Tom Cruise has spoken out about his divorce from Katie Holmes for the first time, according to new reports.
As the Mission Impossible actor heads to court over matters regarding the very publicised split, he appears to have admitted that Scientology did play a part in Katie’s decision to seperate.
Filing a $50 million (£31m) lawsuit against two US magazines over stories that claimed he had abandoned his daughter Suri, Tom’s thoughts on the separation have been heard for the first time.
The star’s new revelation has been heard in a 48-page transcription leaked to RadarOnline, in which Tom comes head to head with the magazine’s lawyers.
In the documents, the 51-year-old actor maintains that he has ‘remained’ close to the 7-year-old daughter he shares with Katie Holmes, who is set for a role in the 50 Shades Of Grey film.
The leaked transcription shows Tom being questioned by the magazine’s attorney Elizabeth McNamara. Asking him if Katie’s descision to seperate was ‘in part to protect Suri from Scientology’, he responds abruptly: ‘Listen, I find that question offensive. I find it, those statements offensive. Like with any relationship, there are many different levels to it. You know, I, I find it offensive. There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion.’
He’s questioned further by Elizabeth, who says: ‘And Ms Holmes has never indicated in any way that was one of the reasons she left you? To protect Suri from Scientology?’
With Tom said to answer: ‘Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes.’
When then asked: ‘Is Suri currently practicing Scientology?’ he simply snapped ‘NO’.
After more grilling over his relationship with Suri, he confirmed he hadn’t seen her for five months between June and November 2012.
Tom Cruise’s court case against In Touch and Life & Style for libel and defamation is expected to go to court next year.
Oh dear. And we thought relationships were hard enough in the real world.
By Jessica Bridgeman