Tom Cruise 'jets out of Iceland for the U.S. under the cover of darkness on 50th birthday'
16:00 GMT, 3 July 2012
Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise secretly left Iceland in the very early hours of this morning, it has been claimed.
The actor boarded his private jet at the Reykjavik airport around 2am on July 3 – his 50th birthday – and headed back to the U.S., sources tell America's Us Weekly magazine.
Tom was expected to spend the milestone occasion in the Nordic country but decided to return to California, where he owns a $30 million mansion in Beverly Hills, following the bombshell news last week that his wife Katie Holmes is divorcing him.
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Not a very happy birthday: Tom Cruise, pictured yesterday, is said to have left Iceland in the early hours of this morning
Mission possible: The actor left Reykjavik airport around 2am on July 3 – his 50th birthday – according to sources
One of estranged couple's final arguments is said to have been over where Cruise was going to spend his birthday.
He told the 33-year-old actress that he was planning to be on the set of his latest film Oblivion, in Iceland, and that seems to have been the last straw.
Sources say Cruise wanted Holmes to fly to see him on location, but that she turned him down.
'He begged her to come to Iceland… for one last try at reconciliation,' one source said. She refused, and a 'huge fight ensued,' Us reported.
The smile that says I'm free: Katie Holmes emerged in New York yesterday looking up beat while Tom (right) had a face like thunder
Holmes has now moved out of the New York apartment she shared with Cruise
in Manhattan and into a new property in the city with her daughter. The
three-bedroom residence costs around $12,000-a-month to rent.
She stepped out for the first time
without her wedding and engagement bands yesterday.
She was photographed in New York City as she left a Project Runway
taping and noticeably had no jewellery on her left ring finger as she
lifted her hand to touch her hair while inside a car.
Cruise, who was joined in Iceland by his son Connor, 17, is expected to met with his lawyers in the coming days as they weigh up how to respond to Holmes's divorce papers.
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Meanwhile, Holmes has reportedly fired her security team because they were too close to her estranged husband.
The bodyguard and driver – who worked for Tom before he met his third wife – were last seen with Katie on June 26 but have not been spotted with her since.
It is not known if they are affiliated with Scientology, the religion which is believed to be the reason behind Katie's decision to leave Cruse.
She was concerned he wanted to send their daughter to Scientology camp, Sea Org.
Those on board the ship are required to commit themselves to the quasi-religious sect for a billion years and allegedly asked to disconnect from any non-believers.
However, a lawyer representing Scientology has claimed no one under 16 is allowed to join the cruise liner, adding 'consent of both parents and/or all legal guardians' must be given before anyone is allowed to board.
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