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London - Katie Holmes was scared she was turning Stepford Wife-style “into a robot” while with Tom Cruise, it was revealed on Saturday.
The former Dawson's Creek actress - who has filed for divorce from the Rock of Ages star after five years of marriage - felt like she had changed “so much” in her time with Tom.
Sources close to the 33-year-old, who played innocent Joey in the popular teen drama, told friends she had found her relationship with the megastar, 49, had become “too much” for her.
A source said: “After five years of this Katie really felt like she was going crazy and that she was actually turning into the robot that the Press had always made her out to be.
“Katie has actually got a great personality and she used to be spunky and feisty. She changed so much when she was with Tom, she became downtrodden and insipid.
“In the end it just got too much, she was sick of it and decided she had to do something. Basically, she grew up and lost the starstruck goggles she had been wearing.”
Katie is reportedly seeking full custody of their six-year-old daughter Suri after beginning to question her life with Tom and his control of their decision making. The source added: “Katie did not want Tom making all the decisions in Suri's life, and that's what was going on.
“She decided it was high time she started deciding on what was best for her daughter, or at least having an equal say, and she knew that would be impossible if she remained Mrs Tom Cruise.”
Holmes's lawyer Jonathan Wolfe made it clear what his client's priority is in a statement: “Katie's primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter's best interest.”
But Katie's parents are happy to have their baby back, too.
The source said: “It's been tough for them over the past five years to watch Katie be controlled by Tom and they really felt that they had lost their daughter to some extent.
“So, that's the one bright side to the divorce - they feel like they're getting the old Katie back again.”
A spokesperson for Cruise, who is currently in Iceland filming his new sci-fi movie Oblivion, added: “Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children.”
The actress filed documents in New York this week citing “irreconcilable differences”. - Independent