The 2006 marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes was a hot topic in Hollywood, but their divorce proceedings became even more sensational.
As with many celebrity divorces, their prenuptial agreement took centre stage, and it had some surprising terms, especially considering Tom Cruise's substantial fortune.
In 2012, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes finalized their divorce just 11 days after filing, marking one of the quickest celebrity divorce settlements. The former couple shares a daughter named Suri, while Tom Cruise has two other children, Connor and Isabella, from his previous marriage to Nicole Kidman.
Katie Holmes received significant attention for her prenuptial agreement with Tom Cruise. According to The Daily Mail, she received $400,000 annually in child support from the Hollywood star. The agreement stipulated that she would not receive any spousal support, but Tom Cruise was obligated to pay $33,000 per month in child support until Suri turned 18.
Additionally, he was responsible for covering Suri's medical and dental expenses, as well as her insurance. This arrangement raised eyebrows because Tom Cruise's net worth was estimated at $250 million at the time, and it has since grown to $600 million.
Reports also indicated that Katie Holmes would receive their $35 million Beverly Hills home if they ever separated. While their divorce did happen, Katie ultimately secured child support and custody of Suri.
Tom Cruise expressed his surprise at the settlement, stating in 2013, "I didn't expect it."
At the time of their divorce, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes released an official statement, emphasizing their commitment to co-parenting and their desire to keep family matters private. A source close to the situation revealed that Katie Holmes felt she was losing herself during her marriage to Cruise and wanted to regain her identity.