Do you think a contract existed?
Hours after the split between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes became public this weekend old rumours started to blossom again.
In 2005, four years after Cruise's 10-year-marriage to Nicole Kidman had ended, it was alleged the superstar who was rising in the ranks at Scientology, wanted to find him self a new wife.
Although it is more likely the couple was indeed in love and just have a pre-nup, which is only too sensible for a man with Cruise's wealth, the rumour mill is not standing still.
According to legend Cruise approached Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson and finally Katie Holmes, who would become Cruise's third wife.
In exchange for marrying Cruise, the bride would receive a career boost, US$3 million per year she stays married, plus a bonus if she gave birth to a child.
With the marriage, Cruise hoped to rehabilitate his increasingly eccentric public image and to quash all gay rumours.
"That urban legend probably grew out of a misunderstanding of what actually did occur," Tony Ortega, editor-in-chief of the Village Voice, told The Huffington Post.
Ortega claimed that "several young women were vetted by the church and 'tried out' as Tom's next wife before Katie Holmes was chosen" and that each was required to sign multiple nondisclosure agreements before they dated Cruise -- a "standard procedure in the church."
"I've heard from different sources that there was a contract, but I never got my hands on a contract," veteran celebrity entertainment reporter Michael Cohen told FOX411's Pop Tarts column
"The pictures of Katie and Tom never looked authentic to me; there is something not right about the way they pose," he said.
According to Hollywood psychiatrist and relationship therapist, Dr Reef Karim, the constant "contract" hearsay - whether true or false - could have added pressure to the marriage.
"Money can make the world a happy place or a miserable place, and when you have money and fame and the deals, competition and often times 'contracts' that go along with it, you now have many potential areas of conflict that will ultimately stress a relationship," he explained.
Cruise's attorney Bert Fields told People magazine in 2009 that the story was "a pack of lies" and an "absolute fabrication." Fields successfully muzzled any legitimacy of a Scientology marriage contract - casting doubts on its truthfulness.
Though Holmes and Cruise are likely to remain mum as their divorce unfolds, Holmes has given one convincing argument against the contract rumour herself.
In her divorce filing, the actress asked for full custody of her daughter, any pre-existing contract would surely have prevented Holmes from taking Suri away from the eccentric actor in the first place.
Meanwhile, the Church of Scientology has insisted that despite reports, Suri would be too young to join their controversial Sea Organisation, which Katie was apparently concerned about.
And a source told RadarOnline that Cruise would be "stupid to fight Katie for custody of Suri because of the information her family has about his ties to Scientology. Katie's family has information that Tom wouldn't want released to the public."
Do you think this contract existed?
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