Tom Cruise scraps elaborate 50th birthday party pans following divorce drama

Birthday blues: Tom Cruise is believed to have shelved plans for a 50th birthday bash
Birthday blues: Tom Cruise is believed to have shelved plans for a 50th birthday bash©Broadimage/Rex Features

Tom Cruise cancelled plans to celebrate his 50th birthday with a glitzy A-list party yesterday and jetted back to the USA instead.

The actor has been in Iceland recently, shooting scenes for sci-fi movie Oblivion and was due to stay there until Friday.

Tom who turned 50 yesterday (July 3), was expected to host showbiz pals including Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith at a lavish bash in Iceland, to celebrate the landmark day.

But the star appears to have shelved those plans, and according to The Sun flew back to the US in the early hours yesterday, after shooting wrapped up early on the movie set of Oblivion.

It would be understandable if the Top Gun star didn’t feel like celebrating his big birthday, which fell less than a week after his wife of five years, Katie Holmes, filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason.

And it seems the split came out of the blue for Tom, who was expecting his actress wife to join him for the big day too.

A source told heat magazine: “Tom had been expecting Katie to come to Iceland for his 50th birthday on Tuesday.

“But she wanted to announce the split. She didn’t want to have to put on a show for the cameras. She knew she had to file for divorce and announce it before his birthday.”

While Tom’s birthday might have been a washout we’re sure the star was still pleased to hear that he had topped the Forbes list for Hollywood's highest-paid star in 2012.

Earning around £48 million ($75 million) between May 2011 and May 2012, Tom is way ahead of the joint second and third-placed actors winner Leonardo DiCaprio and Adam Sandler, who both earned $37 million in that period.


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