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Tom Cruise caught by surprise by divorce filing, sources say

Texas residents may not be surprised by the news, but apparently Tom Cruise was. After five years of marriage, 33-year-old Katie Holmes has decided to end her six-year marriage to husband Tom Cruise, according to recent reports. The divorce papers were filed last Thursday, and the reason Ms. Holmes stated for the divorce was irreconcilable differences. Ms. Holmes is also seeking sole child custody of the couple's six-year-old daughter.

According to a source close to the "Mission Impossible" actor and knowledgeable about the situation, the news came "out of the blue" for the superstar actor now starring in the movie "Rock of Ages." The Sun newspaper is also reporting that mysterious men were seen outside the home of Ms. Holmes. One might immediately think it is just the paparazzi however the actress was said to have asked her assistants to take pictures of the men, suspecting they may be spying on her for the Church of Scientology.

One celebrity gossip website is speculating that Holmes is seeking sole custody over her concerns that her husband was forcing the six-year old into becoming more involved with the church. Unnamed sources said Holmes was concerned for her daughter because the older she gets the more significant the church would become in her life. Apparently the couple argued over their child and the extent of her involvement in the church.

When parents disagree on the religious aspects of their children's upbringing a bitter custody dispute can ensue. Since this particular celebrity marriage was highly publicized from the beginning, most likely their divorce will be as well. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, should the couple not seek divorce mediation or a collaborative divorce process and instead go through the family court system.

A spokesperson for Cruise stated the actor was saddened by the news, leading many to think he was taken by surprise. This is the third marriage for the 49-year-old actor and the first for Ms. Holmes. Holmes' divorce attorney stated her primary concern is her daughter's best interests, as it has always been.

Source: The Telegraph, "Scientologist spies deployed against Katie Holmes," July 2, 2012

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