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Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes to divorce

The high profile Hollywood marriage of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise is over after the Dawson's Creek actress filed for divorce from her superstar husband of five years.

A move that left entertainment industry and even Cruise surprised, Holmes filed papers in New York yesterday citing 'irreconcilable differences'. The actress wants sole custody of couple's six-year-old daughter Suri.

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

Cruise learned that Holmes had initiated divorce proceedings in New York while he was working on a film set in Iceland, the
Los Angeles Times
reported.

'Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy to work this out,' his publicist said in a statement.

Holmes, 33, has retained two prominent law firms that specialise in wealthy break-ups. She has hired New York lawyer Allan E Mayefsky and New Jersey divorce lawyer, Jonathan Wolfe.

Cruise, who turns 50 soon, however, is yet to hire a divorce attorney, said his legal representative, Bert Fields.

The Mission Impossible star married Holmes in November 2006 after a year of dating in a lavish ceremony held at an Italian castle.

They were last seen together in Iceland two weeks back, where the actor is shooting for his upcoming film Oblivion.

Cruise had infamously declared his love for Holmes on The Oprah Winfrey Show by jumping up and down on Winfrey's couch during the show, which brought him much ridicule and almost ended his career.

He has two adopted children from his second marriage to Nicole Kidman, whom he divorced in 2001. He was also married to actress Mimi Rogers from 1987 to 1990. It was Holmes' first marriage.

The actor has often courted controversy for his faith in Scientology and reports suggest that it could be the reason behind his divorce from Holmes, who is 16 years his junior.
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