Toledo native Katie Holmes has filed for divorce from her superstar husband, actor Tom Cruise, in New York City, a long-time attorney for Cruise said on Friday.
"Katie filed for divorce yesterday. Tom is very saddened by that, and right now he is concentrating on the kids," Los Angeles-based attorney Bert Fields told Reuters.
Fields, who said he was not representing Cruise in the divorce, but was speaking as a friend, would not give a reason for the filing, saying only that "Tom wants to be very private."
A representative for Holmes could not immediately be reached for comment, but earlier on Friday, People magazine cited Holmes's lawyer, Jonathan Wolfe, as confirming the divorce.
"This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family," Wolfe told People. "Katie's primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter's best interest."
The couple have one child, daughter Suri, 6. Holmes and Cruise were married in 2006 in an Italian castle and they have been the subject of constant scrutiny from tabloid journalists and paparazzi ever since. Speculation that they were splitting started as early as 2007, but they seemed to weather various challenges.
Holmes, 33, is a Notre Dame Academy graduate who first came to fame on the TV show Dawson's Creek. She is the daughter of Martin and Kathleen Holmes, of Toledo.
In a November Associated Press story she said that she and Cruise, the 49-year-old star of the Mission: Impossible movies, Risky Business, and dozens of other films were close.
"Of course we talk about everything," she said in that story. "He's very wise, and he's been doing this a long time. I ask him questions, and I listen to what he says."