Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, 16-Year Age Difference

Sugar Daddy Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

When it comes to the most rec­og­niz­able names in Hol­ly­wood, there’s a good chance you’ll find Tom Cruise at the top of the list. Cruise was cat­a­pulted to movie star sta­tus after star­ring in the 1983 block­buster Risky Busi­ness and 1986’s Top Gun. Many of his films have grossed hun­dreds of mil­lions both domes­ti­cally and inter­na­tion­ally and he remains one of the industry’s highest-paid actors.

In 1987, Cruise mar­ried actress Mimi Rogers, who was actu­ally seven years older than him. Their mar­riage lasted less than three years, but it was Rogers who actu­ally intro­duced him to the world of Scientology—he’s now known as one of the most avid fol­low­ers of the faith.

Dur­ing their divorce pro­ceed­ings, Cruise hooked up with his Days of Thun­der co-star, Nicole Kid­man and the pair quickly became Hollywood’s hottest power cou­ple. Shortly after their 10-year anniver­sary, Cruise filed for divorce, report­edly with­out giv­ing Kid­man any advance warn­ing. The actress pub­licly said that she was blind­sided by the sur­prise split—she described it as a shock to her sys­tem, stat­ing that it took her a long time to move on emotionally.

Mean­while, Cruise dipped his toes in the sugar daddy pool when he began dat­ing actress Pene­lope Cruz, who was 12 years younger than him. They called it quits in 2004. After their break-up, many media reports spec­u­lated that the Church of Sci­en­tol­ogy was hold­ing secret “audi­tions” to find him a Sci­en­tol­o­gist wife, but Cruise main­tained that this wasn’t true.

The fol­low­ing year, Cruise revealed that he was dat­ing actress Katie Holmes—at the time, he was 42 and she was only 26. He famously declared his love for her by jump­ing on the couch dur­ing his inter­view on The Oprah Win­frey Show.

Holmes was raised Catholic but began study­ing Sci­en­tol­ogy shortly after her rela­tion­ship with Cruise began. Their daugh­ter, Suri, was born in April 2006, and the cou­ple was mar­ried that Novem­ber. Many reports sug­gested that Holmes was spe­cially picked for Cruise by the Church of Scientology—they even had a Sci­en­tol­ogy wed­ding cer­e­mony, with the Church’s leader stand­ing as Cruise’s best man.

After five years of mar­riage, fans every­where were shocked to hear news of another sur­prise divorce—but this time it was Holmes that unex­pect­edly left Cruise. After news of their split broke out, many reports sug­gested that Holmes had been plot­ting to leave for months before she actu­ally did it. Sources close to the actress revealed that she feared her daugh­ter would be sub­jected to scrupu­lous Sci­en­tol­ogy test­ing and that Suri would even­tu­ally be coerced into join­ing the cult-like faith. Holmes was also report­edly tired of being con­trolled by Cruise, and was afraid of being intim­i­dated by the Church.

Cruise and Holmes reached a divorce set­tle­ment, with Holmes get­ting full cus­tody of Suri, although Cruise has ample vis­i­ta­tion rights. Holmes has since report­edly rejoined the Catholic faith.