Tom Cruise quietly returned to Los Angeles, following a filming spell in Iceland, to spend time with adopted teenage children Connor and Isabella, from his marriage with ex Nicole Kidman.
Tom Cruise, who turned 50 yesterday, was expecting friends and family – including estranged wife Katie Holmes and his only biological child Suri – to flock to him in New York where they lived in an apartment together.
However, after Katie Holmes made a shock decision to file divorce papers last Friday, the powerful king and queen of A-list stardom have now gone their separate ways.
This is believed to be the last picture of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise together, taken in Iceland on June 16
A source told People: “The plan was to spend his birthday with Katie and Suri (in New York City).
“Then they were going to fly to California where he is going to finish Oblivion and spend time there.”
Connor Cruise, 17, openly showed support for his father by tweeting this week: “#LaFamilia Always. Friends Come And Go, But Family Is Forever.”
The insider added: “They were all together, and one of the reasons he came back to California was that he had to take his family back to LA (in the Burbank area).”
To dampen Tom Cruise’s spirits further, is has been reported that the air between the pair is turning sour as Katie Holmes’ lawyers are said to have filed for an emergency custody and child support hearing in New York, which will see the pair come face to face for the first time since their split.
Katie Holmes, 33, has requested sole legal custody and primary physical custody of six-year-old Suri.
However, Katie Holmes seems to have been empowered by the move, venturing out for ice-cream with Suri last night with a smile painted on her face and telling reporters: “I’m alright.”
A hearing on the filing, called an emergent application, has been set for July 17, reports Radar.
Following the news that Katie Holmes is parting ways with the Tom Cruise, new pictures have emerged of the former Dawson’s Creek star before her days of Tom, Suri and Scientology.
In never-seen-before-snaps, Katie Holmes is pictured as a fresh-faced teenager enjoying her teenage years in her hometown of Toledo, Ohio.
Katie Holmes, who has since appeared in the long-running TV series Dawson’s Creek and several movies including Go and Batman Begins, was already an aspiring star appearing on stage as King of Pop Michael Jackson during a school production.
And sources said Katie Holmes was a model student during her time at the posh all girls Notre Dame Academy in the mid 1990s.
In never-seen-before-snaps, Katie Holmes is pictured as a fresh-faced teenager enjoying her teenage years in her hometown of Toledo
There she enjoyed freedom, doing fun things like painting her face and cheerleading from the stands with her friends during volleyball games.
Katie Holmes even dressed up as Tonight Show regular Paul Schaefer for a Halloween prank with friend Jami Miller playing host David Letterman.
The new candid snaps emerged after Katie Holmes sensationally revealed on Friday that she divorcing her husband of fives years Tom, despite the couple depicting the image of the perfect Hollywood family.
Following the news Tom Cruise said he was “deeply saddened” that his younger wife had filed for the separation.
He revealed that Katie Holmes had initiated the split, bringing a dramatic end to one of Tinseltown’s most high-profile romances.
Katie Holmes has asked for sole custody of the couple’s six-year-old daughter Suri.
She has asked for legal custody, primary residential custody and a ‘suitable amount’ of child support from her husband, TMZ has reported.
Today it was revealed that as Katie Holmes’ marriage to Tom Cruise has been dissolved, her every move has been tracked by a team of mystery men.
Unknown people in two cars have been seen tailing Katie Holmes, prompting speculation they are members of the controversial Scientology doctrine.
And it has been claimed this tracking has been going on for weeks – even before Friday’s shock announcement the pair will divorce.
According to TMZ, “there have been several <<mysterious>> men and vehicles around Katie Holmes’ New York apartment and following her when she’s out.
“Specifically … a white Cadillac Escalade and black Mercedes SUV have been seen near Katie’s NYC apartment for the past week.”
Reports claim that there have been several mysterious men and vehicles around Katie Holmes' New York apartment and following her when she's out
The site claims that although a publication has put a tail on Katie Holmes, sources say they believe these cars are not journalists, but their identity has never been established.
It has been claimed life behind closed doors for Katie Holmes was far from the romantic love story her Hollywood husband Tom Cruise painted it to be.
Today it was being suggested the pair had been living in separate sections of their sprawling LA apartment, with Katie Holmes opting to live in a large communal area in the Scientology Celebrity Centre – rather than face her increasingly controlling husband.
After Katie Holmes announced her plans to divorce her husband of five years, their lives have been blown open with a picture of a controlling, often manipulative Tom Cruise emerging – taking charge of his wife’s movie roles, appearance and even changing her name.
The Sunday Mirror reports Tom Cruise told his wife she must be called “Kate” instead of “Katie” and carefully picked her film roles – making sure the starlet didn’t opt for something he didn’t agree with.
Also their building, in the huge towering Scientology complex in LA was carefully guarded with sources revealing “men in suits” stood guarding every door and even “escorting” people to their own rooms.
“Katie was really embarrassed about it and didn’t seem to like people to see the way she lived behind closed doors. Everyone knew they stayed in separate sections of the apartment,” a family friend said.
Cracks began to emerge after Katie Holmes started to fear for her daughter Suri, 6, when she realized Tom Cruise’s devotion to Scientology could not be wavered.
And Katie Holmes, who filed for divorce in New York – where it is thought she stands a better chance of getting custody of Suri, was thought to have “finally snapped” after seeing a shot of her husband posing provocatively on the cover of W magazine with two women draped over him.
But it was his unwavering commitment to following the Scientology doctrine which sowed the seed of discontent according to family and friends.
Under the doctrine a child can make his or her own decisions and Tom Cruise treated his daughter “like a little adult”.
A family friend said: “Tom basically treats Suri as a little adult, however Katie treats her like a six-year-old child, and that causes major clashes.”
“The couple was arguing over Suri.”
The source added to RadarOnline.com: “Katie did not want Tom making all the decisions in Suri’s life, and that’s what was going on. She decided it was high time she started deciding on what was best for her daughter, or at least having an equal say, and she knew that would be impossible if she remained Mrs. Tom Cruise.”
The Spanish aristocrat, Duchesse of Alba took to the red carpet with Tom Cruise at the premiere of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.
Duchesse of Alba, a 85-year-old billionaire, posed for pictures with her 60-year-old husband and Tom Cruise, 49, who looked a little awkward.
The mother-of-six, who has more titles than Queen Elizabeth II, appeared more than happy to cozy up next to Tom Cruise and bask in the Callao cinema in the Spanish town.
While he is yet to turn down a Mission it appeared the prospect of entertaining the eccentric aristocrat for the evening proved too much for Tom Cruise, who appeared happy to get back to his glamorous co-stars.
Paula Patton looked simply stunning in a purple leopard print strapless gown which boasted lace detail.
The actress teamed the dramatic dress with her hair up and matching purple earrings.
The Spanish aristocrat, Duchesse of Alba took to the red carpet with Tom Cruise at the premiere of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
While Tom Cruise has been looking dapper on the red carpet at the other Mission Impossible premieres it appears he decided to dress down for the Spanish screening.
Tom Cruise, who is married to actress turned fashion designer Katie Holmes, opted for a camel coloured leather jacket which he teamed with a cream polo neck and brown trousers.
His British co-star Simon Pegg was dressed in a grey suit which left Tom looking a little out of place.
Despite his casual attire, Tom Cruise was still in high demand from the crowd and many fans were eager to catch a glimpse or snap a photo of the actor.
But it appeared Tom Cruise’s biggest fan for the evening was the Duchess of Alba who was seen gazing at him with a look of admiration on her face.
The Duchess was joined by her 60-year-old husband who she married in a ceremony in October.