UPDATE: A rep for Cruise disputes Bunte's account of the interview, telling "omg! Insider" that the report is "all false," that they took minor things said out of context, and that the divorce was never even discussed in the interview.
Apparently, Tom Cruise was as surprised as everyone else when news broke that he and Katie Holmes were getting a divorce.
"I did not expect that," Cruise said, opening up about his split for the first time on German TV network ProSieben (as reported by Bunte.de).
After five years of marriage, Holmes announced she was leaving Cruise on June 29, 2012, which reportedly left the actor heartbroken and blindsided.
However, the "Oblivion" star now reveals he has had "an incredible amount of time to reflect" on life after the break up.
"Life is a challenge," Cruise says. "To be 50 and have experiences and think you have everything under control, and then it hits you — that's what life is … Life is tragicomic. You need a certain sense of humor."
The couple has one daughter together, 6-year-old Suri, and reports circulated at the time she was one of the main factors in Holmes' decision to leave Cruise.
People reported the divorce "was a long time coming" for Holmes who was "mostly concerned about the education and care of her daughter Suri." However, the element of surprise was key for Holmes to make that happen.
"She was talking to Tom on the phone up until [the week before] saying, 'I love you,'" a source told the magazine. "Her inner circle [had] been planning this and switching out cell phones since she was in China [in mid-June]."
Holmes' attorney father even helped orchestrate his daughter's quick exit.
In the wake of their separation, Cruise threw himself into work. The actor spent time in Iceland and L.A. wrapping production on "Oblivion," and was rarely spotted outside of work as he and Holmes attempted to reach a settlement regarding custody of Suri.
Meanwhile, Holmes seemed to transition back into the spotlight more easily. The "Jack and Jill" actress made her first public appearance a little over two months after announcing she was leaving Cruise at New York Fashion Week. Cruise retreated out of seclusion later that fall when promotional duty called for his next film, "Jack Reacher."
While Cruise is currently single, Holmes, 34, has very recently been linked to jazz musician Peter Cincotti.
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(Originally published on April 9, 2013, at 9 a.m. PT)