Posted By: Mandi Renfroe
On November 18th 2006, while half the world fell in love with the vows Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes exchanged, the other half were disgusted by the charming Katie Holmes’ choice of groom. The Scientology-based wedding ceremony was hosted in Italy, where friends and family joined the two, including their baby girl, Suri. Together, the three were celebrity royalty; their life and religious practices constantly being highlighted by the media. If you subtract Tom’s sexual orientation, manipulative tendencies and ‘alien’ rumors, the marriage actually seemed like a mini Fairy Tale. That came to a crashing halt on June 29th 2012, when Katie filed for divorce after five years of marriage.
Millions were shocked by the news, including Tom Cruise himself, who was in Iceland filming his recent movie Oblivion when Katie filed for divorce. Sources say this wasn’t an overnight decision for Katie, and she had been planning this divorce for a few months. She took her opportunity when he went across the country for work, filing the divorce papers and requesting sole physical custody in the settlement. US Weekly also reported this week that Katie had also been phoning Tom Cruise’s ex-wife Nicole Kidman, who helped aid Katie through the divorce. The Los Angeles Times also reported this week that the Dawson’s Creek star had a disposable cell phone to plot this divorce without the Mission Impossible star knowing. Where did this power for freedom from Tom come from?
It was reported in US Weekly that Katie has been unhappy for a long time and was waiting for the perfect time to leave the marriage. The magazine also reported, “Every move she made and everything she did was controlled . . . She felt like she was in Rosemary’s Baby,” A source explained, referring to the 1968 classic horror flick. “This is about protecting her daughter. She wants to be in charge of how Suri is being raised and didn’t want her to have an exclusively Scientology education.”
This will be the third divorce for Tom Cruise, and surely a divorce of his like no other. Katie has proven to be the winner here. Her strength and power has helped make the split go as quickly and smoothly as possible. When Tom and Nicole divorced, there was a battle for everything and terrible fights of accusations of adultery. Tom tried to fight the laws going towards divorce in every way he could, and the two ended up splitting custody for their two adopted children. Katie learned from Nicole’s mistakes – she was savvy and smart, and made sure Tom couldn’t wriggle his way out of anything when she declared the marriage over.
Katie, who was baptized in the Catholic Church and attended school at Notre Dame Academy, an all-girls Catholic School, got involved in Scientology when her and Tom were in their ‘honeymoon phase’. Throughout the marriage there was constant speculation that Tom was control Katie’s every move. Katie certainly proved the media underestimated her. It takes a very smart woman to divorce Tom Cruise in just eleven days with no push-back on the settlement.
So how did she do it?
People magazine reported that Katie’s father, Ohio-based attorney, Martin Holmes, had flown down to help his daughter through the divorce. Katie also hired Jonathon Wolfe, as well as three law firms who were very experienced in handling high-profile breakups. She made sure that everything was going to work in her favor, and she certainly did her homework. Wolfe released a statement to People about the confidentiality in the divorce settlement shortly after. “There are numerous inaccuracies in the reports regarding the purported contents of the agreement reached between the parties,” Wolfe told People. “The agreement is confidential and its terms will not be disclosed.”
Suri became the peace clause for the quick settlement agreement, without Tom Cruise fighting Katie. Perez Hilton reported that both actors were ready to claw their way through the divorce, using Suri as “a weapon” to get what they wanted. However, they were advised against this and warned about the irreparable damage it could do to a child. Tom and Katie’s main concern was for Suri. Katie received primary physical custody, while Tom will receive “significant custodial time“. The couple released a joint statement regarding the agreement stating, “We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri’s best interests. We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other’s commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as parents.”
Prenuptial agreements were signed before they were married. In the prenup agreements, Katie is awarded the $30 million dollar estate that they purchased together while married. It turns out Katie was quite smart with the prenuptial. Was she planning the end before it even began? One thing is for sure… Suri sure is lucky to have a mama like Katie Holmes.
Mandi Renfroe is a blog owner and book writer for more than five years.
Selma: Tom Cruise is smart, he’s proven that through all his relationships thus far. However Katie is smarter, she got everything she wanted without a peep. Secretly we were all hoping that Tom’s mysteries would all be exposed. He was probably expecting that as well… no wonder he gave up on Suri without a fight! I recommend this DiscoveryGame to help align your parenting styles before having children so this doesn’t happen to you!
Giulia: I can only imagine what Katie Holmes is going through right now. She is so strong and independent… a true role model! She seems to have gotten a lot of help, support and guidance. She brings truth to the Beatles song “I get by with a little help from my friends!” I recommend this DiscoveryGame to help her realize where her friends stand in her life!