Not since Liza and David Gest’s split have we been so shocked by the dissolution of a Hollywood
sham marriage: Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise and his beard wife, Katie Holmes, are calling it quits after five years of marriage and one Scientology star child.The two are crestfallen and seeking privacy—so naturally they had their spokespeople release statements:
“Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children,” says Cruise’s rep. “Please allow them their privacy.”
“This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family,” says Holmes’s attorney, Jonathan Wolfe. “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”
Rumors have long circulated that the marriage was more of an arrangement than true love, with Tom “auditioning” various actresses for the real-life role of Mrs. Cruise. Is Katie’s contract simply up—or did she have enough of all the vinegar enemas, 2am E-meter readings and all-boy BBQs at the Scientology Celebrity Center?
Or is Tom using this break-up as a way to promote the critically panned Rock of Ages?
More importantly, what’s next for Cruise in a post-Holmes world? Will he be jumping up and down on a couch in a few months, singing the praises of some other Hollywood starlet? Or will Jeremy Renner find his dance card suddenly full?