Is Katie Holmes separating from Tom Cruise?

Tomcruisekatieholmessplpi61_2_2Could there be trouble in paradise for TomKat? The American gossip press certainly seems to think so with both In Touch Weekly (pictured right), Star magazine and our very own Now magazine reporting that the Tom Cruise/ Katie Holmes romance is on the rocks, with a break imminent. Could we be about to witness another power couple split?

The gossip centres on Katie's frustrations at Tom's controlling behaviour, which is said to keep the young actress under surveillance at all times. Speaking to Now, a chum of Katie's revealed: “Because of his [Tom's] high profile, his children and his Scientology connections, Tom believes his family is vulnerable to potential kidnappers, stalkers and crazed fans. Katie will barely be able to move around her own home without being monitored by cameras and electrical devices. At home she would often go to a bedroom of her own and spend hours there with Suri.”

Cry it out honey, we've all hidden in the toilets when we've felt a case of the waterworks coming on, and it seems pretty understandable when made to feel like uncomfortable and spied on in your own home with your spending habits and phone calls strictly monitored. The source close to the Batman Begins star adds: “Now she says she’ll feel as though there is no escape from Tom’s controlling ways. You can escape the eyes of another person by going to a different part of the house. But [Katie] knows she can’t escape the roving eyes of the cameras that are constantly sweeping the house.”

It sounds more like a prison than a marriage, with talk suggesting that Katie plans to accept a role on Broadway just to escape the $1.3 million security system of Tom's fortress and live it up in the Big Apple. She is understood to be in final negotiations for a part in All My Sons and is hoping that a move to Manhattan could result in a trial separation, though unsurprisingly Tom has other ideas.

“She desperately needs to be on her own for a while, but there’s no way Tom is going to let her take Suri away,” another anonymous source told Star magazine. “There’s no way he’ll allow it. He just doesn’t want Katie — or Suri — out of his sight for long. He told her that if she goes to New York, fine, but he goes with her.” That kinda defeats the point of a separation Tom, jeez after two divorces already, I’d have thought you’d have gotten the hang of the break-up bit.

Of course, others are dismissing these reports, confirming that the pair is currently apart due to work commitments but are still very much in love, can't get enough of each other, blah, blah, blah.

Without wanting to endorse divorce or be flippant about the pain caused to all involved when a relationship breaks down, this union has always smelt a bit off. Whether it's been the Scientology brainwashing, the transformation of Katie Holmes from perky, pretty young thing into a scrawny Stepford wife or the icky way they desperately cram their love down your throats, it's never rung true. More like a show of love, rather than the real thing.

And if they were to split, it could be the best thing to happen to Katie's career. Just look at Nicole Kidman.

[via FameCrawler & Star magazine]

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