LOS ANGELES - The marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, one of Hollywood's highest profile relationships and a subject of endless tabloid speculation, is over.
Holmes announced through a lawyer Friday that she had filed for divorce from her movie star husband of five years. The news surprised the entertainment industry and apparently the actor himself. Cruise learned Holmes had started divorced proceedings in New York while he was working on a film in Iceland.
"Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy to work this out," his publicist said in a statement. He has not yet hired a divorce attorney, said his longtime legal representative, Bert Fields.
Holmes has retained two prominent law firms that specialize in wealthy break-ups. New York lawyer Allan E. Mayefsky has been involved in a number of acrimonious and headline-grabbing splits, including the divorces of model Christie Brinkley, TV anchor Joan Lunden and a Manhattan financier who was ordered to pay his ex-wife $44 million.
In addition, the "Dawson's Creek" actress hired a New Jersey divorce lawyer, Jonathan Wolfe, who has written extensively about prenuptial agreements and ways to recover hidden assets in divorce proceedings. "Katie's primary concern remains, as it has always been, her daughter's best interest," the lawyer said, referring to the couple's daughter, Suri, 6.
Cruise has long been a controversial figure for his statements about psychiatry and his membership in the Church of Scientology, but it was his whirlwind romance with the actress 16 years his junior that garnered the most attention.
He proposed underneath the Eiffel Tower, and they were married in a star-studded ceremony in an Italian castle. He infamously jumped on Oprah Winfrey's studio couch while professing his new love for Holmes.
Speculation about a prenuptial agreement began almost immediately after the couple's engagement. Cruise already had two ex-wives -- actresses Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman. His annual earnings -- recently estimated by Forbes at $75 million -- dwarfed those of his young bride.
Asked whether there was a prenuptial agreement, Fields said, "I can't comment on that. It will all come out." Bernard Clair, a Manhattan divorce lawyer with many wealthy clients, said judges generally order divorcing couples to abide by the terms of their prenuptial agreements when it comes to finances. But the court often modifies provisions governing child support and custody.
The decision to file in New York rather than California might have been one of convenience -- Holmes and the couple's daughter are currently living in New York -- but it also might reflect a desire for privacy.
"My guess is that she brought it in New York because files are sealed," said Manhattan attorney Raoul Felder, a veteran of high-profile divorce cases. "If it was in California, it's all public and you can walk into the clerk's office and get the papers."Another couple on the rocks
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, disgraced former chief of the International Monetary Fund, has separated from his wife, journalist Anne Sinclair. French tabloids have speculated about strains on the couple and a possible split for months. "Ms. Sinclair asked Mr. Strauss-Kahn to leave the apartment a month ago," said Laurence Pieau, editor in chief of Closer, a tabloid magazine. Strauss-Kahn moved to the elegant hotel Lutetia in central Paris and later to a friend's place in the residential 16th Arrondissement, Pieau said in a phone interview. "For me, it is a definitive breakup," she said. Strauss-Kahn's lawyers said Friday that he and Sinclair would sue the magazine for invasion of privacy.Adele announces baby news
British soul singer Adele, whose multiple Grammy Award-winning album "21" made her a worldwide star in 2011, announced that she is expecting her first child, with boyfriend Simon Konecki. Adele, 24, broke the news Friday. "I'm delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together," she wrote on her website. "I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we're over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time." In February, Adele told Vogue that she was taking a much-needed break after touring for much of the previous year -- a tour that ended abruptly after she was sidelined with vocal problems that required surgery. The singer didn't announce a due date.