Tom Cruise takes off in helicopter from Iceland in first sighting since Katie Holmes filed for divorce


Frozen out: First pictures of Tom Cruise since wife Katie Holmes filed for divorce as actor is spotted in Iceland without family

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20:31 GMT, 30 June 2012

Tom Cruise was seen for the first time today after news broke that his wife Katie Holmes had filed for divorce, putting an end to their picture-perfect, five-year marriage,

Hiding his eyes behind aviator shades, the Hollywood veteran, 49, glowered as he took a helicopter ride from the set of his latest film Oblivion in Iceland.

The actor was seen in the passenger seat of a private helicopter flying out of Reykjavik airport.

The show must go on: Tom Cruise was spied on a helicopter, taking off from Reykjavik airport, following his divorce from Katie Holmes

The show must go on: Tom Cruise took off
from Reykjavik airport, following his divorce from Katie Holmes

It is unknown if Tom was being taken
back to the production of the sci-fi movie or returning to New York in a
bid to call off the divorce which his 33-year-old wife demanded this week.

Meanwhile, Katie has reportedly been planning the bombshell for weeks, with Radar reporting she 'secretly rented a Manhattan apartment to move into with Suri once the papers dropped'.

The couple sensationally revealed they are divorcing on Friday, despite depicting the image of the perfect Hollywood family.

Cruise, 49, said he was ‘deeply saddened’ that his younger wife, 33, had filed for a separation.

He
revealed the former Dawson's Creek actress had initiated the split,
bringing a dramatic end to one of Tinseltown's most high-profile
romances.

Worlds apart: Tom has been filming his latest sci-fi film Oblivion in Iceland

Worlds apart: Tom has been filming his latest sci-fi film Oblivion in Iceland

In a surprise move, Miss Holmes is understood to have filed for sole custody of the couple's daughter Suri, six.

'This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family,' Holmes's lawyer Jonathan Wolfe said in a statement to People magazine.

'Katie's primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter's best interest.'

A spokesperson for Cruise said: 'Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children.'

The actress filed documents in New York this week citing 'irreconcilable differences'.

Split: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing after five years together

Split: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing after five years together

Separate lives: Katie and her daughter Suri were spotted in New York yesterday

Separate lives: Katie and her daughter Suri were spotted in New York yesterday

Separate lives: Katie and her daughter Suri were spotted in New York yesterday

Focused on work: Tom was pictured on filming his new movie Oblivion in Iceland on Wednesday

Focused on work: Tom was pictured on filming his new movie Oblivion in Iceland on Wednesday

SURI IN THE MIDDLE

In the middle: Suri Cruise

A bitter custody battle is set to break out between Tom and Katie over their young daughter, Suri (pictured in New York last week).

The actress is seeking sole legal custody and primary residential custody of the six-year-old, and a 'suitable amount of child support'.

She even filed for divorce in New York – rather than California – because the East Coast state doesn't like giving feuding parents joint power to make decisions for their children, according to TMZ.

But sources say the actor may mount a fight to bring the case to California, which favors joint legal custody.

They have suggested that Tom's absence – he has been on a promotional tour and filming he's new movie – was started to take a toll on his young daughter's behaviour.

The estranged couple are raising Suri in accordance with the doctrine of the Church of Scientology – treating her as an adult, free to make her own decisions.

But there is now speculation Katie no longer wants her daughter to follow the controversial religion.

She has asked for legal custody, primary
residential custody and a 'suitable amount' of child support from her
husband, TMZ reports.

Miss Holmes is also asking for a
division of property in the divorce documents, although there is a
significant pre-nuptial agreement that is based on California law.

The couple are worth around $275 million – much of that owing to Tom's box office success.

The terms of the pre-nup are understood to be clear – for each year the couple stay married, the Dawson's Creek actress collects $3million – to a maximum of $33 million after 11 years – as well as their palatial home in California.

If their marriage had lasted more than 11 years, Holmes would have received half of Cruises’s reportedly $250 million fortune.

After filing for divorce less than six years later, according to the agreement, Katie should only be entitled to $15 million as well as the couple's $35 million Beverly Hills Mansion

But with an estate worth upwards of $275 million, Katie is expected to seek much more and there is already intense speculation as to how much she will collect when the papers are signed.

Cruise is believed to have 'not seen' the divorce coming.

But sources insist that she did tell her husband of five-and-a-half years that she was filing for divorce – but she didn’t give him a chance to control the spread of the news, as he did with Nicole Kidman.

The fact that she issued a solo statement speaks of some heat around the final extinguishing of the marriage.

The pair have not been seen together in public for almost three months – they were last pictured on April 5 while in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Miss Holmes failed to turn up to at
any of the worldwide premieres of her husband’s latest film Rock of
Ages, despite Cruise’s constant protestations of love for his wife.

The
final arguments seem to have been over where Cruise would spend
his 50th birthday on Tuesday. He told her that he was planning to be on
the set of his latest film Oblivion and that seems to have
been the last straw.

The
statuesque brunette had frequently been pictured looking drawn and
exhausted during her marriage. One Hollywood source said she had been
‘utterly miserable with Tom for months, if not years’.

Apart: Katie, seen here with Suri on June 26, did not join Tom, pictured right on June 8, as he promoted Rock of Ages

Apart: Katie, seen here with Suri on June 26, did not join Tom, pictured right on June 8, as he promoted Rock of Ages

Apart: Katie, seen with Suri on June 26, did not join Tom, seen here on June 8, as he promoted Rock of Ages

Indeed, the row over his birthday
followed another bust-up over what Miss Holmes felt were embarrassingly
bad taste pictures of him on the cover of W magazine last month.

He was dressed – or rather undressed –
as the rock star Stacee Jaxx, the character he plays in Rock of Ages.
Two half-dressed blondes were wrapped around him, one licking his face.

Miss Holmes, a nice girl from Ohio who
is nevertheless very aware of why Cruise feels the need to play the
macho card in public, was apparently ‘speechless’ with disgust and felt
the pictures laid both of them open to ridicule.

Carrying the load: Katie has been left looking after Suri on her own this month - pictured here on June 14, June 19 and June 22

Carrying the load: Katie has been left looking after Suri on her own this month - pictured here on June 14, June 19 and June 22

Carrying the load: Katie has been left looking after Suri on her own this month - pictured here on June 14, June 19 and June 22

Carrying the load: Katie has been left looking after Suri on her own this month – pictured here on June 14, June 19 and June 22

Team Cruise: The actor's son Connor was spotted boarding a helicopter in Reykjavik, Iceland, today

Team Cruise: The actor's son Connor was spotted boarding a helicopter in Reykjavik, Iceland, today

The marriage has been in such poor shape that for the past year they have led almost entirely separate lives.

Miss Holmes has chosen to stay with Suri in Cruise’s New York apartment while he has travelled the world working.

The little girl has been her constant
and only companion. They are often out together until late, and Miss
Holmes – who gave up all the threads of her old life to become Mrs Tom
Cruise – seems to have no other friends at all.

A shopping and sundries budget reputed to run at $125,000-a- month (80,000) could only keep her amused for so long.

One Hollywood source said: ‘It
was an open secret that she was utterly miserable with Tom, and had been
for months if not years. They really couldn’t drag out the pretence any
longer.’

Another source added: ‘Katie spent
her time avoiding him, and they rowed terribly.’ When Cruise was filming
Rock of Ages in Miami, Miss Holmes came along with Suri and they made a
family holiday of it. But since then they have spent no more than a
handful of nights under the same roof.

Miss Holmes, who used to have a
poster of Cruise on her bedroom wall, found that being married to an
intense, workaholic, and deeply religious megastar was no picnic.

No sign of trouble: The couple smiled and held hands in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in one of the last pictures of them together

No sign of trouble: The couple smiled and held hands in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in one of the last pictures of them together

Cover boy: Tom's pose on W magazine is said to have infuriated Katie

Cover boy: Tom's pose on W magazine is said to have infuriated Katie

Those close to her said that she felt he wasn’t putting any effort into her or the marriage.

Her once promising film career – she
had been the love interest in Batman Begins – had been stifled. Roles
evaporated. She ended up trying to find work as a fashion designer,
endorsing the line Holmes and Yang.

The bigger picture is that this is
the end of the third of Cruise’s marriages and a spectacular failure of
his strategy to relaunch himself as a ‘regular guy’.

And if the union was supposed to
cease gossip about Cruise and his personal life, in particular rumours
of his homosexuality – always denied – it failed utterly.

The couple’s 2006 Italian wedding was
choreographed like a massive movie premiere, with more bodyguards than
guests and the ultimate goal seemingly the fantastically romantic images
which were released to the media of the A list star and his pretty
bride.

This came in the wake of the president of Paramount Sumner Redstone complaining that women found the actor ‘creepy.’

Dream wedding: The pair married in an Italian castle in 2006

Dream wedding: The pair married in an Italian castle in 2006

MARRIAGE: IMPOSSIBLE

Katie issued a solo statement announcing the couple's divorce, hinting at some heat around the final extinguishing of the marriage.

Holmes's attorney Jonathan Wolf said: 'This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family. Katie's primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter's best interest.'

Tom's spokesperson soon responded and made it clear it was the actress who ended the relationship.

'Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children,' the statement read. 'Please allow them their privacy to work this out.'

When the romance began – Katie had
met Tom to discuss the possibility of appearing in Mission Impossible
III – she was immediately sent on an intensive and lengthy study course
about Scientology, the religion founded by sci-fi author L Ron Hubbard
in 1954, which holds that humans are descended from an exiled race of
aliens called Thetans.

She was ‘audited’ by Scientology
counsellors, and unlike Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman before her, has
totally embraced the movement.

Cruise proposed on June 17, 2005 on
the top of the Eiffel Tower following a famously embarrassing
declaration of his love on Oprah Winfrey’s show, where he jumped up on
the couch yelling ‘I’m in love, I’m in love, I can’t be cool, I can’t be
laid back.’

Despite earlier reports that there
would be a Roman Catholic ceremony of some sort – Katie was born a
Catholic – it was a Scientology wedding. What’s more it was conducted by
David Miscavige, Tom Cruise’s best friend who is the head of the
movement.

Crazy in love: Tom, giddy over his budding relationship with Katie, famously jumped on Oprah Winfrey's couch in 2005

Crazy in love: Tom, giddy over his budding relationship with Katie, famously jumped on Oprah Winfrey's couch in 2005

Suri's first shoot: The couple presented their daughter to the world on the cover of Vanity Fair in 2006, five months after her birth

Suri's first shoot: The couple presented their daughter to the world on the cover of Vanity Fair in 2006, five months after her birth

From the outset Miss Holmes struggled
to ever settle in their Los Angeles mansion. Cass Mapother is a key
figure here, Tom’s sister – and she and her three sons share the house
with Tom and his two adopted children Connor, 17, and Isabella, 19. But Miss
Holmes never felt that the massive mansion, stuffed with bodyguards, was
her home. Everyone who came through the doors was a Scientologist.

His devotion to the religion meant
that he was widely regarded as ‘weird’. Andrew Morton unauthorised
biography repeated claims that Suri was thought by some to have been
conceived using the frozen sperm of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
This suggestion infuriated Cruise, friends describing it as ‘sick,
offensive and very upsetting’.

You wonder, though, if he will be all the more damaged still by what has happened to Katie Holmes.

Before they met she was a natural
beauty, and her physical decline in the five and a half years that
followed is almost shockingly obvious.

How will Tom – the sofa jumper who wants so desperately to be loved – ever get over this