DHAKA: The Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes divorce is an old-fashioned Hollywood split between star and starlet with dramatic issues of religion, money and child custody thrown in, all of which make it a boon to the ever-churning celebrity news industrial complex.
And thus far, Holmes is winning the media battle.
In the copious amounts of ink and pixels spent on the couple since Holmes filed for divorce June 28, Holmes has been portrayed with overwhelmingly more sympathy.
Whether true or not, the narrative that’s emerged is of a locked-away Holmes breaking free from the servitude of a strange, corrupting marriage.
US Weekly has reported that the couple ‘fought viciously’ over Scientology parenting.
The Daily News has trumpeted Holmes entering ‘a new phase’.
A TMZ headline blared ‘Tom treated me like a robot’.
That may also be the most convenient view of a relationship that even at its start spawned ‘Free Katie!’ T-shirts.
Tom Cruise’s camp has begun to vigorously deny such a reading.
Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields has said they are letting ‘the other side play the media until they wear everyone out.’
The Church of Scientology, too, doesn’t want to be portrayed as the schism between the couple, reports Gulf News.
BDST: 1907 HRS, JUL 10, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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