- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It always seemed more than a little weird, didn’t it? The whirlwind romance of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes with its very public, very emphatic proclamations of love. It all occurred too quickly and too loudly to seem real.

Now, after nearly six years of marriage, Holmes is divorcing Cruise. She filed the papers on Thursday, said Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields. The two share a daughter, 6-year-old Suri, who’s been featured in celebrity media nearly as frequently as her parents.

But it’s telling that even in addressing their split in the typically vague fashion of famous people, Cruise still refers to Holmes by the name he called her: Kate, as if to distance her from the adorable Katie audiences came to know and love from the teen soap “Dawson’s Creek.”

“Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children,” Cruise’s representative, Amanda Lundberg, told The Associated Press. “Please allow them their privacy to work this out.”

Holmes‘ attorney, Jonathan Wolfe, made a similar plea Friday: “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.”

But we’ve never been able to leave them alone _ and even if we tried, they probably wouldn’t let us.

Theirs was a bond that never really made sense on paper, despite Cruise’s famously euphoric couch-jumping on “The Oprah Winfrey” show and Holmes‘ starry-eyed confession that she’d had a crush on the “Top Gun” star when she was a girl. Cruise turns 50 on Tuesday, Holmes is 33.

They’d kiss passionately for the benefit of photographers on red carpets and were all-too happy to share the romantic details of their engagement: He popped the question at the Eiffel Tower in Paris early one morning in June 2005. The wedding itself in November 2006 was a fairy-tale, A-list extravaganza at a 15th century Italian castle before a Church of Scientology minister.

So why didn’t we believe them? Maybe because it always felt like they were trying so hard to prove to the world they were in love.

“I can’t be cool. I can’t be laid-back,” Cruise said during his notorious “Oprah” appearance. “Something happened and I want to celebrate it.”

Cruise has two children with his previous wife, Nicole Kidman. The actor was also previously married to Mimi Rogers. This was Holmes‘ first marriage.

Cruise showed up alone at recent premieres of the musical film “Rock of Ages,” in which he’s earning strong reviews for his performance as an Axl Rose-style lead singer. Holmes also was absent earlier this month when Cruise received the fourth-ever Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award. He said at the time that Holmes was overseas and the family would reunite in Iceland for Father’s Day.

Yet a year ago, in receiving an award from Women in Film, Holmes thanked Cruise in the audience, saying his “commitment to his work and family inspires me daily.”

Before the relationship, Holmes had drawn acclaim for her work in films like “Wonder Boys” and “Pieces of April.” And Cruise was … well, he was Cruise, one of the biggest stars on the planet. But the marriage, and the general speculation about its legitimacy, seemed to hurt both their images.

It was around the time of the “Oprah” appearance that Sumner Redstone and Paramount broke ties with Cruise after their long relationship. Cruise’s company, Cruise/Wagner Productions, then signed a deal with First & Goal LLC.

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