As the news that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting a divorce sent shock waves across the Net on Friday (June 29), the next thought is, “What happened?” While fans are unlikely to get a specific answer to that question soon, we can at least take a look back at the couple’s seven-year romance, one that was cemented in pop culture when the “Rock of Ages” star made a stunning declaration of his love on “Oprah.”
April 2005: Cruise, then 42, and Holmes, 26, stepped out in public for the first time on holiday in Rome. The first paparazzi photo of the couple showed them walking hand-in-hand, exiting a restaurant. According to a friend of the couple at the time, Cruise made the first move and asked Holmes out on a date.
May 2005: While deep into an international press tour for his action-thriller “Vanilla Sky,” Cruise made an unforgettable mark in pop-culture history with an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey show.” As he gushes about his new lady love, Cruise is so overcome that he ends up jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch. “I’m in love!” Cruise said. “You’re gone!” Winfrey added after the ecstatic jumping.
June 2005: Cruise arranges to have the Eiffel Tower in Paris closed down to the public so that he can propose to Holmes in the most romantic fashion imaginable. And right around the time Tom put a ring on it, the “Dawson’s Creek” star appeared at the Movie Awards to present the actor with the MTV Generation Award with a giggly and gushing speech.
October 2005: The happy couple announce that they’re expecting their first child.
April 2006: Holmes gives birth to daughter Suri Cruise.
November 2006: Cruise and Holmes are married in an Italian castle, a ceremony and celebration attended by a few of the most famous faces (and a few former couples) in Hollywood, including Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy.
October 2006: The world gets their first look at baby Suri via the cover of Vanity Fair and a beautiful photo spread captured by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.
April 2007: Cruise and Holmes organize a stylish soiree for Suri’s first birthday in Los Angeles.
May 2007: With the constant media attention, Cruise and Holmes’ marriage is under the public microscope and the first rumors about trouble in their marriage start to surface. Reports say Holmes is being controlled by Cruise among other marital strife; all of the claims are denied by their closest friends and relatives.
October 2007: Cruise expresses “mushy” sentiments ahead of the couple’s first wedding anniversary. “It was very beautiful,” he says of their wedding. “As big as it was from the outside, it was a very personal experience and something obviously I’ll never forget.”
January 2008: The troubled-marriage rumors strike again when Holmes hits the promotional circuit to promote her first movie since being married to Cruise, “Mad Money,” in the wake of the publication of a scathing unauthorized Cruise biography. “There’s obviously been a lot that’s been said about our relationship,” she tells People magaizine. “There was stuff in the news about our daughter. That’s just not okay. It’s something that I don’t stand for. I am a mother. I will stand up for my family.”
June 2008: Cruise and Holmes make a covert appearance at the MTV Movie Awards. The couple stealthily avoid the crowded red carpet and sneak in a back entrance, where Cruise later presents the Generation Award to Adam Sandler.
December 2008: Cruise makes a surprise appearance on our very own “The Hills: Live After Show” to offer Spencer Pratt advice on his (ill-fated) marriage to Heidi Montag. “If the girl wants the wedding, you gotta do the wedding,” Cruise tells Pratt. “She’s gonna remember it forever. And you gotta make it a special occasion. Spencer, dude, you’ll realize this later.”
May 2010: Holmes performs a sexy version of “Whatever Lola Wants” for Cruise at a Hollywood benefit. She seals the serenade with a kiss, of course.
September 2010: Holmes reveals that their romance is very much alive in that Cruise always sends his bride red roses when they travel. She also tells Marie Claire that she and Cruise might consider expanding their family in a couple of years. “Right now, I want to make sure I’m really there for Suri,” she says.
July 2011: Holmes surprises Cruise with a 49th birthday party in Florida where he’s on location filming “Rock of Ages.”
December 2011: During another worldwide press tour in support of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” Cruise tells People that he falls in love with Holmes more and more every day. “It’s been quite an amazing five years because of her. She’s an incredible woman,” he gushes. She’s everything to me.”
June 29, 2012: Cruise and Holmes announce plans to divorce.
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