the United States against TomKat! An unconventional matchup, we know. But a good one!

Cast your VOTE BELOW for your favorite couple of the two:

And the Winner is?

    Who's your favorite celeb pair, TomKat or the Obamas? Cast your vote now in this first round matchup and help us crown THG's Top Celebrity Couple! View Poll »

    Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

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    Katie Holmes poses provocatively in a new campaign for H. Stern.

    What kind of clothes to does the line sell? We wouldn't know based on the first of two images below. The wife of Tom Cruise is not exactly wearing any.

    The second one gives you a better idea, fortunately (or not):

    • Katie Holmes Topless
    • Katie Holmes Lingerie Pic

    The 33-year-old actress will be featured in the line’s campaign when it launches in the U.S. this fall. She is already repping the brand in ads in Israel.

    Katie’s hubby, Mission: Impossible 4 star Cruise, recently told People magazine that he falls a little bit more in love with his wife every day.

    “It’s been quite an amazing five years because of her,” he shared.

    With ads like this, we can see why.

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    Katie Holmes turns 33 today.

    It's difficult to believe the mother of Suri Cruise and the husband of Tom Cruise has been around as long as she has, but it's true. She looks great for 33!

    Since marrying one of the planet's biggest movie stars, Kate's ironically kept a much lower profile, focusing on motherhood and family. Good for her.

    Fortunately for us, she does still act now and then, and still makes the occasional public appearance, such as her recent visit to the Late Show (below):

    Katie Holmes Image

    So happy birthday, girl! You warmed our heart on Dawson's Creek, and we hope to see much more of you going forward, as a person and an actress.

    Check out some of our favorite Katie Holmes pics in honor of her big day:

    • Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes Image
    • Hot Katie Holmes Picture
    • Katie Phones It In
    • Tom and Kat
    • Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Photo
    • Tom, Kat
    • A Pretty Katie Holmes Pic
    • Trying to Seduce
    • No Longer Joey