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.”
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.
UPDATE, 4:00 EDT: Tom is “very sad,” according to another source.
Photos show he was seen wearing his wedding ring just two days ago while filming a new movie in Iceland; Katie also wore her ring this week in New York.
Cruise’s rep also released a brief statement saying:
“Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy to work this out.”
UPDATE, 6/30: Katie is said to have filed in New York, where the duo has an apartment deeded in her name, because that state’s courts are seen as much more likely to grant Holmes’ request for sole custody of Suri.
The breaking point in their marriage was apparently Tom’s deep ties to Scientology and Katie’s fears that Suri would be raised in the controversial church.