And, as celeb-watchers keep a keen eye on details of the divorce, which came as a bombshell at the weekend, it has emerged Cruise has called on Dennis Wasser, the attorney who saw him through his divorce from second wife Nicole Kidman in 2001, to get him through this latest failed union.

Holmes is said to have lined up lawyers to the rich and famous Jonathan Wolfe and Allan E. Mayefsky, who once represented Christie Brinkley.

Meanwhile Holmes, who shot to fame in Dawson’s Creek, has reportedly moved into an apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan, with her six-year-old daughter, as Cruise films in Iceland.

Holmes, who has made her own wealth through her television and acting career, and who initiated the split, is expected to honour the terms of the pre-nuptial agreement.

Cruise, 49, has gone on record saying he is “deeply saddened” Holmes 33, had filed for a separation. They got married in 2006.

“This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family,” Wolfe said in a statement to People magazine.

 “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”

 It is alleged the Church of Scientology, of which Cruise is devotee, had come between Cruise and Holmes.

At least Rupert Murdoch believes so.

The media mogul weighed into the matter via Twitter, speculating the role of Scientology in the divorce.

He said: “Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in hierarchy … Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people.”

Adding fuel to the rumours, celebrity website TMZ has reported Holmes fears she is being followed because she is a threat to Scientology.

Lawyer for the movement Gary Soter categorically rejected the claims, insisting Scientologists are “not following Katie or conducting surveillance on her in the wake of her divorce with Tom Cruise.”

Holmes is believed to have deliberately filed for a divorce in New York, rather than California where the couple have their marital home, as law judges in the Big Apple are more likely to give single parent custody to prevent parental conflict. It is said that Cruise wants Suri to follow the path of Scientology.

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