The rest of the world seems pretty happy about the fact that Katie Holmes has filed for divorce from Tom Cruise. The Telegraph titled their article on the split “Marriage Impossible?” Meanwhile, Amelia McDonell-Parry of The Frisky wrote, “Well, her contract must be up. Five years after they tied the knot in Italy, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are splitting.” Sherri Reed of The Stir took things a big step farther, writing, “Thank God, Katie Holmes has finally escaped that sham of a marriage … Run Katie run! Suri, take off your heels and run with her!”
So I know that I am in the minority in actually feel pretty bummed about this parting. Yes, Scientology freaks me out and I very much dislike the idea of religion where you buy your way in. But still, these two really did seem in love. And it’s always sad to see that end, no matter what.
After the jump, 9 reasons I’m sad that Katie and Tom are no more.
- Because in recent interviews, Tom said such lovely things about his soon to be ex-wife. While promoting “Rock of Ages,” Tom told Playboy, “[Katie] is an extraordinary person. Everything she does, she does with this beautiful creativity … When she walks into the room, I just feel better.”
- Big duh—I feel sad for Suri. Because divorce isn’t easy on kids.
- Because I secretly love couples where the woman is taller than the man. Just sayin’.
- Because I liked the way Katie always gushed about Tom. Holmes famously told W magazine after her wedding, “I’ve found the man of my dreams. From the moment I met him it just felt like I’d known him forever … He’s the most incredible man.”
- Because now Tom will have to rename his plane. Goodbye, Kiss Me Kate.
- Because I liked this couple’s look-a-like factor. I mean really, these Katie and Tom really have the male and female versions of the same face. The same grey eyes, the same high cheekbones, the same brown hair and olive coloring. I remember reading somewhere eons ago that couples with similar facial features, statistically, were more likely to stay together. But perhaps not?
- Because I was charmed by the couch jumping. I know 99% of people thought Tom’s showing on Oprah back in 2005 was the sign of an unhinged person. But honestly—being in love makes me want to jump on couches, too! As Tom later put it on ABC News, “I really think that all men should celebrate their women. They should all jump on couches for them.” Amen to that.
- Because it makes me worry that no one can make it. It’s easy to feel down on the institution of marriage these days. But that “50% of marriages end in divorce” stat we’re always hearing just isn’t true. (The stat entered the lexicon because half as many divorces are granted per year as marriage licenses are issued. However, this doesn’t take into account that the couples getting divorced could have tied the knot in any preceding year.) I think the constant barrage of high-profile divorces adds to the cultural idea that marriage for life is a thing of the past. And I worry this could be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
- Because TomKat was a really good nickname. I’ll miss using it.
What do you think—did you like Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise as a couple, or did you think their marriage was totally creepy?