Way back in April 2005, Tom Cruise announced he was dating Dawson's Creek
actress Katie Holmes, 16 years his junior. Today, they're getting divorced. Katie is 33, Tom will be 50 on Tuesday, July 3.
Read: Katie Holmes files for divorce from Tom Cruise citing "irreconciliable differences"
We have to confess, though, that we aren't all that surprised.
Katie is believed to have felt that life with controlling Tom was
turning her into a "robot," just like the tabloids have always
maintained she is all through their five year marriage. Tom's
controlling streak has often been in evidence, and has always seemed
more than slightly creepy.
Read: Katie Holmes was scared she was turning "into a robot" while with Tom Cruise
Consider the infamous start of their romance. On May 23, 2005 Tom left
Oprah Winfrey 's audience unsure of how to react when he jumped on her
couch declaring his love for Katie. That incident has been lampooned
endlessly ever since.
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Then came rumours that Tom insisted Katie go by the name Kate Cruise.
She never did - or, at least, we never did - but that's the name Tom's
official divorce statement uses.
And there was Suri Cruise's "silent birth." Tom's Scientological
convictions demanded that Katie remain silent when giving birth even
while in the throes of labour pain.
In January last year, Katie was reported to be "addicted" to
Scientological treatment and counseling sessions, specifically the
e-meter which is said to stimulate endorphins and makes you feel
And let's not forget the his and hers fashion. Style pundits and
celebrity gawkers alike were quick to remark on the couple's frequent
public appearances in similar clothing and hair styles.
Perhaps it's just taken Katie Holmes seven long years to see what we've
been seeing. She's come a long way since her giggly confession about
always wanting to "grow up and marry Tom Cruise."