Since news broke that Katie Holmes had not only filed for divorce from Tom Cruise but was also looking for sole custody of their 6 year old daughter Suri, I for one have waited with eager anticipation for what would have been the celebrity showdown of the year.
However my blogging dreams have been crushed as the pair have already reached a divorce settlement. Katie’s attorney released a statement stating:
“The case has been settled and the agreement has been signed. We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life. We thank Tom’s counsel for their professionalism and diligence that helped bring about this speedy resolution.”
It’s no wonder it was “speedy” and “professional…” the dude’s been divorced twice before. This legal malarkey is second (or third) nature at this stage!
As to the nature of the settlement, no details have been released. However reports over the past few weeks have suggested that Katie’s decision was provoked in the interest of little Suri. It is claimed that 50 year old Cruise wanted to send the 6 year old to a Scientology bootcamp while Katie was unhappy about this. The mention of Cruise’s controversial religion factoring in the divorce comes as no surprise as his divorce to second wife Nicole Kidman was said to have been provoked by her unwillingness to allow their children Connor and Isabella to devote themselves to Scientology. Ironically enough, both children are now followers of the religion. Just this week, members of the Church have been forced to deny that Katie Holmes was being followed. The move follows Katie’s decision to fire all her personal security team who have any previous loyalties to her ex-husband.
The couple released a joint statement this morning calling for privacy at this difficult time and confirming that their daughter remains their number one priority:
“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.”
We await for further details regarding the custody rights of their daughter.