Katie Holmes Files For Divorce From Tom Cruise
From Rachel Wells, CNN
(CNN) — Seven years after famously jumping on a couch during an “Oprah” taping to declare his love, actor Tom Cruise and his wife, Katie Holmes, are calling it quits, his attorney said Friday.
Holmes, herself an actress, filed for divorce Thursday, according to Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields. The move, according to TMZ, “blindsided” Cruise.
Holmes is reportedly asking for sole legal custody and “primary residential custody” of the couple’s 6-year-old daughter, Suri, TMZ reports.
“Tom is very sad about it and is concentrating on the kids,” Fields said.
Jonathan Wolfe, an attorney for Holmes, called the issue “a personal and private matter for Katie and her family.”
“Katie’s primary concern remains, as it has always been, her daughter’s best interest,” Wolfe said in a statement.
The couple wed in Italy in November 2006, seven months to the day after their daughter Suri was born. Pictures of the family have often appeared in tabloid magazines in the years since, though the couple have steered clear of controversy and frequently appeared together at events.
Just last May, in fact, Cruise, 49, told Playboy magazine that he loved Holmes, 33, as much then as when they got hitched six years ago.
“She is an extraordinary person, and if you spent five minutes with her, you’d see it,” he said. “I’m just happy, and I have been since the moment I met her. What we have is very special.”
Cruise is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable stars, starring in “Taps” and “The Outsiders” before breaking out in the 1983 film “Risky Business.” He’s appeared in a host of widely seen films since, including Oscar-nominated roles in “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Magnolia” and the hit action series “Mission Impossible.”
Holmes became known to America as an actress on the teen drama TV series “Dawson’s Creek,” which aired between 1998 and 2003. She has since appeared in several productions, including the movie “Batman Begins” and TV miniseries “The Kennedys.”
The two began dating in 2005, and months into their relationship, Cruise made headlines by jumping on a couch as an open-jawed Oprah Winfrey watched because he couldn’t contain his excitement about Holmes.
Their marriage was Holmes’ first, and the third for Cruise, who’d earlier been paired with actresses Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman. He had two children from his marriage with the Academy Award-winning Kidman before their divorce in 2001.
— CNN’s Jane Caffrey contributed to this report.