Archives for July 2012

Celebrity Wedding Dress Designer Vera Wang Officially Separated

Celebrity designer Vera Wang and husband Arthur Becker are calling it quits, Women’s Wear Daily recently reported. It’s unclear whether either party has filed divorce papers.

Wang and Becker were married in 1989 and have two daughters, Josephine and Cecilia. When they first met, Wang was designing for Ralph Lauren and Becker was a stockbroker at Bear Stearns & Co.

Becker reportedly has been very involved with the day-to-day operations at Vera Wang and advised Wang closely as her business developed. This might make their divorce a tricky situation.

Their $10 million glass-walled home that Wang purchased in L.A. last year might become one of the large sources of tension, TMZ reported.

Large assets, companies and complicated financial situations can be a heated topic in divorce. Check out this Who Owns What? Legal Center to make divorce finance as simple as possible.

Vera Wang arrives at the MOCA's Annual Gala "The Artist's Museum Happening" 2010

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Antonio Banderas on the Brink of Divorce?

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas at the 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards in September 2011

Antonio Banderas and his wife, Working Girl actress Melanie Griffith, might be on their way to divorce, according to rumors in the gossip blogs this week.

RadarOnline is reporting that Griffith was spotted recently without her wedding band after rumors surfaced that Banderas cheated.

A source told the publication that the last thing Banderas wants is a “nasty high-profile divorce”, and he will do anything to keep Griffith from leaving him.

Banderas reportedly said that as a couple, along with their 14-year-old daughter Stella, they endured their toughest time in 2009 when Griffith sought treatment for addiction to prescription drugs. He states the secret to their long-lasting marriage has been loving each other and supporting one another in the tough times.

If Banderas cheated, will this be yet another hurtle in their marriage, or is this the tipping point for the Hollywood couple? Losing the wedding ring (temporarily) might be Griffith’s first step, but she may not know how long this divorce could take. Check out our Divorce Timeline to see how long it may take to finalize a divorce.

Banderas divorced his first wife, Ana Leza, in 1996. Both Griffith and Banderas were married to other people when they first met on the set of Two Much.

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Katy Perry and Russell Brand Divorce Is Officially Over

In contrast to the 11-day-long TomKat divorce, Katy Perry and Russell Brand’s Divorce Timeline took the typical six months to be final. Today, according to E! Online, the Perry-Brand union of only 14 months was officially dissolved.

Katy Perry in Los Angeles February 2012

Brand, 37, filed for divorce in February citing “irreconcilable differences” although the divorce has been anything but contentious. The adorable Hollywood couple reportedly smiled when signing the divorce documents.

Plus, the couple had not signed a Pre-Nuptial Agreement and Brand could have demanded half of her fortune and part of the $6.5 million mansion they bought together. The ever-smiling Brand, however, did not request one penny from Perry and handed over the rights to what was once their marital home.

Are you considering divorce? Who Keeps the House and Can You Really Be Happily Divorced?

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Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise Divorce Timeline

How did gorgeous Hollywood actress and mother Katie Holmes escape from actor and father Tom Cruise and how did this unexpected Hollywood divorce get settled amicably in just 10 days? Here’s a detailed TomKat divorce timeline. On June 28, Jack and Jill actress Katie Holmes, 33, filed for divorce from Rock of Ages star Tom Cruise, who just happened to turn 50 in the middle of perhaps the quickest Divorce Timeline ever.

Katie Holmes in Los Angeles May 2011

How did Holmes plan her escape from Mission Impossible brand star Cruise? Weeks before filing for divorce, it seems Holmes used a disposable cell phone bought by some friends to seek legal counsel and set herself up in a posh downtown Manhattan apartment separate from the Cruise clan’s usual New York City pad.

Thursday, June 28: New Jersey divorce lawyer Jonathan Wolfe files for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences” (while Cruise was filming Oblivion in Iceland). She also hires New York attorney Allen E. Mayefsky to represent her. In the divorce paper filing, Holmes requests “sole” and “primary residential custody” of the couple’s six-year-old daughter, Suri.

Friday, June 29: Rumors abound that Holmes’ attorney Wolfe did an “emergent filing” for emergency custody of Suri. This was later denied by Wolfe who says Holmes has only filed via “anonymous caption.” Buzzfeed reports this means “papers are filed with initials only, or sans names entirely, making the case harder for journalists and other interested parties to track through the court system.”

“The reports about an emergent filing last Friday are incorrect. Other than her action for divorce, the only pending application filed by Ms. Holmes remains her request for an anonymous caption,” says Wolfe in an interview with L.A. Now.

Sunday, July 1: News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch got into the fray when he tweeted on the TomKat divorce. “Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in hiearchy,” Murdoch tweeted, adding, “Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people.”

Monday, July 2: Holmes got down to the business of life after Cruise on Monday. People reported Holmes was seen on the set of Lifetime’s Project Runway in New York City perhaps alongside another famous star in the middle of a contentious divorce, Heidi Klum. (Season 10 of Project Runway airs July 19.)

TMZ reported Holmes fired her longtime bodyguard and a driver, both of whom had worked for Mr. Cruise before the marriage. A six-member bodyguard team, so says TMZ, has replaced all of her pro-Tom security guards.

In addition, Holmes announced she has divorced her Slate PR publicist. She is now being represented in New York by Leslie Sloane and in Los Angelesby Nanci Ryder. Her PR team reports Holmes will be filming Responsible Adults with actor Chace Crawford “later this year.”

Tuesday, July 3: With new security team along, the newly-free Holmes takes daughter Suri out for ice cream in Manhattan. How is she doing? “I’m all right. Thank you. ¡Escandalo!” so says Holmes to a New York Daily News reporter on the scene.

Thursday, July 5: Holmes. daughter Suri and some friends visitNew York’s Children’s Museum of the Arts andAlice’s Tea Cup.

Friday, July 6: Cruise’s lawyer Field talks to the media today. “Tactically we can’t say where Tom will file a divorce case and if he’ll be seeking joint custody of Suri,” says Fields.  “We are letting ‘the other side’ play the media until they wear everyone out and then we’ll have something to say.” He added: “It’s not Tom’s style to do this publicly. He is really sad about what’s happening.”

Also today, self-exiled Scientologist Marty Rathbun posts a “hastily-penned email to members giving them tips on how to handle the barrage of negative media,” so reports New York Daily News. “When people start to bring our religion into the middle and a bunch of uninformed people start to spread false datum, rumors and defame our religion it became a matter that does affect my Dynamics and I believe that affects yours as well,” so writes Scientologist Daniele Lattanzi. “I am not somebody that I am going to simply stand and watch a bunch of uninformed people putting my religion under the carpet.”

Saturday, July 7: Holmes was photographed walking in casual attire to her lawyer’s office in New York City. It is now assumed she signed the final settlement just 10 days after her lawyer filed the official documents on June 28.

Monday, July 9: All the “amicable divorce” details (well, as many as Holmes and Cruise would divulge) hit the streets and started a media firestorm. Even the lawyers all congratulated themselves in the papers, online and on news TV shows. “Tom is really pleased we got there, and so am I,” said Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields. Holmes’ attorney Wolfe said: “We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.”

In a joint statement crafted jointly by the now-divorced couple and publicist Amanda Lundberg, Holmes and Cruise told this to their fans: “We are committed to working together as parents to accomplishing 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.”

Rumors have also surfaced that the settlement has Cruise paying around $10 million to Holmes in regular child custody installment for the next 14 years or until daughter Suri turns 18.

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Is Holmes Escaping a Cult?

The email communication was distributed by Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs, “which Rathbun describes as the ‘dirty trick and propaganda arm of Scientology Inc.,” continues the Daily News story. The story also says the email gives Scientology members ways to “take action again derogatory online messages, which have flooded cyberspace,” since the TomKat divorce announcement. Members were also “urged to scour the internet for offensive statements and report them to website monitors with a note explaining the comments are in violation of the code of conduct.”

Usmagazine.com is reporting some of the most scathing “TomKat” divorce revelations in what is looking more and more like controlling cult behavior was at the heart of the split. “Every move she made and everything she did was controlled. … This is about protecting her daughter. She wants to be in charge of how Suri is being raised and didn’t want her to have an exclusively Scientology education,” so says an insider in the Usmagazine story.

Regarding daughter Suri, the story claims Holmes is seeking sole custody because “she felt she had to get out to save her daughter.”

Save her from what? Other TomKat “insiders” say Papa Cruise is allegedly an advocate for Scientology’s Sea Organization. Also known as Sea Org, this organization within the Scientology religion is rumored to teach the “highest levels of Scientology” and some children as young as five are even sent to live there without their parents. Oscar winner Paul Haggis – along with several ex-Scientology followers – has been outspoken about control and emotional abuse at the hands of Sea Org’s staff. But a top Scientologist denies that any child under the age of 16 attends the Sea Org boarding school and both parents (or legal guardians) must agree in writing to send their children there.

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What’s at Stake?

Cruise and Holmes are worth an estimated $275 million and they are supposedly armed with an “extensive pre-nuptial agreement,” so says TMZ publisher Harvey Levin. Cruise and Holmes were married in 2006 at a lavish ceremony at a castle inItaly.

Levine Breaking News reports Holmes will get “virtually nothing” from Cruise “because their prenup cuts her out of his fortune.” Plus. LBN says “sources connected with Katie tell us it’s just fine with her.” The pre-nuptial agreement Holmes signed is allegedly “extensive” and means “Katie will walk away with what she brought into the marriage … and hardly anything else.”

The Huffington Post is reporting the couple’s pre-nuptial agreement awards a mansion inMontecito,Calif., to Holmes. It is unclear who will keep the behemothBeverly Hillsestate that Cruise bought in 2007.

This was Holmes’ first marriage and divorce. Cruise has been married twice before. His first wife was actress Mimi Rogers. Cruise has two children with his second wife, Nicole Kidman.

How long does it really take to divorce? Check out our Divorce Timeline

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Katie Holmes Gets Down to Business as Tom Cruise Divorce Heats Up with Cult Allegations

Last Thursday, Jack and Jill actress Katie Holmes, 33, filed for divorce in New York from Rock of Ages star Tom Cruise, 49. Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields released a statement over the weekend while Holmes waited until today to announce her shift in PR firms and work on an upcoming film with actor Chace Crawford. Also, details about her life with Scientology follower Tom Cruise and his cult-like religion are emerging. Yes, Cruise’s religious beliefs and how it is affecting their six-year-old daughter Suri is at the crux of their split, so say insiders.

Katie Holmes in Los Angeles Nov. 2011

Today, People.com reported Holmes was seen on the set of Project Runway in New York City perhaps alongside another famous star in the middle of a contentious divorce, Heidi Klum. (Season 10 of Project Runway airs July 19.)

TMZ is also reporting Holmes fired her longtime bodyguard and a driver, both of whom had worked for Mr. Cruise before the marriage. A six-member bodyguard team, so says TMZ, has replaced all of her pro-Tom security guards.

Holmes announced today that she is also divorcing her Slate PR publicist, so reports Mirror Online. The doe-eyed actress is now being represented by BWR Public Relations in New York by Leslie Sloane and in Los Angeles by Nanci Ryder. Her PR team reports Holmes will be filming Responsible Adults with actor Chace Crawford “later this year.”

How Holmes Escaped from Cruise

How did Holmes plan her escape from Mission Impossible brand star Cruise? It seems Holmes set herself up in a separate apartment from the Cruise clan’s usual New York City pad. Then, she hired New Jersey divorce lawyer Jonathan Wolfe and high-powered New York attorney Allen E. Mayefsky to represent her and file for divorce (while Cruise was filming Oblivion inIceland) on grounds of “irreconcilable differences.” In the divorce paper filing, Holmes has demanded “sole” and “primary residential custody” of the couple’s six-year-old daughter, Suri.

Usmagazine.com is reporting some of the most scathing “TomKat” divorce revelations in what is looking more and more like controlling cult behavior was at the heart of the split. “Every move she made and everything she did was controlled. … This is about protecting her daughter. She wants to be in charge of how Suri is being raised and didn’t want her to have an exclusively Scientology education,” so says an insider in the Usmagazine story.

Regarding daughter Suri, the story claims Holmes is seeking sole custody because “she felt she had to get out to save her daughter.”

Save her from what? Other TomKat “insiders” say Papa Cruise is allegedly an advocate for Scientology’s Sea Organization. Also known as Sea Org, this organization within the Scientology religion is rumored to teach the “highest levels of Scientology” and some children as young as five are even sent to live there without their parents. Oscar winner Paul Haggis – along with several ex-Scientology followers – has been outspoken about control and emotional abuse at the hands of Sea Org’s staff.

What’s at Stake?

Cruise and Holmes are worth an estimated $275 million and they are supposedly armed with an “extensive pre-nuptial agreement,” so says TMZ publisher Harvey Levin. Cruise and Holmes were married in 2006 at a lavish ceremony at a castle in Italy.

Levine Breaking News reports Holmes will get “virtually nothing” from Cruise “because their prenup cuts her out of his fortune.” Plus. LBN says “sources connected with Katie tell us it’s just fine with her.” The pre-nuptial agreement Holmes signed is allegedly “extensive” and means “Katie will walk away with what she brought into the marriage … and hardly anything else.”

The Huffington Post is reporting the couple’s pre-nuptial agreement awards a mansion in Montecito, Calif., to Holmes. It is unclear who will keep the behemoth Beverly Hills estate that Cruise bought in 2007.

This was Holmes’ first marriage and divorce. Cruise has been married twice before. His first wife was actress Mimi Rogers. Cruise has two children with his second wife, Nicole Kidman.

How long does it really take to divorce? Check out our Divorce Timeline

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