Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were Hollywood gold from the moment they announced their relationship to the world. Tom’s intense fame and successful career made him one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors. Each romance after his divorce from Nicole Kidman attracted overwhelming amounts of media attention. His new love for the younger Katie brought an entirely different level of coverage.
The match-up of a handsome, successful actor and a much younger actress is bound to gain attention. Tom Cruise is Hollywood royalty, with a career spanning over 31 years. Katie is and was a lesser-known star, most recognized for her role as Joey Potter on “Dawson’s Creek.” The couple was a match made in Hollywood heaven for all avenues of media, from gossip magazines to entertainment news shows on television.
From Tom’s couch-jumping charade on Oprah to his open declarations of love in interviews, the couple was not shy about sharing their affection for one another. This openness is quite rare in Hollywood and garnered them even more attention than is paid to the average celebrity couple. The media and masses ate their love story up. The tabloids coined them as TomKat, and they skyrocketed to “It Couple” status immediately.
After a whirlwind of appearances together, the couple celebrated their engagement in June 2005. The romantic proposal took place atop the Eiffel Tower, with Tom revealing the details to reporters the morning after.
The Addition of Suri and an Over-the-Top Affair
The couple announced they were expecting their first child together in the fall of 2005. The child marked number three for Tom, as he already had a son and a daughter with ex-wife Nicole Kidman. A daughter named Suri arrived in April 2006. With the birth of Suri, the wedding watch began.
On November 18 of the same year, the couple married in a lavish ceremony at Odescalchi Castle in Italy. The wedding was extravagant, with Katie wearing a custom-made Giorgio Armani wedding gown and Andrea Bocelli providing musical entertainment to guests. The affair was attended by many other celebrities, including Jim Carrey, Brooke Shields, Jennifer Lopez, David and Victoria Beckham, and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. Fireworks burst above after the ceremony, a fitting climax to the evening for the over-the-top couple.
Signs of Trouble
Tabloids speculated that the marriage would not last due to the couple’s differences in fame. This gap became more apparent as the years ticked by. Tom was continuing his movie career with films including, “Valkyrie,” “Tropic Thunder,” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” Katie had plenty of projects in her own right but never seemed to gain her footing enough to shine completely in front of her famous husband.
Intense speculation always existed about the religious differences of the couple. Katie is a Catholic who studied Scientology for her husband, who is fiercely outspoken about his faith in the religion. Stories ran rampant with tales of the heavy influence of the religion on Tom. The presence of Scientology leader David Miscavige during the couple’s honeymoon in the Maldives only added fuel to the fire of opinions.
The Final Blow
Speculation ran wild but eventually faded out as other celebrity couples clouded magazine covers. Everything changed when Katie filed for divorced on June 29, 2012, in New York. The story was sensational, with tales of Scientology rituals and Katie’s restrained life as Mrs. Tom Cruise blasted in the headlines.
When the news hit, Tom was in Iceland filming “Oblivion” and was reportedly surprised. He released a statement via his representatives saying, “Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children.”
Within two weeks of the filing, the couple had reached an agreement in their divorce settlement. The case is sealed and the conditions are unknown other than that Tom will have an active role in Suri’s life.
New Things on the Horizon
The future after divorce is bright for Tom and Katie. Both have supreme acting skills and impressive resumes under their belts. Neither stopped working while together, and both are sure to enjoy the solo spotlight for a time.
Tom’s megastar status ensures that he will be a fixture in movies. He has two movies in post-production due out in the near future. He also has several other projects in the works, including “All You Need is Kill” and “Mission: Impossible 5.”
Katie has been announced to play the role of Liz Quinn in the film “Responsible Adults.” She has another unnamed project in post-production, directed by Christian Camargo. At 33, Katie still has plenty of time to show the world what she has to offer. Her beautiful appearance and eye-catching presence are sure to keep her on the Hollywood radar for years to come.
The old adage goes, “All good things must come to an end.” TomKat certainly had its time in the spotlight. It was fun while it lasted, and many may be sad to see it go, but the duo are sure to move on to bigger and better things.