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Saturday 16 December 2017

Cruise 'saddened' as Katie files for divorce

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing, bringing an end to one of Hollywood's most unexpected marriages, one that spawned euphoric couch-jumping on The Oprah Winfrey Show and endless speculation in the tabloids.

After five years of marriage, Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise on Thursday, said Cruise's lawyer Bert Fields.

"This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family," Holmes's attorney Jonathan Wolfe said. "Katie's primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter's best interest."

"Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children," Cruise's representative Amanda Lundberg said. "Please allow them their privacy to work this out."

Cruise (49) wed the 33-year-old in 2006 in an Italian castle after publicly declaring his love on The Oprah Winfrey Show. His starry-eyed celebration (in which he famously jumped on the studio couch) was a public display that forever after altered the movie-going public's perspective of the action star.

The couple has a six-year-old daughter, Suri, who has herself become a staple of the tabloids and celebrity magazines.

Holmes appeared to have filed for divorce anonymously, a method of divorce filing that is legal in New York.



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Cruise has two children with his previous wife, Nicole Kidman. The actor was also previously married Mimi Rogers. This is Holmes' first marriage.

Cruise and Holmes had a whirlwind romance -- the actress confessed she had a childhood crush on the Top Gun star -- and were engaged at the Eiffel Tower. An elaborate wedding followed before a Church of Scientology minister.

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