Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes Divorce Centers on Scientology: Source

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Katie Holmes did not want her six-year-old daughter with actor Tom Cruise to be exposed to some parts of Scientology, a source has claimed.

Though Holmes’ attorney Jonathan Wolfe hasn’t commented on the reason for the split beyond suggesting “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest,” an insider close to the ex-Dawson’s Creek star told the Los Angeles Times her decision to divorce Cruise, 49, was based “largely on her desire to distance Suri from Scientology.”

The source added the divorce proceeding would focus less on money than on custody-related issues involving Suri and how the child is raised.

The individual, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the hope was that the custody arrangement could be hammered out privately through a settlement among the couple’s various attorneys.

The revelation that Holmes had seemingly grown tired of living the strictly controlled life of a member of the controversial religion comes in the wake of a Celebuzz investigation, in which a number of Church defections detailed how the Mission Impossible actor has lived life in a gilded cage supervised by the leaders of his religion for more than 20 years.

“It is crazy,” former high-ranking Church executive Amy Scobee said.

The Church allegedly began its iron grip on Cruise’s life more than two decades ago, when he married Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman. According to Scobee, it began when she and other influential Church staffers were assembled to work on a hush-hush project for Church leader David Miscavige in the early ’90s.

“It was a confidential project that I was not allowed to discuss with any other staff member… it was being run directly by Miscavige and his wife,” said Scobee.

“To that effect, it was a privilege: an honor to set him and Nicole up. But the clear goal was to ensure that he was set up with Scientologists only around him. Now that I am out of the Church, I have discovered that it is against the law — because the Church was using members to give him special favors. Members working for him, directly. Putting together his sound theater, cooking, various work.”

Everything was designed to put him “in debt” and obligated to the Church, the church defector said.

In addition to custody, more than $275 million is at stake in the divorce which is bound to become one of the most expensive in Hollywood history.

Asked by The Times whether there was a prenuptial agreement, Cruise’s longtime legal representative, Bert Fields, said: “I can’t comment on that. It will all come out.”