- Last Updated: 12:31 PM, July 1, 2012
- Posted: 10:02 PM, June 30, 2012
On Friday, TomKat jumped the couch. Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise after 5 1/2 years of marriage. Best-selling biographer Andrew Morton, author of "Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography" (St. Martins Press), explains why it was a true Hollywood romance -- because from the beginning, Holmes was playing a part.
When Tom Cruise turned 42, his best friend, controversial Scientology leader David Miscavige, threw a lavish birthday party, costing an estimated $300,000, on board the church’s cruise ship.
He flew in singers, dancers and even Tom’s favorite sushi chefs for the bash, where the actor was serenaded with the medley of songs from his box-office hits.
“It’s the best birthday ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, and I mean ever,” he said, with typical understatement.
Tuesday, Tom’s 50th birthday, will lack some “evers.” He will be in his trailer in the wilds of Iceland, where he is filming the aptly named “Oblivion.” Instead of the expected cards and presents from Katie Holmes, she sent him a confetti of legal papers and correspondence marking the end of their five-year marriage.
At least one thing he knows he’ll get is a call from Miscavige, to congratulate and console. Wives may come and go. Scientology is forever.
Holmes’ bombshell, in the midst of his international publicity campaign for “Rock of Ages,” in which he stars as an aging singer, shows exquisite if cruel timing. Tom has admitted he was “blindsided” by her decision, just as Nicole Kidman, his second wife, was stunned when he abruptly decided to end their 10-year marriage even though she was pregnant.
As a leading member of a religion founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, Cruise doesn’t believe in karma. But Katie’s carefully executed escape plan means that, deliberately or not, she is getting one back for the sisterhood.
When he and Kidman divorced, Cruise effectively gained custody of their adopted children, Connor and Isabella. This time, however, Cruise has no such guarantees.
Holmes, presumably with the advice of her lawyer father, Martin Holmes, is playing hardball. She has hired a legal pit bull, New York lawyer Allan E. Mayefsky, who has been involved in several vicious splits, including the divorce of model Christie Brinkley. She wants full custody of Suri, the 6-year-old daughter Cruise dotes on.
Suri’s future education — whether in the rituals of Scientology, like her step-brother and -sister, or a more conventional avenue — will be a critical concern.