Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes break up as actress files for divorce

Tom Cruise and Katie Homes have broken after the brunette actress filed for divorce which has reportedly left the legendary actor 'deeply saddened.'

katie holmes tom cruiseKatie Homes has filed for divorce from Tom Cruise. Copyright [WENN]

Katie Holmes
' lawyer confirmed the news to People magazine and also revealed it was the former Dawson Creek star who requested the split.

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The announcement brings a close to one of the most high-profile relationships in showbiz and comes in the wake of Hollywood hard-hitters Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis also parting ways.

katie holmes tom cruiseKatie and Tom part ways after five years of marriage. Copyright [WENN]

Katie is believed to have filed for sole custody of the couple's six-year-old daughter, Suri Cruise although reports suggest there may well be a battle beginning between the two stars.

The 33-year-old's lawyer 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 has also confirmed the news, cementing a very sad time for the showbiz world.

katie holmesKaite Holmes wants sole custody of the couple's daughter, Suri. Copyright [WENN]

The rep said: "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."

The news must no doubt be an added blow to Tom, who has clocked up three failed marriages, his first to Mini Rogers which ended in 1990, and the second to Nicole Kidman who he has two adopted children with.

On the legal documents Katie has cited 'irreconcilable differences' for the breakdown of her five-year marriage although reports suggest the star was livid when her husband posed for W magazine topless with two girls wrapped around him licking his face.

This followed a reportedly turbulent time for the pair where they allegedly fell out over Tom's decision to celebrate his 50th on the set of his new movie, Oblivion, in Iceland than with his family.

katie holmes and tom cruiseKatie Holmes did not attend any of Tom's premieres for Rock of Ages. Copyright [WENN]

The couple had not been photographed together since April and Katie has failed to appear at any 'Rock of Ages' premieres  - the latest project for the star.

It's thought Katie and Tom had a pre-nuptial agreement which will help make the process of dividing their £175 million somewhat easier.

We hope they can solve matters amicably for the sake of their daughter.