Inside Tom Cruise And Katie Holmes' Messy Split
One Of Hollywood's Most Famous Romances
Theirs was one of Hollywood’s most high-profile romances, with Cruise announcing his love for the Batman Begins actress by excitedly jumping on Oprah Winfrey’s couch. And that made the split all the more shocking.
She Filed For Divorce In 2012
On June 29, 2012, Holmes released a statement saying she was divorcing the Top Gun star after five years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. They wed on November 18, 2006 in a lavish ceremony in an Italian castle.
What The Statement Said
The statement shared to People said, “This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family.”
Her Priority Is Suri
Her attorney, Jonathan Wolfe, added, “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”
Nobody saw the divorce coming, not even Cruise.
Statement From Cruise
Back then, his rep told the outlet, “Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy.”
Fleeing California For New York
The couple had resided in California but Holmes filed for divorce in New York, reportedly to have a bigger chance at getting sole custody of their daughter, Suri. Apparently, the state doesn’t usually grant joint custody.
Beginning Anew In Manhattan
As soon as she moved to Manhattan with Suri, renting an apartment reportedly for $12,000 a month, she got to work trying to win sole custody.
Why She Wanted Sole Custody
The Dawson’s Creek alum was determined to do everything she could to free Suri from the clutches of Cruise’s religion, Scientology.
Cruise's Other Kids Were Raised In Scientology
She had seen how Cruise’s other children with Nicole Kidman had been brought up as devout Scientologists, and how they had ended up estranged from their mother as a result.
In July 2012, only 11 days after her divorce filing, it was announced that the ex-couple had reached a settlement.
She Was Given Sole Custody
Holmes was granted sole custody of Suri, who was 6 years old then, and Cruise was given visitation rights.
The Details Of The Settlement
Back then, TMZ reported the details of the settlement, which didn’t include spousal support or a lump sum payout because they had signed a prenuptial agreement that barred her from his $250 million fortune.
Holmes, however, was granted money for child support amounting to $400,000 a year – or $33,333.33 a month – until Suri turned 18.
No Boarding School For Suri
The settlement also stipulated that Cruise would be responsible for Suri’s expenses, including education, insurance, medical, dental, and others. However, the ex-couple agreed that their daughter would not be sent to a boarding school, “Scientology or otherwise.”
Zero Exposure To Scientology
There were also reports that Holmes didn’t want Suri exposed to anything that had to do with Scientology. That included going to Scientology churches or parties.
More Shocking Info
Additionally, rumor had it that Suri had to be accompanied by a nanny and bodyguards employed by Holmes whenever she was with her father, allegedly because Cruise only had Scientologists for employees. However, an insider disputed this piece of info.
Lack Of Father-Daughter Relationship
Suri is turning 17 in a few weeks, and although Cruise has not been remiss in his financial responsibilities, he’s reportedly been absent from her life in the past 10 years.
It was recently reported that the teenager has been applying to colleges, but his father is taking no part in any of it.