Katie Holmes, who is now calling it quits with Tom Cruise after five years, created a stir hours ago on Sina Weibo by uploading multiple pictures of herself in the Forbidden City. It is unclear when those pictures were taken. [Update: Holmes attended an ice-skating show in Beijing on June 14, so those pictures could have been taken earlier this month.]
In addition to the divorce (which will be Holmes’ first and Cruise’s third), Holmes is filing for sole custody of their six-year-old daughter.
Scientology has emerged as a chief reason behind the split. Holmes is reportedly fearful that Tom Cruise, himself a prominent member of the church, may abduct her child following the divorce. She has also told neighbours that she can’t take a step outside of her own home without Scientology goons following her around.
According to the New York Post, “[a] team of beefy armed men parked themselves in a white Cadillac Escalade outside Holmes’ place all day [Sunday], snapping pictures of people outside the building and demanding to know who they were.”
A good friend of Holmes’ is quoted in the Post as saying, “Katie did convert when she and Tom were married, but she didn’t take to [Scientology]. Behind closed doors, and when the private planes and the red carpets were gone, she didn’t like it. And she decided she does not want that for Suri. ”
Good for you, Katie! You’ve come to the right place to escape from the Scientologists!
Watch Tom Cruise jump around like a mad man on Oprah’s show five years ago:
[h/t to Shanghaiist reader Fergus Ryan!]