LOS ANGELES – In 2002, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman announced they were divorcing after 10 years of marriage.
On Friday, Katie Holmes announced she was seeking a divorce from Cruise after five.
What's with the multiples of five, many wondered, as the “marriage contract” rumors that have plagued Cruise for many years heated back up.
In the all-important Twitterverse, “Katie Holmes Tom Cruise Divorce” instantly became a trending topic, with fans weighing in with such tongue-in-cheek tweets as “her contract must have only been five years,” “the contract didn’t get renewed” and “I wish them the best upon completion of their successful completion of their five-year contract.”
Prior to their November 2006 nuptials, reports ran rampant that the then-rising actress would receive $3 million a year for each year she was married to the mega movie star. However, no outlet has seen any contract, and its existence has previously been shot down vehemently by the Cruise camp.
“I’ve heard from different sources that there was a contract, but I never got my hands on a contract,” veteran celebrity entertainment reporter Michael Cohen told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “The pictures of Katie and Tom never looked authentic to me; there is something not right about the way they pose. Either they are ‘let’s do the photo,’ or they are too distant. And Katie hasn’t looked happy in a very long time. She does not look like the happy mom married to Hollywood’s leading man."
According to Hollywood psychiatrist and relationship therapist, Dr. Reef Karim, the constant “contract” hearsay – whether true or false – could have added pressure to the marriage.
“Money can make the world a happy place or a miserable place, and when you have money and fame and the deals, competition and often times ‘contracts’ that go along with it, you now have many potential areas of conflict that will ultimately stress a relationship,” he explained.
Holmes' attorney, Jonathan W. Wolfe, confirmed the divorce news and released a statement, saying: “This is a personal matter and private matter for Katie and her family. Katie’s primary concern remains, as it has always been, her daughter’s best interest.” Meanwhile, a rep for Cruise put the ball in his soon-to-be ex-wife’s court: “Katie has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened, and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy to work this out.”
Despite their crumbling marriage, the couple hasn’t shied away from the limelight in recent weeks. Cruise was all-smiles at the recent “Rock of Ages” premiere in Hollywood last month, where FOX411's Pop Tarts column overheard co-star Malin Ackermann ask him if Katie was around.
“She’s in China,” he told her. “But she sends her love.”
Two weeks ago, Cruise was snapped wearing his wedding ring and looking focused while filming scenes for “Jack Reacher” in New York City. This past Wednesday, the high-profile actor was spotted donning a silver spacesuit in Iceland with his eldest son Connor, where he is filming the sci-fi movie “Oblivion.” On that same day, Holmes was sighted looking drained and a little worse-for-wear while out with their daughter in Manhattan, but was also still wearing her ring.
Holmes also visited her husband on his Iceland film set on June 16, but prior to that, the last time the two were spotted together was way back on April 1 in Baton Rouge, La., where they strolled hand-in-hand while sightseeing with Connor, Suri and Holmes’ parents.
And while the Cruise/Holmes divorce seems to be peppered with more mayhem and mystery than most Hollywood style divorces, some say we’ll probably never really know the whole story.
“The fact that Katie filed for divorce while Tom is as far away as Iceland, begs the question of how dominated she must have felt both by his stardom and his presence around the house. One can only speculate that one way or another that Tom must have broken a hell of an important rule for her,” added celebrity life strategist, Suzannah Galland. “What happened between Tom and Katie, we will probably never know. But we can guess with certainty that the source of the rupture is very serious.”
Reps for Cruise and Holmes did not respond to a request for further comment.