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Redstone was recently quoted by The Hollywood Reporter as saying that he “actually fired Tom. His behavior was terrible … He was jumping on the couch on the Oprah show. Women hated him. A lot of people said they would never come back and see Tom Cruise.”

Kelly Lynch, editor of the pop-culture website Socialite Life, noted Friday the August 2005 W Magazine cover story on Holmes in which a woman described as Holmes‘ “Scientology chaperone” sat in on the interview and chimed in on her responses, even though Holmes herself was consistently ebullient about Cruise.

The chaperone also deflected particularly pointed or uncomfortable questions about rumors that this love might not be real.

“She wasn’t Joey from `Dawson’s Creek’ anymore,” Lynch said. “It was almost like the life had been sucked out of her when she started dating him.”

Her first film back, the 2008 heist comedy “Mad Money,” was a critical and commercial failure. That same year, Cruise came out as the eyepatch-wearing star of the Nazi thriller “Valkyrie,” which drew mixed reviews but still made $200 million worldwide.

Holmes‘ recent films include Adam Sandler’s “Jack and Jill” and the Emmy-winning mini-series “The Kennedys,” in which she played Jackie Kennedy. Cruise, meanwhile, starred in the fourth film in the “Mission: Impossible” series, “Mission: Impossible _ Ghost Protocol,” which has made more than $690 million worldwide.

Lynch said she was surprised by the demise of the duo dubbed “TomKat” because she figured that, no matter what, Cruise and Holmes would always try to maintain the meticulously crafted image that they were the perfect couple.

“Despite some of my reservations about the relationship, I thought they were happy to kind of swim along as man and wife, despite reports in every sort of magazine that they weren’t getting along, that Katie is trapped in the marriage,” Lynch said. “But I never truly believed that they were truly in love. It felt very arranged.”

How the divorce impacts either of their images or careers remains to be seen, said veteran celebrity publicist Howard Bragman.

“They’re both going to be defined by their choices. Tom was never really defined by the marriage. Tom was defined by Tom. He’s such a force of nature,” he said. “A single Tom Cruise is an interesting phenomenon. I think we’ll be hearing about him dating.

Katie will be fine. I think this raises her to a new level. I think she’ll get more active in her career,” Bragman added. “She’s got talent, beauty, a good family, a good support system, good Midwestern values _ these things are all going to serve her. I think mostly she’s a good mother. That’s what I respect her most for.”


AP Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle contributed to this report from New York.