Well that was fast! Less than two weeks after Katie Holmes "blindsided" Tom Cruise with one helluva well-orchestrated escape divorce filing, the two have signed a divorce agreement. I repeat, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are officially divorced! I now pronounce you man and not-wife. You may now kiss her ass.
Tom and Katie (who shall henceforth never again be referred to as "TomKat") have not yet released details about the settlement. But Holmes' attorney, Jonathan Wolfe, who says he is "thrilled for Katie and her family," thanked Tom's lawyers "for their professionalism and diligence that helped bring about this speedy resolution." And all joking aside, it's fantastic news for everyone that this divorce was settled so quickly. A quickie divorce was exactly what all three of the Cruise-Holmes family members needed.
These celeb divorces can drag on forever -- right Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger? Heck, even non-celebrity divorces can take a long time when the couple dig in their heels and refuse to compromise. And that can take a toll on the whole family, especially any children caught in the middle.
It was definitely in Tom's best interest to be the good guy and settle things in a civilized fashion with Katie. He was getting slain in the press. His ties with Scientology, the gay rumors -- it was getting ugly. What 50-year-old needs that?
As stressful as Katie's life reportedly was leading up to the divorce, I'm sure she just had a big iron lump in her belly at the thought of a long court battle. Against Team Cruise? So stressful. I'm so glad that her new life can begin already.
But most importantly, I'm glad for Suri. I would not be surprised if it turns out they share custody of their daughter in some way -- even if Katie has primary custody. I'm sure this has been a big shock to her. Maybe she picked up on the tension building between her parents. Kids usually do. But those words, "we're getting a divorce," can still send their world spinning. It's so important for kids in divorcing families to still see their parents cooperating together peacefully instead of creating a horrible tug-of-war with their child.
Here's the joint statement Katie and Tom released. Notice how they put working toward Suri's best interests first!
We are committed to working together as parents to accomplishing what is in our daughter Suri's best interests. We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other's commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other's roles as parents.
Were you surprised to see how quickly Katie and Tom settled their divorce?
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