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Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes Release Joint Statement On Divorce, Respecting Each Other's "Respective Beliefs"

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After reports that thehalf-superstar, half-mehstar couple were working on a divorce settlement, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes released a joint statement: "We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri's best interests. We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other's commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other's roles as parents."

Of course, that mention of "respective beliefs" seems to be a reference to Cruise's dedication to Scientology, the controversial religion deemed "creepy, maybe even evil" by the familiar-with-evil Rupert Murdoch that is getting more attention now that Cruise is splitting for the third time.

It's believed a settlement is in the near future; a court hearing in New York had been scheduled for next week. Entertainment Tonight reports: "Sources tell ET that Tom is only days from a reunion with Suri, 6. Sources also tell us that Suri will most likely remain with her mother in New York for the near future while Tom shoots back-to-back movies around the world."

Holmes had been seeking sole legal custody of Suri and a division of the couple's extensive property. Her lawyers are reportedly nasty, attention-seekers, which probably explains the speedy settlement talks.

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Update: Holmes' lawyer Jonathan Wolfe said the settlement is complete, "The case has been settled and the agreement has been signed. We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life. We thank Tom’s counsel for their professionalism and diligence that helped bring about this speedy resolution."