Cruise’s spokeswoman, Amanda Lundberg, confirmed that “Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children.”
The office of New Jersey divorce attorney Jonathan Wolfe confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he is representing 33-year-old Holmes.
“This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family,” he told People magazine. “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”
Cruise, who turns 50 on Tuesday, wed Holmes in a storybook Italian castle in Nov 2006 after famously declaring his love for the former Dawson’s Creek star live on Oprah. They have a daughter, Suri, 6.
It was Holmes’s first marriage and Cruise’s third. Fireworks lit up the night sky above the 15th-century Odescalchi castle near Rome when they tied the knot.
Glitterati from the worlds of cinema, sports, and music were on hand at the estate perched above the lakeside town of Bracciano as Holmes offered her hand to the Mission Impossible star.
Reports at the time said that under the prenuptial agreement, Holmes would receive $3m for every year of the marriage plus ownership of a California mansion if they split.
Cruise, still one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, was married to Australian actress Nicole Kidman from 1990 to 2001. The couple had two children.
He was also married to American actress Mimi Rogers from 1987 to 1990 and had a three-year relationship with actress Penelope Cruz after splitting with Kidman.