Three times was not a charm for actor Tom Cruise, whose third marriage ended Friday when a lawyer representing his wife, actress Katie Holmes, announced the pair is kaput after six years together.
“This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family,” attorney Jonathan Wolfe said in a statement to People.com, which broke the story. “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”
According to TMZ, Holmes blindsided her husband when she filed for divorce in New York, citing “irreconcilable differences” and asking for sole legal custody and “primary residential custody” of the couple’s 6-year-old daughter, Suri. (Holmes is also requesting a “suitable amount” of child support, according to the web site.)
Cruise, who was previously married to actress Mimi Rogers and, later, to actress Nicole Kidman, with whom he has two children, is said to be “deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children,” according to a statement from his rep, Amanda Lunberg. Earlier this week, a paparazzo snapped pics of the A-list action man and he was wearing his wedding ring.
Cruise and Holmes became a couple in 2005 after she’d broken up with “American Pie” actor Chris Klein, and Cruise ended a brief relationship with Penelope Cruz. We knew the “Mission Impossible” star was serious about Holmes when he appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show and professed his love while jumping up and down on a couch. They married in November 2006.
Some fans and observers have always harbored doubts that the marriage would last, but the pair looked perfectly happy in 2009 when Cruise spent a few months in Boston shooting “Knight and Day.” Cruise and Holmes were regulars on the restaurant scene, dining frequently at Abe & Louie’s and Bricco, where they celebrated their anniversary with a romantic dinner.
While Cruise was busy filming, Holmes would sometimes stroll down Newbury Street with her daughter, or work out at the BU track near Agganis Arena. Occasionally, on weekends, the family would hang out together, as when they relaxed on a bench by the Charles River playing peek-a-boo with Suri. That same day, Holmes was all smiles as she and her daughter stopped by Sweet in Harvard Square, sampling several different cupcakes.
After the film wrapped, Cruise posted a note on his website, thanking the city for its hospitality. “To the wonderful people of Boston,” the actor wrote. “We absolutely love Boston and will treasure our memories of the freedom trail, the Duck Tours, the museums, restaurants, gorgeous parks and, of course, our unforgettable runs around the St. Charles River (sic). It was an autumn to remember!”
Apparently those good times are a distant memory now as Cruise and Holmes have called it quits. Aside from the statement issued by Holmes’s lawyer, reps for the actors had no comment Friday.