Was Tom Cruise Totally Blindsided by His Divorce from Katie Holmes?

In a new sound byte from Tom Cruise, the actor reveals that he didn't see his divorce from Katie Holmes coming. But is the quote real, or made up?

Was Tom Cruise Totally Blindsided by His Divorce from Katie Holmes?

In a new sound byte from Tom Cruise, the actor reveals that he didn’t see his divorce from Katie Holmes coming. But is the quote real, or made up?

-Lucia Peters

Tom Cruise

When relationships end, sometimes it’s obvious to both parties involved that it’s something that needs to happen. Sometimes, however, it’s not—and it appears that in the case of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Tom had absolutely no idea that it was coming.

In a quote currently making the Internet rounds, Tom supposedly opens up about the divorce in an interview geared towards promoting his new film, Oblivion. He allegedly says, “I did not expect that. [I’ve had] an incredible amount of time to reflect. Life is a challenge. To be 50 and have experiences and think you have everything under control, and then it hits you—that’s what life is… Life is tragicomic. You need a certain sense of humor.”

Makes a certain amount of sense, no? To be fair, at the time, it did seem that Katie had very quietly been laying the groundwork for the divorce—so quietly that although most of us always felt there was something a little bizarre about the relationship, it still came as something of a surprise. As such, it probably took Tom by surprise as well.

There seems to be some dispute about where this sound byte came from—or, in fact, whether it’s real at all. Although People originally reported that the quote emerged from an interview Tom gave with German TV network ProSieben, a rep for Tom is now maintaining that the quotes were either taken out of context or fabricated—and furthermore, that the interviewer, Steven Gaetjen, says that he didn’t ask Tom about Katie or the divorce. According to the Hollywood Reporter, however, the quote appears in a German TV entertainment magazine called Taff. So which is it? True? Not true? Television interview? Magazine interview? Mystery! Intrigue! Drama!

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In the event that there IS some truth to the words, THR points out that it’s interesting Tom decided to open up about his personal life in Germany—“a country where Scientology is often viewed with great suspicion.” Not that it’s not viewed with great suspicion in the US, but when you think of the show biz side of Scientology’s major players, not too many of them—if any—are German. Tom is, however, both a prominent spokesman for Scientology and a huge star in Germany; his image over there was helped along by 2008’s Valkyrie, in which Tom played Claus von Stauffenberg, who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944. Putting two and two together, it’s possible that his choosing that particular location to open up might partially be a gambit to sway views of Scientology towards the positive.

I do also think it’s worth noting that since the split, Tom has been spotted spending time with Suri way more than he had been before. Katie is still Suri’s primary caregiver, which makes sense given that she’s ALWAYS been Suri’s primary caregiver; but it’s good that he’s still making an effort to be in her life—and, in fact, that he might actually be in her life MORE now than he was before the divorce. All speculation on my part based on Paparazzi shots, of course, but food for thought all the same.

Tell us: Do you think there’s any veracity to this little tidbit?

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.

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