Tom Cruise appeared unconcerned as he emerged after lunch at Tony’s Tavern in Malibu and even sported a huge smile as he walked along.
Tom Cruise, 50, looked as youthful as ever in a long sleeved white T-shirt and jeans with a pair of aviator sunglasses protecting his eyes from the sun.
He also wore a pair of white trainers.
When photographers from TMZ asked Tom Cruise how he was doing, the happy star replied saying: “I’m good.”
Tom Cruise appeared unconcerned as he emerged after lunch at Tony’s Tavern in Malibu and even sported a huge smile as he walked along
Tom Cruise has maintained a hectic schedule in the wake of the news, fulfilling his filming duties for Oblivion and clocking up miles between Iceland, California, New York and most recently London.
However, even with all of that travelling and working, not to mention his personal drama, Tom Cruise looked refreshed and relaxed in Los Angeles.
The star is also on the lookout for a new place to call home in New York so he can be close to his daughter Suri, six, who is living in the city with her mother Katie Holmes.
Tom Cruise is limiting his house hunt in New York to “secluded” properties, according to reports.
Representatives for Tom Cruise are understood to have contacted Donna Senko of Sotheby’s International who have now spoken to agents in Westchester County, Stamford and Greenwich to inquire about properties.
Tom Cruise has specified his new home must be secure, discreet and secluded with a “suburban presence” so Suri can play in private.
A source told the New York Daily News: “He wants something extremely secluded where Suri can play without paparazzi watching. There are lots of them in these towns.”
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s divorce was finalized within a matter of weeks, with the former Dawson’s Creek star getting primary custody of Suri with Tom being granted regular visitation rights.
Although Tom Cruise is keeping the couple’s former home in Beverly Hills – which he shares with his eldest children, Isabella, 19, and 17-year-old Connor – he is determined to have a permanent base in New York for his time with Suri.
Katie Holmes has turned her back on the controversial religion of Scientology by registering with a Catholic church in New York, it has been claimed.
According to a new report, the actress has formally confirmed her return to Catholicism by signing up to the Church of St. Francis Xavier.
Katie Holmes’ decision to register as a parishioner at the church has been met with excitement by the congregation.
One member of the church choir told the Huffington Post: “Everyone is thrilled to have Katie join us.
“She has not yet attended a service, but when she does she will be welcomed with open arms.”
Katie Holmes has turned her back on the controversial religion of Scientology by registering with a Catholic church in New York
On its website, the Church of St. Francis Xavier, which dates back to 1847, “strives to be a prophetic, welcoming community, inclusive witness to the presence of Christ Jesus in our midst”, according to its mission statement.
The actress’ decision to register with the church is sure to be seen as her final way of distancing herself from Scientology.
And the move is also the latest sign that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s six-year-old daughter Suri, of whom Katie is believed to have sole custody, will follow in the actress’ Catholic footsteps, rather than follow her father and his devotion to Scientology.
It appears that the signs of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise split were there six weeks before the actress revealed she was filing for divorce from her husband of five years.
In an interview conducted for an upcoming issue of America’s Elle magazine, Katie Holmes told the publication that she was entering a “new phase” of her life.
Talking about being in her 30s, Katie Holmes is quoted as saying: “I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin. I feel sexier. I think in my 20s, it’s like you’re trying too hard to figure everything out.
“I’m starting to come into my own. It’s like a new phase.”
It is worth noting that Katie Holmes seductively flashes her sheer black bra in an unbuttoned top – as she appears to be rebelling against reports that Tom controlled even her wardrobe choices.
In an interview conducted for an upcoming issue of Elle magazine, Katie Holmes said she was entering a “new phase” of her life
Also in the interview, which took place in mid-May and appears in the magazine on sale on July 17th, Katie Holmes appeared to respond negatively to a question about being “Mrs. Tom Cruise”.
Katie Holmes, 33, said: “He has been Tom Cruise for 30 years. I know who I am and where I am and where I want to go, so I want to focus on that.”
And a source present at the interview told the New York Post that Katie Holmes didn’t appear to be happy in her relationship with Tom Cruise at the time.
The source said: “Katie didn’t speak about Tom in a lovey-dovey way at all. She deflected the Tom questions and brought them around to herself.”
Her interview with Elle took place six weeks before she filed for divorce from Tom Cruise on June 29th.
While the pair are now gearing up for a big divorce battle, as well as what is expected to be a bitter fight over custody of their six-year-old daughter Suri cruise, Katie Holmes yesterday reassured fans that she is coping following the split.
Approached as she stocked up on food at Whole Foods in Manhattan, Katie Holmes told a New York Daily News reporter: “I’m alright. Thank you.”
Meanwhile, Tom Cruise, who has been kept busy shooting his latest movie Oblivion in Iceland, on Wednesday returned to Los Angeles where he marked his 50th birthday with a quiet lunch alongside adopted children Connor and Isabella Cruise.
It looks like Tom Cruise’s unlucky number is 33 as all three of his ex-wives called it quits when they reached that very same age.
Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes were all in their early thirties when their marriages to Tom Cruise took a turn for the worse.
Fans of Tom Cruise searched for a meaning, some postulating that the number 33 is related somehow to his religion, Scientology.
Tom Cruise married Mimi Rogers when she was 31 in May of 1987. She was 33 when they broke up in 1990.
In his second marriage to Nicole Kidman, the actors stayed together for ten years. They split in 2001, when she was 33.
His wedding with Katie Holmes was in 2006 when she was 28 and last week, when she filed for divorce, she had reached the ripe old age of 33.
It looks like Tom Cruise's unlucky number is 33 as all three of his ex-wives called it quits when they reached that very same age
In each case, divorce proceedings began when the wives were 33 and concluded when they were 34.
Perez Hilton dug deep into Scientology to find out what, if any importance there is to the number 33. Turns out, the first Church of Scientology was established in Phoenix, Arizona, which lies on the 33rd parallel.
In numerology, the number 33 is for the “master teacher” represented by the Archangel Michael. The number 33 is associated with the power of healing through love; people with the life path number 33 are totally selfless and love unconditionally.
Regardless of the positive connotations, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s divorce will not be recognized by the church of Scientology, according to church documents.
There is a belief in the church of Scientology that marital problems come from “withholds” or “overts” – undiscussed issues or problems.
Katie Holmes is believed to have blind-sided Tom Cruise by initiating divorce proceedings and seeking sole custody of their daughter Suri.
With sole custody of Suri, Katie Holmes would be able to remove her daughter from the Church of Scientology despite her husband’s enthusiasm for it.
The estranged couple has been raising Suri in accordance with the doctrine of the Church of Scientology – treating her as an adult, free to make her own decisions.
“Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children,” a spokesperson for Tom Cruise said.
Katie Holmes cited “irreconcilable differences” as the cause to the split.
New reports claim that Katie Holmes’s fears that daughter Suri was set to be inducted into a hardcore Scientology organization were the driving force behind the end of her marriage to Tom Cruise.
Katie Holmes, 33, was allegedly convinced husband Tom Cruise was planning to send Suri, 6, away to Sea Organisation – an association of Scientologists established in 1968 by L. Ron Hubbard, the science fiction writer and founder of Scientology.
Sea Org, as it is known, is where the highest levels of Scientology are taught and children as young as five can be sent to live there – without their parents.
The company has been often compared to a boot camp and several ex-Scientologists (including Oscar winner Paul Haggis) have been outspoken against its military-like conditions.
Initially created at sea, maritime customs and traditions persist today even in the land-based branches of the organization.
It claims to act as goodwill representatives and administrators of Scientology with the stated purpose to “get ethics in on the planet”. And a source told website TMZ that Tom Cruise is a big fan.
The website claims that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise had been arguing over Suri’s indoctrination into Scientology – and it seems that for Katie talk of her six-year-old joining Sea Org was the final straw.
The huge Scientology boat The Freewinds that was the location of Tom Cruise’s infamous birthday party in 2004, is entirely staffed by Sea Org members and the highest levels of Scientology are taught on the ship.
According to the official Scientology website, members of Sea Org sign “a one-billion-year pledge to symbolize their eternal commitment to the religion and it is still signed by all members today”.
When Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise first got together in 2005, a prominent Scientologist who had been with the Sea Org since 1994 Jessica Rodriguez was transferred and became Katie’s assistant/Scientology chaperone.
Feshbach, in one of Katie Holmes’ first interviews after getting together with Tom Cruise, was described by a writer for W magazine as “cold-eyed” and “a third-wheel”.
Katie Holmes felt the only way to save Suri from being shipped off to Sea Org was to file for divorce and seek sole legal custody.
Tom Cruise’s devotion to the shadowy church of Scientology is set to come under scrutiny as, according to New York legal sources, his religious beliefs will be central in the divorce battle.
“There is no way her advisers will not be putting Scientology at the very core of this divorce,” says Mike Paul, a prominent New York crisis manager who counsels celebrities on how to handle high-profile court cases.
The heart of the divorce is nothing less than the battle for the soul of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ daughter Suri.
Katie Holmes's fears that daughter Suri was set to be inducted into a hardcore Scientology organization were the driving force behind the end of her marriage to Tom Cruise
“The only possible reason for Katie to push for this is that she fears for the emotional wellbeing of her daughter,” says Mike Paul.
“Suri is at an age where she will be becoming more and more involved with the church and Katie clearly wants to make the break before her daughter is dragged into Scientology.”
In fact, Suri is understood to have been enrolled in Scientology-based school programmes by her father, which is said to “terrify” Katie Holmes.
Tom Cruise’s desire to immerse his daughter in Scientology is believed to have brought about a culture clash of religions with Katie Holmes, who was raised a devout Roman Catholic.
Indeed, such is the actress’s concern over a backlash from the sect that she is convinced rogue elements from the church have been monitoring her movements.
On Tuesday, a worried Katie Holmes called police to the New York apartment where she is living with Suri after spotting two mysterious men in a black Mercedes SUV parked outside the door.
Katie Holmes, who looks strained and gaunt, was said to be convinced they were not members of the paparazzi who sell footage of her and her daughter to American celebrity websites, but Scientology operatives. Apparently, neither had a camera.
According to celebrity website TMZ, Katie Holmes also believes she has been followed when she leaves the apartment in the fashionable East Village district.
In addition to the Mercedes, a white Cadillac has also been spotted regularly outside the apartment.
Meanwhile, others who have quit the church of Scientology say it goes out of its way to discredit and intimidate former members.
Sam Domingo, 45, a British mother of three who was married to the son of opera star Placido Domingo, says her life was made hell when she split from her husband and left Scientology three years ago.
“They are ruthless and quite happy to wreck families,” says Sam Domingo, who joined the cult at 21.
“My former husband was told to disconnect from me – cut me out of his life completely – and to contact our children only through a lawyer.
“For married couples thinking of splitting up, they make you confess all the things you have done wrong to each other. It’s incredibly intense and personal. But when I left they made public the information they had got on me and my husband.”
Meanwhile, there is increasing evidence that far from disintegrating only recently, the Cruises’ marriage has been at best semi-detached for at least three years.
While Tom cruise has remained at the family’s home in Beverly Hills when he is not filming, Katie Holmes has spent much of her time since 2009 on the opposite side of America.
Katie Holmes has been buying up other apartments in the 11-storey Manhattan apartment block where Tom Cruise has owned a flat since 1985 to enable her to build a gym and quarters for her security staff.
Katie Holmes has also enrolled Suri in a Catholic school in the city and is said to have removed all of her belongings from their Los Angeles home.
This makes something of a mockery of the increasingly hollow protestations that all was well in the marriage – not to mention those awkward hand-holding pictures of the couple taken just two weeks ago in Iceland where Tom Cruise is filming the action movie Oblivion.
The fact she has chosen to remain in New York is significant, not least because its courts tend to order children to remain with one parent in custody disputes, while those in California favor joint custody.
But Katie Holmes’ supporters say she has also felt it necessary to distance herself – and, crucially, Suri – from Scientology and members of the Cruise clan who are as devoted as he is to its strange teachings.
Increasingly, Suri is reaching the age when children from Scientology families begin their indoctrination process, which involves “auditing” – being connected to a crude lie detector called an e-meter and having to tell your deepest and darkest secrets to sect staff.
One of the principle reasons behind the split, say Katie Holmes’s circle, has been her growing skepticism towards Scientology, which was founded by Fifties sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard, who taught his disciples that humans are descended from space aliens called Thetans.
The couple had a lavish Scientology wedding in Rome in November 2006 at which the church’s leader David Miscavige was Tom Cruise’s best man – he was even said to have accompanied the couple on honeymoon.
Six months earlier, Katie Holmes had given birth to Suri amid rumors she had gone through a “silent birth” (Scientologists insist mothers should not scream or shout out in pain during labor in order for babies to be born in a calm environment).
And for anyone who imagines such tales are merely colorful myths, Kelly Preston, the wife of fellow celebrity Scientologist John Travolta, publicly admits she went through a silent birth with their son Benjamin in 2010.
But within a year of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ wedding, which had received the blessing of the church’s hierarchy, the marriage was in trouble, with Katie having doubts about the sect’s all-consuming influence over her life.
In 2007, Katie Holmes stood up for herself and insisted on sacking her Scientology-hired “spiritual minder” Jessica Rodriguez, who was tasked with accompanying the actress 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and sitting in on interviews she gave about her marriage.
Even so, one former Scientologist, who was employed at its head- quarters in Clearwater, Florida, said that around the same time David Miscavige persuaded Katie Holmes to attend a Scientology boot camp at the organization’s Gold Base centre in Hemet, California, which is used for those having doubts about their faith.
At the 700-acre property, disciples are expected to exist on little food or sleep and detox by drinking vinegar mixed with calcium and magnesium.
They are also required to go through intense “auditing” sessions. The process is supposed to clear the mind of “engrams”, the Scientology term for painful experiences that block spiritual growth.
But throughout the marriage, Tom Cruise’s attempts to persuade his much younger wife to submit fully to the teachings of the church have met with resistance.
In 2008, two of the most influential figures in Tom Cruise’s circle, his mother Mary Lee and sister Cass – both devout Scientologists – mysteriously moved out of Cruise’s sprawling LA compound.
Tom Cruise put them up temporarily in an apartment at a Scientology-owned building on Hollywood Boulevard, which he largely funded through donations totalling millions of dollars.
At the time, Tom Cruise’s PR team insisted Katie Holmes had not thrown them out, but rumors were already rife that tensions with her in-laws had reached breaking point.
Likewise, reliable sources in the U.S. were privately speaking of tensions between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ Catholic mother Kathy and lawyer father Martin, from whom she is said to have sought advice over the divorce.
Increasingly, the salons of Beverly Hills and Bel Air have been full of talk of Tom Cruise’s controlling ways, which are said to have extended to authorizing acting roles for Katie Holmes – who found fame in the TV series Dawson’s Creek – as well as his insistence she should remain pale-skinned, like his second wife Nicole Kidman.
And the couple spent ever longer apart, though officially it was claimed she had begun spending time in Manhattan only for work after appearing in the Arthur Miller play All My Sons on Broadway in 2008.
Throughout, Tom Cruise – who is 50 tomorrow – has publicly done his best to paint an unlikely picture of domestic bliss. As recently as two weeks ago, he was gushing about how lucky he was to be married, speaking at a Friars Club awards ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
Significantly, however, while Suri accompanied her father to the event on one of his infrequent trips to New York, Katie Holmes chose to be nearly 7,000 miles away on business in Beijing.
Tom Cruise had seen his career dip temporarily in the embarrassing wake of his “jumping on the couch” moment, when he excitedly hopped up and down on a TV sofa professing his love for Katie Holmes, his then girlfriend, while being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in 2005.
But he has spent much of the last two years on location in such far-flung places as Dubai, Vancouver and Cadiz shooting the movies Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and Knight And Day with Cameron Diaz.
Quietly, Tom Cruise’s family, particularly his sister Cass – who home-schooled Isabella, 19, and 17-year-old Connor, the children the actor adopted with Nicole Kidman – have begun, say U.S. sources, to exert a greater influence on the upbringing of Suri during the time she spends with her father.
Nicole Kidman has blamed their children’s induction into Scientology for her long-distance relationship with them following her divorce from Tom in 2001. Clearly Katie Holmes does not plan on suffering the same fate with Suri.
An indication that Katie Holmes is prepared to play hardball from the outset comes in the guise of the colorful Allan Mayefsky.
The 58-year-old Harvard graduate was one of the principle legal players in the messy divorce of model and actress Christie Brinkley and her husband Peter Cook, which has become notorious as one of the most bitter of Hollywood break-ups.
New York-based Allan Mayefsky is a shrewd operator who has a habit of airing the grievances of his clients in front of the media.
He is known for demanding an even split of proceeds in divorces and for winning $45 million for the wife of a Wall Street financier in a landmark case in 2003.
Katie Holmes’ legal team also includes Jonathan Wolfe, a partner in the relatively low-profile firm of Skoloff & Wolfe, based in unfashionable New Jersey.
Crucially, Jonathan Wolfe is an expert in what is euphemistically known in American legal circles as “business evaluation” (in plain English, that means he is a terrier when it comes to finding hidden money).
Already specialist forensic accountants, employed by one of the two legal firms she has engaged, are busy untangling the complex web of businesses and trusts that manage Tom Cruise’s estimated $280 million fortune.
They want to establish Tom Cruise’s exact wealth, which suggests Katie Holmes is not prepared to walk away with the relatively modest settlement of $16 million that has been widely quoted – $3 million for every year of their five-year marriage as stipulated in the couple’s 100-page pre-nuptial agreement.