Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, a former Hollywood power couple, announced in 2012 that they were divorcing after six years of marriage. According to Ranker, the news of the A-list couple’s breakup sent shockwaves across the entertainment industry and created waves of speculations and conjecture as to why the couple chose to end their relationship. Thus, why did Cruise and Holmes divorce?
According to Extra, the ex-husband and ex-wife started dating in 2005. In June of the same year, the former “Dawson’s Creek” actress said that she and Cruise were engaged and intended to convert to Scientology, Cruise’s religion. In October 2005, four months later, Holmes revealed she was pregnant with her first child. In April 2006, the couple received their daughter Suri Cruise, who has undergone a remarkable change, and seven months later, they wed in an extravagant Italian ceremony.
According to the Mirror, the star-studded Scientology wedding occurred on November 18, 2006, at Odescalchi Castle in Italy. Several of Hollywood’s most prominent figures, including Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, John Travolta, and ex-Scientologist Leah Remini, attended the wedding. Holmes and Cruise seemed to be on their way to a happily ever after.
Katie Holmes has maintained silence over her separation from Tom Cruise.
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise have been tight-lipped about the reasons for their divorce. Yet, the “Mission Impossible” star previously said that he “did not anticipate” his wife to file for divorce. While neither side has stated the reason for the highly publicized split, several theories surround Holmes’ choice to end her marriage. HuffPost revealed one of the most prevalent theories in 2013 when Cruise expressed Holmes’ opposition to raising Suri in the Scientology church.
At a deposition for a defamation action involving Bauer Media, an attorney asked the “Top Gun” star if the “Dawson’s Creek” alum had filed a divorce “in part to safeguard Suri from Scientology” (per HuffPost). According to the source, Cruise initially responded angrily, stating, “There is no reason to shield my kid from my faith.” But, when the attorney continued to push Cruise on the subject, the actor acknowledged that Holmes’ wish to keep Suri away from Scientology “… was one of the accusations.”
Despite her newly-found independence as a single woman, Radar Online claimed in 2016 that Holmes had formed a “secret divorce agreement” with Cruise that forbade her from publicly commenting on their split or seeing anyone else for five years. Even though over a decade has gone since their divorce, the “Batman Begins” actress has kept silent.