Hollywood history is filled with whirlwind romances that were followed by abrupt, mysterious breakups.
But you'd be hard-pressed to find a situation more bizarre or enigmatic than the divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
After winning the hearts of millions during their honeymoon period, Holmes and Cruise called it quits after just six years of marriage.
And despite the fact that they seem to have had virtually no contact with one another in the years since their 2012 divorce, the contentious nature of their split continues to make both actors tabloid staples.
Sources close to the situation say Cruise has not seen daughter Suri in four years.
This, despite the fact that he's been in the same city as the 12-year-old on numerous occasions.
But while he seems to have little interest in being a father to his daughter, Cruise continues to closely monitor the actions of both Suri and her long-suffering mother.
According to a new report from Life & Style, Holmes believes the Church of Scientology has been spying on her for years in order to ensure that she doesn't engage in any activities that might undermine the organization and its reputation.
"Tom does still have control over Katie,” a source tells the tabloid, adding that Holmes still needs to consider whether Cruise would approve before making any major decisions.
“She paid a price to escape him.”
The insider adds that Katie has no doubt she's being continuously monitored by CoS operatives:
“Katie wondered if she was even being spied on by church employees in her own home," the source claims.
While the allegations that Holmes is under surveillance remain unconfirmed, there's no question that she's been constrained by the terms of a very strict nondisclosure agreement.
"She could lose custody of Suri [Cruise]. It's quite sick, really," says former Scientologist and anti-cult activist Leah Remini.
"She’s been muzzled about saying much about Tom or Scientology as part of the agreement she signed after she filed for divorce,” the anonymous insider says of Holmes' situation.
“And those agreements don’t have an end date. It doesn’t look like there will ever be a time that his specter isn’t looming over her and Suri.”
Fortunately, Katie isn't entirely alone in her struggle against Tom and the powerful organization for whom he serves as a global spokesman:
The informant says Cruise's second wife Nicole Kidman has reached out to Holmes and offered support:
"Katie and Nicole have spoken about raising their daughters to be independent and giving them a solid education, which is the opposite of Scientology teachings," the insider claims.
"Just living their lives is their way of moving on from the Church of Scientology."
Sadly, it seems that like their mothers, Cruise's children will never be fully free of the CoS and its pernicious influence.