Tom Cruise learned of Katie Holmes divorce moves on set in Iceland
Tom Cruise learned that Katie Holmes had initiated divorce proceedings in New York while he was working on a film set 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.
Cruise has not yet hired a divorce attorney, said his longtime legal representative, Bert Fields.
Holmes, 33, 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, whose website boasts of his prowess in "complex matrimonial matters" involving "leaders or the spouses of leaders" in business, entertainment and sports. He has written extensively about prenuptial agreements and ways to recover hidden assets in divorce proceedings.
In a statement, Wolfe called the divorce "a personal and private matter."
"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, who will turn 50 next week, 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.
Their first date was a sushi dinner on his private jet, 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 coach while professing his new love for Holmes.
-- Harriet Ryan and John Horn
Photo: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in 2011. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press