DHAKA: Hollywood A-listers Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing, bringing an end to a five-year marriage.
The office of celebrity divorce lawyer Jonathan Wolfe confirmed the divorce. ‘This is a personal and private matter’, he said in a statement, reports BBC.
They have a six-year-old daughter, Suri, and Cruise, 49, has two children from his marriage to Nicole Kidman.
Cruise married Holmes, 33, his third wife, in an Italian castle in November 2006.
A spokesman for Cruise told the BBC, ‘Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy’.
TMZ News has reported that Holmes filed divorce papers in New York on Thursday, citing irreconcilable differences, and that she is seeking sole custody of their daughter.
The divorce brings to an end a relationship that began with very public declarations of affection.
Holmes once admitted she had a childhood crush on the Hollywood celebrity, while Cruise famously jumped on a sofa on the Oprah Winfrey Show as he declared his love for Holmes.
‘I can’t be cool. I can’t be laid-back. Something happened and I want to celebrate it’, Cruise said in his appearance on the show.
Cruise proposed to Holmes at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the couple was married by a Church of Scientology minister.
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Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor