Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes seal the deal on divorce settlement

Matt Williams in New York (Guardian): Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have reached a swift settlement in what was shaping up to be an acrimonious divorce case, it was confirmed Monday.In a statement, a lawyer for Holmes – best known for her roles in teen drama Dawson’s Creek and the film Batman Begins – said he was “thrilled” to have struck an agreement over the pair’s separation.

Earlier, the couple released a statement stressing their commitment to working together as parents and pledging respect for each other’s “respective beliefs”.

It comes amid a flurry of speculation over the reasons behind the high-profile couple’s split, which came five-and-a-half years after they tied the knot.

Reports in the US media have suggested that Holmes had concerns over the influence of Scientology in the upbringing of their 6-year-old girl Suri. Cruise is a prominent Scientology member and fundraiser.

Us Weekly had reported that the couple “fought viciously” over whether the child would be brought up under its beliefs.

Cruise, 50, star began dating Holmes, 17 years his junior, in 2005. He publicly declared his love for her during a bizarre performance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in which he jumped up and down excitedly on a sofa.

The following years saw the pair – dubbed TomKat by sections of the media – wed in a Scientology ceremony held in Italy. But Holmes filed for divorce last month, in a move that some reports suggest came as a surprise to her husband.

The actress’s attorney Jonathan Wolfe said in a statement Monday that the divorce case has been settled and an agreement signed. He thanked Cruise’s lawyers in helping bring about “this speedy resolution”.

In a joint statement released through their representatives, Holmes and Cruise said: “We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri’s best interests.

“We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other’s commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as parents.”


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