Tom Cruise: Katie Holmes Divorce Quotes Aren't Real!

While promoting his new film, the actor's words were misinterpreted -- or fabricated -- as commentary on the split

Tom Cruise sure picked an odd to time to open up about his divorce from Katie Holmes...or so it seemed. While promoting Oblivion in Vienna this week, the very private actor said some surprisingly candid things about the split. Was it a PR stunt to boost the film's buzz? Nope -- it turns out that the quotes weren't about the divorce at all.

According to the German news source Bunte.de, the TV network ProSeiben asked Cruise for his feelings about Katie leaving him.

"I did not expect that," the actor reportedly replied. "(I) had an unbelievable amount of time to think about it. Life is a challenge...to be 50 and to have experiences and to think you have a grip on everything, and then it hits you -- this is it, what life can do to you. Life is a tragicomedy. You need to have a sense of humor."

We can kind of see Cruise saying those things, but something seemed a little off. After all, it's been less than a year since the divorce, and Tom has never really spoken publicly about his other relationships.

Turns out our instincts were correct. Tom's rep told People that all the supposed quotes about the divorce were either fabricated or taken out of context. Interviewer Steven Gaetjen concurred, saying he'd never asked Cruise about Holmes.

Here's what Cruise did say: he thinks it's "great to be 50." Making films is "a constant learning process." And if his kids Connor, Isabella and Suri want to go into show biz, "the door is open for them." Hmm -- the real interview quotes are a lot less interesting!

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