But if they weren’t real, why would they be all over each other? The most common story line, soon purveyed from TMZ to Us Weekly to E!
And everyone’s like, Wow, this is real—because no one believes it’s real. There were only five people waiting for the bathroom.” Soon, though, the make-out session started to take on a different complexion. Who goes out and has a make-out session with their wife? By the end, I was just confused.” When news broke online, on June 29, that Holmes had filed for divorce, it seemed an inevitable denouement to everyone except Cruise, who told people he’d been “blindsided” by the news.
“Silent birth,” a Scientology practice, was something Cruise was “forcing [Holmes] into … In March 2011, Holmes told an interviewer, “Our relationship is great.” By the end of the year, though, a subtle shift had occurred in Holmes’s interviews, as she seemed to downplay Cruise’s role in her life.
on a boat” (Star), and the couple’s derelict failure to cough up Baby Suri for the hungering cameras in her first several months led to ominous speculation (birth defects? In a November article for Marie Claire, Galt Niederhoffer, who had directed Holmes in The Romantics, profiled the actress, calling her “a devoted wife and mother” and noting, without irony, that one of her and Holmes’s favorite BFF pastimes was “devising stories about people we do not know.” The sole reference to Cruise was a simple “husband Tom,” and there was a foreshadowing quote: “I feel ready. I’m excited to begin a new phase: roles I might have been afraid to play, places I want to travel with my daughter.” Cruise seemed not to have gotten the memo. This is the biggest story in the world right now, and the last week has seen a rotating encampment of Telephoto-wielding freelancers, who wait hours to get a shot of Holmes and/or Suri outside the Chelsea Mercantile building on Seventh Avenue, where Holmes has rented an apartment.
In quick succession, Holmes fired her manager, her agent, and her publicist.
On the promotional tour for her movie, she was accompanied by a Scientology “handler,” who, when Holmes paused before answering an interviewer’s question about how she felt about Cruise, fed her the line: “You adore him.” Holmes then said, “I feel so lucky and so—like I’ve been given such a gift.” The narrative quickly forked into parallel stories connected only by the names of their main characters.
“Because that’s what Tom Cruise does,” the husband says. There were reports of disposable cell phones, fired security staff and publicists, a secretly rented apartment in a strategic jurisdiction.
The other, peddled by Cruise and Holmes, was a saccharine fairy tale.Cruise then arranged a press conference to disseminate the news. Sixty-three percent of respondents in a People magazine poll said they believed the relationship was a publicity stunt.