Byline: Laura Watt
Katie Holmes moved to divorce superstar husband Tom Cruise in a bid to save their daughter Suri from Scientology, insiders said yesterday.
She stunned Cruise after hitting him with divorce papers and a bid to win sole custody of their six-year-old daughter.
Cruise believed she was set to fly to Iceland for his star-studded 50th birthday bash on Tuesday.
Instead, she was meeting lawyers in New York while he was thousands of miles away.
Sources say Katie had become fed-up with Cruise's links to Scientology.
The couple, who have been married for five-and-a-half years, are said to have argued frequently over Suri's involvement in the religion.
The 33-year-old actress, raised a Catholic, allegedly doesn't want his "religion" to have any part in Suri's upbringing.
There were also claims yesterday that a raunchy magazine cover Cruise shot to publicise new movie Rock of Ages had "disgusted" Katie.
A source close to the former Dawson's Creek actress said: "When Suri turned seven, she would be taken over by Scientology handlers and minders and then Katie would feel she would have to stay forever."
Katie had struggled to "buy in" fully to the religion despite trying hard to do so.
She was believed to be so unhappy in the marriage that she decided not to wait until their seventh anniversary when she could have increased her divorce settlement due to a clause in their prenuptial agreement.
The source close to Katie said: "This divorce is happening now because of Suri. …