Sterling, accurate, world news organizations—The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, People, E! News, ABC News and NBC Nightly News—confirm that Ms. Holmes has filed for divorce, seeking full custody of Suri.
49-year-old, Jerry Maguire icon Tom Cruise and 33-year-old, Batman Begins star Katie Holmes are hanging up their rings after just five years of marriage.
The media-darling power couple, both forces in Hollywood—three-time, Oscar nominee Cruise nearly two decades longer than the still-blooming Holmes—have been man and wife since 2006. It was an ever-publicized union which has produced one child, 6-year-old daughter Suri Cruise.
NBC Nightly News revealed last night that Holmes filed for divorce Thursday with the traditional, celebrity-cited claim of “irreconcilable differences.” She also informed her husband through her high-priced legal team that she intends to win sole custody of Suri.
In a not-so-surprisingly truculent interview, Holmes’ attorney Jonathan Wolfe pleaded for the couple’s privacy, telling People, “This is a personal and private matter,” and reminding the world, “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”
ABC News reports Wolfe’s statement contained the words, “Please allow [the couple] their privacy to work this out.” The attorney’s solemn-yet-laughable plea comes soaked with irony, however, in light of the overwhelmingly public nature of TomKat’s career field. Privacy doesn't exist in Hollywood, unless you can't get work.
The Huffington Post and TMZ suggest Holmes sought separation primarily because of Cruise’s impassioned commitment to Scientology. The acclaimed, Pieces of April actress has consistently developed concern over the years that her husband plans to immerse their daughter heavily in even the most-fundamentalist trappings of church doctrine, sources in contact with the couple told TMZ late this afternoon.
The Huffington Post reports the Cruise camp issued this simple and understandably vague statement earlier today: “Kate has filed for divorce, and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children.”
Married November 18, 2006, just six months after their first meeting through mutual friends the previous April, the star-crossed couple have had little press privacy during their sixty months together. On June 17, 2005, just two months after first dating Holmes, Cruise famously proposed to his soon-to-be ex-bride while the couple toured Paris’s historic Eiffel Tower—perhaps not-so-coincidentally, just two days—Imdb.com confirms—after the US theatrical release of Batman Begins, initial installment of Director Christopher Nolan’s ingenious trilogy based on grittier qualities of the DC Comics character. According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, the film is still the highest grossing of Holmes’ career.
Three weeks earlier, during the May 23, 2005 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, a single month after his first date with Holmes, Cruise—who ostensibly booked the appearance to plug his latest film, Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds—intimately declared true love for his then-26-year-old girlfriend, 16 years his junior, glibly confiding in entertainment mogul Winfrey and 50 million viewers worldwide, “I’m in love.” However, this Oprah show was most notable for Cruise’s now-infamous, euphorically manic, couch-jumping display of affection for the former Dawson’s Creek starlet.
Today, Tom Cruise is 49, one of the top-five, most successful film stars in Hollywood history and a veteran of three failed marriages. His vows to actress and championship poker player Mimi Rogers lasted just 36 months. Cruise married his second wife, The Hours Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman in 1990; they adopted two children and divorced after ten years of marriage. Six years later, on April 18, 2006, the Syracuse, New York-born superstar’s Toledo, Ohio-native fiancée gave birth to Cruise’s third child, Suri, the couple’s first and only.
A half-decade after TomKat’s profoundly public courtship and semi-controversial, out-of-wedlock childbirth, the Cruise-Holmes partnership is allegedly dead. All that remains is the finalization of their divorce, parting words unspoken and tensions that may soon spiral into a fierce battle for daughter Suri Cruise’s legal custody.
Reminding the world several tabloids "reported that Holmes had signed a contract, stating she would stay married for five years,” CBS News implied the couple’s split was inevitable, and months—if not years—in the making.
June 17, 2005, a few hours after Katie Holmes accepted his inspired proposal on top of the Eiffel Tower, Cruise gushed to People, “Today is a magnificent day for me. I’m engaged to a magnificent woman.”
Two months later, in the 2005 issue of W Magazine, Holmes said of her fiancé, “I’ve found the man of my dreams . . . he’s the most incredible man.”
Three weeks ago Cruise told Playboy Magazine, in an interview for its June 2012 issue, “[My wife] is an extraordinary person, and if you spent five minutes with her, you’d see it. Everything she does, she does with this beautiful creativity.”
Holmes’ career was profoundly bolstered by her marriage, during which she immediately traded teen fare like 1998’s Disturbing Behavior and 1999’s Go for complex, cutting roles in pictures like Thank you for Smoking, debuting in wide release on April 14, 2006—four days before the birth of Suri Cruise, almost exactly one year after Cruise and Holmes’ first date—and the sophisticated, little-known 2010 Indie comedy, The Extra Man, starring A Fish Called Wanda Oscar-winner Kevin Kline.
Last year, Holmes dipped an eager toe into mainstream comedy, playing opposite box-office charmer and veteran funnyman Adam Sandler in the entertaining-but-trite, Sandler vehicle Jack and Jill. The movie was an impressive, if surprise, 2011 hit, and Holmes’ earned the industry—and the public’s—blessing to opt for future comedy turns.
Cruise’s career has arguably benefited from the marriage as well, but the actor was already well established as perhaps the elite A-lister, long before he met his third wife (she was five years old in 1983, when he exploded to stardom as Joel Goodsen in the unexpected gem Risky Business).
Regardless of publicity machinations with which the couple's union may have imbued his career, since Cruise wed Holmes in 2006, he has consistently starred in mega-grossing hits like 2005’s Mission: Impossible III, 2008’s Tropic Thunder, 2010’s Knight and Day and 2011’s Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.
Conversely, his latest film, Rock of Ages, a 1980’s-style, neo-movie-musical playing now in theaters worldwide, has fallen decidedly short of studio expectations. As Box Office Mojo reports, in the nearly two weeks since its release, Rock of Ages has earned roughly $32.2 million, not an anemic run but a disappointing one, considering its promotional allocations likely equaled or topped its $75 million production budget. Compared to 2012 Hollywood super-smashes like The Avengers and The Hunger Games, Ages’ theatrical run, so far, is a bitter blow for Warner Brothers.
Holmes’ decision to file for divorce could not have come at a worse time for her husband, though Cruise's career is certainly in no danger of flagging anytime soon. Rock of Ages is on track to be the first Tom Cruise picture to lose a dollar at the box office since 1985—27 years ago—when Twentieth Century Fox ate $15 million on Ridley Scott’s Legend. Ironically, this is the same amount Extra reported Cruise will likely forfeit to Holmes when the high-profile divorce is finalized.
There's a saying in Hollywood: there are no sure bets. But for three decades, Tom Cruise has been the exceptional truth. Yet if receipts continue to languish as they have for the past 11 days, 2012 may be the aberrant year which disproves the rule-disproving exception.
According to Connecticut’s Litchfield County Times, Katie Holmes and daughter Suri are living in New York City, while Holmes works in Kent, Connecticut shooting the film adaptation of Russian dramatist Anton Chekov’s 1895 play The Seagull. She stars opposite Kiss of the Spider Woman Oscar-winner William Hurt, and Imdb reports Seagull is slated for theatrical release in fall 2013.
E! News confirms Cruise is 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from his wife and daughter on location in Reykjavik, Iceland filming comic-book adaptation Oblivion, scheduled for wide release in early 2014. UK’s Guardian as well as TMZ suggest Holmes’ divorce petition shocked her husband, who allegedly believed his marriage was thriving until Thursday evening, though several reports from ever-reliable media outlets like the multiple Emmy Award-winning CBS News wager otherwise.
Certainly, only Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes know the true character of their relationship, but the writing of each of the golden, 49-year-old movie star's wives is definitively and indelibly etched into his legacy's marble wall. Holmes’ insistence on sole custody of 6-year-old Suri lends credence to arguments that Cruise, the global phenomenon who has not failed to deliver a box-office hit in nearly three decades, has a glaring personal issue. As MSNBC and Today note, there is an eerily consistent pattern emerging from the lifespan of Tom Cruise’s marriages:
The number of Cruise marriages: 3.
The number of Cruise marriages ending in divorce: 3.
The age of all three Mrs. Cruises on the day they filed: 33.
Tom Cruise might deserve the benefit of our doubt. But Kate Holmes may deserve it more.