Cheeked dating

In the tabloid/Internet telling, even Holmes’s pregnancy was a font of sinister implications.

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“Because that’s what Tom Cruise does,” the husband says. There were reports of disposable cell phones, fired security staff and publicists, a secretly rented apartment in a strategic jurisdiction.

“He helps people.” Sure enough, at intermission, as the expectant mother stood in line for the bathroom, Cruise told her to go ahead of them. “Cruise looked like a tourist: dumb designer jeans and a white button-down shirt and J. Right there in the newspapers every day, plain to see, were the vindicating photographs of a reborn Holmes, smile back on her face, bounce back in her step, as she went about her new life right here in New York City, happy at last.

Even his religion, Scientology, boasts a cinematic good-versus-evil morality.

When it comes to women, he’s an unrelenting star-fucker (the narcissistic apex being his homonymous alliance with Penélope Cruz). Cruise’s marriages offer a new dimension to these self-­inventions, an extra frisson, because of the presence of another human being, who would presumably have to be in on the show, whether for the money, or fame, or (apparently unlikeliest) love.

As a teenager crushing on Cruise, Holmes had told her sisters, “I’m going to marry him one day,” as she recalled in a Seventeen interview in October 2004.

A few months later, Cruise called Holmes’s manager and asked to meet her, ostensibly for a role in Mission: Impossible III. “Tom and I will ­always be in the honeymoon phase,” she said.In May, just a month before Holmes dropped the D-bomb, Cruise told a red-carpet reporter, “She’s an amazing woman,” and in ­Playboy, he called her “an extraordinary person.” “I’m just happy,” Cruise said, “and I have been since the moment I met her. on Friday, July 6, Day 8 of the tabloid serial “Tom Kat: The Divorce,” the paparazzi are clustered on the sidewalk outside Whole Foods in Chelsea. There’s Jackson Lee from Splash News, a leading pap who got the first shots of George Clooney after his motorcycle accident in New Jersey in 2007.Marcus Santos, the Daily News photographer who two weeks earlier made news when Alec Baldwin allegedly punched him, has been reluctantly dispatched here. But if they weren’t real, why would they be all over each other? The most common story line, soon purveyed from TMZ to Us Weekly to E! And everyone’s like, Wow, this is real—because no one believes it’s real. There were only five people waiting for the bathroom.” Soon, though, the make-out session started to take on a different complexion. Who goes out and has a make-out session with their wife? By the end, I was just confused.” When news broke online, on June 29, that Holmes had filed for divorce, it seemed an inevitable denouement to everyone except Cruise, who told people he’d been “blindsided” by the news.Tom Kat took the phenomenon to a new level, making for the richest, most layered and indeterminate story of celebrity couple-dom ever told. There’s a kind of unholy contiguity between Tom Cruise the man, formerly Thomas Mapother of New Jersey, and Tom Cruise the empire, brand, and action hero made flesh.