NEW YORK - Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were seeking ways to settle their divorce as the Hollywood stars entered the second week of a widely followed custody battle that has put their young daughter and the Church of Scientology in the media glare.
In a joint statement on Monday, Cruise and Holmes said that they are “working together” to settle their divorce and custody of their 6-year-old daughter Suri.
“We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri’s best interests,” the estranged couple said in a joint statement from their respective representatives.
“We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other’s commitment to our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as parents,” the statement said.
Holmes, 33, filed for divorce from “Mission Impossible” star Cruise, 50, a little over one week ago seeking sole custody of their daughter.
Cruise flew back to Los Angeles from a film shoot in Iceland early last week, and since then has remained publicly quiet about the divorce. His attorney, Los Angeles-based Bert Fields, has said Cruise wants to remain private.
Cruise and Holmes married in 2006 and have been enthusiastically followed by celebrity watchers, who dubbed the pair “TomKat.” Holmes’ divorce filing shocked their fans because their marriage seemed to be on solid ground.