In what was surely an Oscar-worthy performance in both acting and directing, the clever Kat orchestrated one of the swiftest divorce settlements and custody battles in history for such a wealthy, high-profile, celebrity couple. There is little doubt that the "Mission Impossible" star was surprised and genuinely "blindsided" by the late June call notifying him of the divorce filing. And for good reason.
New reports state that that 33-year-old mother of Suri used disposable phones to talk to lawyers without any of the "Knight and Day" star's people catching wind of her secret plan. That she was prepared to litigate the divorce in three different states. That she had been privately seeking advice and moral support from Cruise's ex, Nicole Kidman . And that her own father, a divorce attorney in Ohio, flew into NYC two days before she called Cruise to help strategize the split.
Not to mention that the "Top Gun" actor had been exuberant about his love for the former "Dawson's Creek" star to People magazine just days before news of the separation broke. Saying that his perfect day is spending "time with Kate." That both of the actors had been recently photographed in public happily wearing their wedding bands -- Cruise on June 6, and Holmes on June 21, just days before her father flew to New York. And rumors reported in the National Enquirer that the "Jack and Jill" star and daughter Suri had flown to Iceland on a private jet to be with the "Oblivion" actor on the set over Father's Day weekend.
However, 'Jerry Maguire' isn't the only celebrity to be surprised by an ambush divorce.
What goes around comes around. In a karmic twist of fate, it was the "Eyes Wide Shut" star who did the ambushing in his second marriage to his "Days of Thunder" co-star. Just two months after the power couple renewed their wedding vows on their 10-year-anniversary, 'Maverick' pulled the rug out from under his spouse. Kidman, who had recently suffered a miscarriage, was "stunned " by the news that he no longer wanted to be married. The actress broke down on the Oprah Winfrey's talk show, referring to the whole situation as "a nightmare."
In 2010, Grammy award-winning musician Ben Harper blindsided the "Enlightened" star by filing for divorce and citing irreconcilable differences. After two years of trying to reconcile the marriage, the Golden Globe-winning actress was through with appeasement and filed for divorce earlier this week .
Just 72 days after their televised $10 million wedding, Kim Kardashian severed the bonds of marriage with the NBA power forward. Reportedly blindsided by the news , Humphries released a statement, saying "I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for divorce...I'm committed to this marriage and everything this covenant represents, and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to make it work."
The former "Beverly Hills: 90210" star was shocked when her 'Twilight' husband Peter Facinelli filed for divorce after 11 years of marriage that produced three daughters. The separation played out in the middle of the promotion for her new CMT reality TV series "Jennie Garth: Little Bit Country."
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