Lawyer: Actor Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes divorcing
(CNN) — Seven years after famously jumping on a couch during an “Oprah” taping to declare his love, actor Tom Cruise and his wife, Katie Holmes, are calling it quits, his attorney said Friday.
Holmes, herself an actress, filed for divorce on Thursday, according to Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields.
“Tom is very sad about it and is concentrating on the kids,” Fields said.
The couple wed in Italy in November 2006, seven months to the day after their daughter Suri was born. Pictures of the family have often appeared in tabloid magazines in the years since, though they’ve steered clear of controversy and frequently appeared together at events.
Just last May, in fact, the 49-year-old Cruise told Playboy magazine that he loved Holmes, 33, as much then as when they got hitched six years ago.
“She is an extraordinary person, and if you spent five minutes with her, you’d see it,” he said. “I’m just happy, and I have been since the moment I met her. What we have is very special.”
Cruise is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable stars, starring in “Taps” and “The Outsiders” before breaking out in the 1983 film “Risky Business.” He’s appeared in a host of widely seen films since, including Oscar-nominated roles in “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Magnolia” and the hit action series “Mission Impossible.”
Holmes became known to America as an actress on the teen drama TV series “Dawson’s Creek,” which aired between 1998 and 2003. She has since appeared in several productions, including the movie “Batman Begins” and TV mini-series “The Kennedys.”
The two began dating in 2005, and months into their relationship Cruise made headlines by jumping on a couch as an open-jawed Oprah Winfrey watched because he couldn’t contain his excitement about Holmes.
Their marriage was Holmes’ first, and the third for Cruise who’d earlier been paired with actresses Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman. He had two children from his marriage with the Academy Award-winning Kidman before their divorce in 2001.