It's assumed that Katie Holmes will soon sever her ties with the Church of Scientology -- just as she's severing her marital ties with Tom Cruise, the religion's most famous member. The latest issue of Us Weekly reports that the spouses of nearly six years fought "viciously" over raising daughter Suri, 6, by the bizarre guidelines of Scientology parenting, and Holmes ceased attending her own classes over a year ago.
But back in 2005, Holmes was a twentysomething actress deliriously in love -- promoting her role in Batman Begins and her shockingly fast-tracked relationship with Cruise, now 50.
In a somewhat infamous, creepy 2005 interview with W magazine, Holmes gushed about her new man and explained her newfound interest in Scientology. (W reports that that Holmes, raised Catholic, announced her conversion to the faith "three days later" after the sit-down.)
"You know, it's really exciting," Holmes, now 33, said at the time. "I just started auditing. . . and I'm taking some courses, and I really like it. I feel it's really helping. What I like about it is that, you know, I was raised Catholic, and you can be a Catholic and a Scientologist, Jewish and a Scientologist."
Added the Dawson's Creek alum: "I'm learning to celebrate my own spirit, my own being."
Present throughout the chat was Jessica Rodriguez, who W describes as the star's "Scientologist chaperone," who even feeds Holmes a line as she gushes about Cruise to W: "You adore him," Rodriguez tells her. (W points out that the official role of Rodriguez -- born into a family of Scientologists and educated at schools with ties to the religion -- is never explained.)
"I've never met anyone like Tom," Cruises exclaims. "Tom and I will always be in our honeymoon phase . . . Tom is the most incredible man in the world."
Shooting down worries that Cruise is controlling her, Holmes replied: "That's really ludicrous because, I mean, you have to know Tom. He is the most loving, generous man who… first of all, he wants to help people. He doesn't put pressure on people. He is the kindest, smartest, most adoring man. It's a pleasure and a privilege to be with him."
In November 2006, Holmes and Cruise (parents to newborn Suri) tied the knot in Italy.
Things are a little different today. Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise June 28, asking for sole legal custody of Suri. This past Friday, she spent a marathon session at the midtown Manhattan offices of her attorney, as new reports suggest she and Cruise's legal teams are working out a full settlement.