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Katie Holmes paid $3 million a year to stay married


After 5 years, a scientology marriage ceremony, a daughter born during a silent birth, endless chatter about their age difference, countless red carpet appearances and a declaration of love, live on Oprah – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are splitting.

Once you have a standalone ‘couple name’ ala Brad and Angelina, then there really is no question that you’ve made it in Hollywood. And yesterday brought the news that ‘Tomkat’ is no more.

The split had everyone talking about the future custody arrangements for their daughter Suri and whether Katie would break with the Church of Scientology. But today the media circus moves on… to the pre-nup.

The Courier Mail reports:

The details? For each year the couple stay married, the Dawson’s Creek actress collects $3 million – to a maximum of $33 million after 11 years – as well as their palatial home in California.

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

After filing for divorce less than six years later, according to the agreement, Holmes 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, Holmes is expected to seek more and there is already speculation as to how much she will collect when the papers are signed.

TMZ are quoting that the famously controlling Tom Cruise, has said that he is ‘very sad’ about his wife’s decision and ‘did not see this coming’.

TMZ reports:

Katie Holmes is the one who filed for divorce and Tom Cruise was “blindsided” by Katie’s legal move … TMZ has learned.

Tom’s rep has released a statement saying, “Kate 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.”

So what’s next for Suri Cruise, the 6-year-old fashionista with the multimillion dollar wardrobe, who is almost has famous as her celebrity parents? Leslie Gornstein from E! Online says:

I spoke to several high-powered celebrity divorce attorneys who have been following the split. If you buy some of the tabloid reports, Katie may or may not be seeking sole custody of Suri and she may have filed in New York.

If she did file in the Big Apple, that’s a very telling fact, I am told.

Suri reportedly attends a Scientology-influenced school in California. The logical takeaway if Katie filed in New York? She may want her daughter out of that school, too.