Katie Holmes was not messing around when it came to her divorce from Tom Cruise.
The details behind the end of TomKat remain pretty sketchy. There are million rumors, but nothing much has been confirmed – except that the former couple reached a secretive divorce settlement in record time. But now that the dust is starting to settle, some alleged details are spilling out, including what has to be the most telling detail of all: Holmes reportedly used a disposable cell phone provided by a friend to plan and initiate her divorce from Cruise, according to a source close the divorce (via the Los Angeles Times).
Using the throwaway phone – instead of, say, her own cell phone or one of the telephones in her home – allowed her to prepare her build her legal case without Cruise or his staff discovering her plans before she was ready to act.
Of course, Holmes feeling she needed a pay-and-use phone comes with some implications. She presumably felt she was being monitored, an accusation many wouldn't consider unrealistic given the allegations that she was being tailed by people affiliated with the Church of Scientology in the lead-up to her separation from Cruise as well as after her divorce filing. (The church has denied the allegations.)
Her secretive planning paid off, of course. By the time she filed to end her marriage, she had taken on three law firms in three states without Cruise's knowledge (he was reportedly shocked by her filing) and ultimately got exactly what she reportedly wanted – primary physical custody of the couple's daughter, Suri, and power over how she will be educated.
Cruise's devotion to Scientology and how the church would factor into Suri's education and upbringing were reportedly major factors in Holmes' decision to file for divorce. The couple even appeared to address that well-known fact in the joint statement they released after reaching their divorce settlement, saying, "We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other's commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other's roles as parents."
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When Katy Perry wed Russell Brand in an elaborate ceremony at the Aman-i-Khas luxury resort in India, adjacent to the tiger sanctuary where he proposed, on October 23, 2010, they pulled out all the stops except one: they never signed a pre-nup.
So many wondered if Brand would go after what the law says is his – 50 percent of what she earned during their marriage. (That's the law, as crappy as it seems in cases like these.) In Perry's case, that'd be around $22 million, as Forbes reported that Perry earned approximately $44 million in 2011 from touring, album and singles sales and endorsement deals … far more than Brand earned for his star turn in "Arthur."
But sources tell People that Brand just isn't that kind of guy and won't pursue a penny from his famous former wifey. (We knew we liked him for some reason.)
Brand's lawyers reported filed finalized divorce papers asking for zero support from Perry on Tuesday. Their divorce will be finalized on June 30 following the mandatory six-month waiting period.
Yesterday, we gave a big shout out to our favorite couples of 2011 and asked which was your favorite (right now, it looks like you’re still basking in post-engagement afterglow with Britney Spears and Jason Trawick, but the Biebs and his lady love, Selena Gomez, aren’t far behind - vote here!) but today, we take a walk down a far more dreary memory lane to count down the biggest celebrity breakups of 2011.
Check out MTV News’ full rundown of 2011’s Biggest Celebrity Breakups!
Of course, the dissolution of Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage to husband Kris Humphries has dominated the headlines since it was announced on Halloween. Following their elaborate multimillion-dollar wedding and equally televised courtship, skeptics wondered (many of them very loudly) whether Kim and Kris’ marriage was even the real deal or a ploy to pull in ratings for the myriad Kardashian reality shows on E! and bring more tabloid attention to a family that can’t get enough of it. Stay classy!
Two other big-name divas filed for divorce from their respective husbands in 2011 as well: Jennifer Lopez and Demi Moore. With Lopez’s career of an unexpectedly huge upswing after she joined “American Idol” in January, things reportedly started to get weird with husband Marc Anthony as she got super busy again with TV, movies and endorsement deals (goodness gracious does this girl have herself some endorsement deals!). By all accounts, she and Anthony remain friendly for the sake of their joint business endeavors and young twins, Max and Emme. For Moore, who at one time was the highest paid actress in the world, things were a little more cut and dry. After a long run of infidelity rumors, the “Margin Call” actress decided the time was right to walk away from her marriage to her much-younger husband, “Two and a Half Men” star (is there something about that role?) Ashton Kutcher.
Two other divorces make MTV’s list of the years biggest, though both are decidedly more low-key (and in one case, one might even say indie) than their headline grabbing counterparts in lost love. This year, hipster fave actress Zooey Deschanel and folkie hubby Ben Gibbard parted ways. As you’d expect from these two, the split was reportedly “mutual and amicable.” Another breakup we didn’t see coming occurred just before Valentine’s Day when Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz announced their split. Sure there were rumors, but these two always seemed to have each other’s backs. Le sigh!
Which breakup do you think was the biggest of the year? Vote in our poll after the jump! Read More...
By now, you've no doubt heard that Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher's six-year marriage is over. Moore filed for divorce yesterday and released a statement to the Associated Press, saying, "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life. This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation."
Kutcher took to his favorite medium, Twitter, to issue his own thoughts. "I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi," Kutcher tweeted yesterday. "Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail. Love and Light, AK."
The platform for Kutcher's response was fitting considering his romance with Moore basically unfolded for everyone to see on Twitter. The pair were never shy about sharing the details of their relationship and are perhaps the most high profile couple to invite the public into their private life via the social media site. Just check out some of the TwitPics from these two over the years. Read More...
By Kara Klenk
Twitter giveth and Twitter taketh away.
While Kim Kardashian may be the fifth most followed person in the world, those millions of followers can always turn on you. The day she announced her divorce from Kris Humphries, her husband of 72 days, #ThingsLongerThanKimsMarriage began trending. It’s been over 24 hours and it’s still going strong with many people weighing in with jokes about the brevity of the union.
We rounded up our favorites – unfortunately, we couldn’t list their authors because so many people were twacking (tweet jacking – I just made it up, it’s fine)! Looks like “the time it takes to steal a tweet” is one of the #ThingsLongerThanKimsMarriage. Here are our faves.
By Christina Garibaldi
It’s no secret that Kim Kardashian’s idol is legendary Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor. If you watched the four hour, two night E! Special “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event,” Kim and her sisters mention numerous times her love for the star.
In February, Kim had the honor of interviewing Elizabeth Taylor for Harper’s Bazaar magazine and kicked off the interview saying, “You are my idol. But I'm six husbands and some big jewels behind. What should I do?” To which Taylor responded, “Follow your passion, follow your heart, and the things you need will come.”
Seems like something Kim didn’t need was her second husband, Kris Humphries. Kim filed for divorce on Monday, just 72 days after saying “I Do.” So does this mean that Kim is one step closer to being her idol, Elizabeth Taylor? Let’s compare. Read More...
By Maura Gavaghan
News broke earlier today that Kim Kardashian is filing for divorce only 72 days after tying the knot with NBA-er Kris Humphries. Kim is citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split, and we must admit, we are not shocked here in the MTV Newsroom.
Fights over the wedding venue and family vacations made us question this marriage before it began, but at least Kim is not alone in her decision to end things promptly! Not-so-happily-ever after seems to be a trend in Hollywood, and Kim and Kris are hardly the first, nor will they be the last, to call it quits after only a short time of marriage. Some marriages last a lifetime, but in Hollywood the timeline (and normalcy associated with that given timeline) is a bit different.
Read on for our list of Hollywood's shortest marriages and to check out MTV's interview with Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, where they talk about their surprise when Kim announced her engagement just a few months after meeting Kris. Read More...
By Danielle Genet
It seems that every time we grow accustomed to a celebrity marriage, they split up. We loved Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz, Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman, and Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds.We were rocked once again when Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony announced their surprise split on Friday.
Since we’re still trying to recover from the shock of the Lopez-Anthony split, we thought we’d take a look at some more stable celebrity marriages instead. These couples make us believe that fairytale happy endings are possible.
Beyonce and Jay-Z
Music geniuses Beyonce and Jay-Z privately married in April of 2008 and help us keep our faith in love. They are each other’s biggest fans and keep their romance life private, opting instead to let the public focus on their successful careers. Recently, Beyonce teased that she and Jay would possibly be starting a family soon. If Beyonce and Jay-Z were to split … well let’s not even go there, it hurts too much to even think about!
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will and Jada are another powerful duo that seem to be a match made in heaven. Married in 1997, they have two adorable kids together (you may know Jaden and Willow) and always support each other in whatever venture he/she embarks on. They also created the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation to fund charitable organizations focusing on educational projects and urban, inner-city and family welfare.
Late Friday afternoon, "American Idol" judge and resurgent songstress Jennifer Lopez and her husband, Latin pop superstar Marc Anthony, announced they were ending their 7-year marriage.
“We have decided to end our marriage," Lopez and Anthony said in a joint statement to People magazine. "This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved, and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time."
The split shocked many, as Lopez and Anthony have for years seemed the picture of wedded bliss. As surprising as the news itself was, the couple’s decision to announce their separation on a Friday afternoon is telling, according to former celebrity publicist and Huffington Post columnist Naughty But Nice Rob Shuter, who has worked with Lopez.
“That’s such a celebrity publicist trick, to dump bad news on a Friday. And it’s interesting that Nick [Lachey] and Vanessa [Manillo] dumped good news on a Friday too, that they were married. So it’s not even just bad news, it’s news you don’t want a lot of buzz about,” Rob says. “The silly thing about this is these rules were created in the old days of stars like Marilyn Monroe. These sorts of PR tricks were created a very long time ago, and now what’s happened is the media has changed so much. There wasn’t Internet, or digital media or social media back when these sorts of rules or tricks were created. In the last three to five years, social media has become so important that it really doesn’t matter what day, what time or what planet you announce it on, it’s going to be a big deal.”
Read on for more insight into J.Lo and Anthony’s announcement. Read More...