Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have issued a joint statement in which they back off one another in the media: “We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri’s best interests. We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other’s commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as parents.”
Which reads like it was written by a church aide. The gist: “We’ll acquiesce, and we’ll also quit the mud slinging.” For the sake of their daughter? No. For the sake of Scientology, money, their careers? Yes.
They confirmed a few hours later: THEY SETTLED.
Her lawyer, Jonathan Wolfe, said in a jubilant statement: “The case has been settled and the agreement has been signed. We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life. This result could not have been achieved without the hard work of my partner Gary Skoloff and our co-counsel Allan Mayefsky, Michael Mosberg and Larry Trachtenberg of Aronson Mayefsky and Sloan and Peter Walzer and Chris Melcher of Walzer & Melcher in California. We thank Tom’s counsel for their professionalism and diligence that helped bring about this speedy resolution.”
According to People.com, the estranged couple have equal legal custody, but Holmes has primary physical custody. Cruise has “generous visitation” rights. But Holmes is the decision-maker and they live in New York City now.
It’s over. The worst of the mud slinging; the worst of the leaks; the best of the good dirt.
Holmes will return to work this week. Her first new project is a movie she co-wrote and co-produced called Molly in which the protagonist is a single mother who has a daughter.
Better still, Holmes immediately returned to Catholicism, in which she was raised. She registering as a parishioner at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City. A member of the church choir tells The Huffington Post: “Everyone is thrilled to have Katie join us. She has not yet attended a service, but when she does she will be welcomed with open arms.”