TomKat in memoriam

20:06, Jul 01 2012
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes on one of their first outings together in April 2005. Holmes started dating Cruise weeks after splitting from actor Chris Klein.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
The couple in France on the day of their engagement, June 17, 2005.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
PDA on the red carpet at the War of the Worlds premiere in June 2005, the same day as Cruise's infamous Oprah couch-jumping appearance.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
On the publicity trail in China a week after their wedding.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Cruise and Holmes married in Italy in November 2005. Holmes had confirmed her pregnancy the previous month.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
The Cruises with their seven-month-old daughter Suri in November 2006. They kept photos of Suri under wraps for six months after her birth, leading some to question the baby's existence.
Katie Holmes
Holmes in February 2006, two months before giving birth.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Holmes debuted a sleek haircut and mature new fashion sense in late 2007, in what many saw as a Cruise-controlled makeover.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Holmes' extreme post-pregnancy weight loss led to speculation over her health that would continue for the rest of the couple's marriage.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Cruise, Holmes and Suri with Isabella and Connor, the children Cruise adopted with second wife Nicole Kidman.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
With celebrity friends Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriguez in 2010.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Putting on a united front in March 2011 at the premiere of Holmes' miniseries The Kennedys.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
The Vanity Fair Oscars party in February 2012, one of the couple's last public appearances together.

The divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes is either, depending on your perspective, something no one saw coming or something everyone saw coming back in 2005, when Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah Winfrey’s couch to declare his love for her Dawson's Creek character Joey Potter and cemented the impression — again, for some — that the whole relationship was just for show.

 The Hollywood stars are calling it quits after a high-profile courtship and more than five years of marriage.

Whether it was a show, a genuinely happy romance or something in between, it seems to be over. So cue up Barbra Streisand’s The Way We Were and let’s run through some of the highlights of this celebrity couple’s existence via a segment I’ll call TomKat: In Memoriam.

April 29, 2005: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes very publicly declare that they are dating just months after Cruise ended his romance with Penelope Cruz and weeks following the end of Holmes’s engagement to Chris Klein. They visually confirm it by engaging in much PDA in Rome.

May 23, 2005: On a day that would later inspire a significant exhibit at the Weird Celebrity Interview Hall of Fame, Cruise appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show and declares his love for Holmes while jumping on Oprah’s sofa like a crazed kid in the freakiest bouncy castle of all time. (Ironically, Cruise and Holmes would later marry in an actual, non-bouncy castle.)

Bafflement — wait, they really are dating? — abounds among the celeb-watching community. Viral video spoofs of the incident are created. Twitter did not yet exist, but if it had it would have exploded in a manner so epic, it would have made the subsequent Chesapeake Bay Bridge scene in Mission Impossible: III look like the tiny pop-pop-pop of sparklers. The legend of TomKat is born. No one is sure what to believe.

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May 26, 2005: Tina Brown is sure what to believe. In her Style column for The Washington Post, she proclaims that the whole thing is an act, one that even her then-14-year-old daughter sees right through. ''This would be sweet,'' the young Brown tells her mother, ''if it wasn’t so fake.''

June 17, 2005: Less than a month after the Oprah incident, Cruise proposes marriage to Holmes at the Eiffel Tower and the newly affianced couple poses for a lot of pictures that are puzzling, adorable and impossible for the nation to stop looking at. (Their smiles — they’re almost ... hypnotic.)

Oct. 5, 2005: In an obvious attempt to make every Cruise fan’s head spin around Exorcist-style, Cruise and Holmes announce they are expecting their first child together. Once the shock subsides, the celebrity conspiracy community gets to work on a thousand theories about Holmes’s pregnancy.

December, 2005: Cruise and Holmes reportedly buy a sonogram machine for at-home use, giving Cruise critics — and at this point, they are legion — a new reason to say he’s being crazy.

May 7, 2006: The Post’s Hank Stuever publicly breaks up with Tom Cruise. Sadly for Hank, there was no pre-nup.

April 18, 2006: Suri Cruise arrives in the world via a silent birth, prompting responses of: ''Oh, I guess that’s nice'' and ''How could there not have been noise while she was pushing a person out of her?'' and ''What the heck does Suri mean?'' (For the record, People noted it was Hebrew for princess.)

We get our first glimpse of the princess in a Vanity Fair spread in October of that year. She is indeed a beautiful child who clearly has no idea that in a few short years she’ll be the subject of a million blog posts about why she can’t give up her binky and why she’s wearing lip gloss at such a young age.

September 11, 2006: TomKat attend a Washington Redskins game with pal Dan Snyder. They both look super-cool and Hollywoody in sunglasses. Apparently no one told them it was a night game.

November 18, 2006: The wedding! It happens in a mediaeval castle in Rome, city of those initial smoochy photos, with Snyder and Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith and many other famous people in attendance. It also yields a wedding photo that looks like a Polaroid from an ‘80s prom (theme: Take My Breath Away), a touching poem by former Celebritology blogger Liz Kelly and a lively Celebritology discussion.

August of 2008: Katie Holmes is spotted wearing her husband’s jeans, prompting Liz Kelly to write an angry blog-letter requesting that she stop.

May 1, 2010: Holmes performs ''Whatever Lola Wants'' from Damn Yankees at a Motion Picture and Television Fund Benefit in Los Angeles, and dance-seduces Cruise onstage. The video is a reminder that almost five years have passed since these two first got together, yet despite expectations that the marriage wouldn’t last, they are still together.

November 4, 2010: Katie Holmes runs the New York Marathon; Tom and Suri Cruise are there to offer moral support. Mr. Cruise is dressed in classic runner’s wear: a turtleneck and blazer. (Hey, he wasn’t running. He was cold!)

Various dates, 2008-2012: Rumours that Holmes is pregnant with the couples’s second child appear in tabloids and celeb blogs on numerous occasions but are never substantiated. Rumours that Holmes and Cruise are on the outs are also frequently floated in the tabloid/blogosphere and never substantiated.

February 26, 2012: Holmes and Cruise attend the Vanity Fair Oscar bash together and appear to still be quite happily married, at least based on the photos.

June 29, 2012: Seven years and 12 days after Cruise proposed to the woman who made him jump on a couch, the TomKat divorce is announced. We are still processing.

-The Washington Post