Date: 25th July 2001
TOM CRUISE has applied to end his marriage to NICOLE KIDMAN - six months after he first filed for divorce. The Hollywood hunk - who is dating Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) star Penélope Cruz - is asking the court to end their marriage on 7 August (01) - which is the earliest possible date under California law.
The couple have still to split their estimated $312 million (£240 million) fortune. Hollywood legal experts believe the mission impossible (1996) star may be rushing the divorce through because he wishes to marry Cruz. Lawyer LYNN SOODIK, who represented MEG RYAN in her divorce from DENNIS QUAID says,
"Tom is definitely sending a message to Nicole that the marriage is over. This strategy is frequently used when one of the contesting parties wishes to remarry. " (IG/WNE/RP)