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Katie Holmes reportedly didn’t want Scientologists schooling Suri Cruise

In this Wednesday May 26 2010 file phoUS actor Tom Cruise right poses with his wife US actress Katie Holmes

In this Wednesday, May 26, 2010 file photo US actor Tom Cruise, right, poses with his wife US actress Katie Holmes for the photographers as they arrive for the National Movie Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, in London. Holmes' attorney Jonathan Wolfe said Friday June 29, 2012 that the couple is divorcing, but called it a private matter for the family. ( AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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Updated: August 5, 2012 6:26AM

There are several key issues that led to the collapse of Katie Holmes’ five-year marriage to Tom Cruise — a breakup I’ve confirmed has been brewing for at least a solid year.

Beyond feeling personally suffocated in what a close Holmes friend tells me was a “claustrophobic” relationship with Cruise, the actress was deeply concerned about her husband’s commitment to Scientology — especially as it related to the education of his children.

According to that friend, who worked with Holmes on “Dawson’s Creek,” the actress “was not at all impressed with the way Tom’s older children Isabella and Connor were taught by the Scientolgists’ programs. She felt they did not have the kind of grasp of basic information like kids would get in more traditional schools — either public or private.

“Katie was really surprised by their lack of knowledge about the world in general … current affairs, classic literature, science, other religions or foreign languages,” said the source. “That certainly is not what she wants for Suri.”

† While it’s been noted that Holmes had long planned her exit from the marriage, it appears she depended on a very small circle of longtime friends to assist her — also aided by one or two members of her immediate family. Apparently, her lack of independence from Cruise led Holmes to quietly rent a New York apartment in her name alone and finalize those divorce plans.

† According to a second source — a professional associate of Holmes who has worked with her on several recent films — she also was very unhappy about Cruise’s apparent lack of interest in her career. While he demanded she “always be there for him and his movies, he seemed to care less about hers — and even made fun of some of them, including the proposed ‘Dawson’s Creek’ reunion movie Katie really wanted to do.

“Tom thought it was a dumb idea, and would remind Katie’s fans of her past, not her present or future.”

Apparently, he compared the idea to what he considered washed-up stars doing the remake of “Dallas.”

TV TALK: The final contestant to be tapped for ABC’s “Bachelor Pad 3” is none other than Chicago’s own Chris Bukowski, who was just booted from “The Bachelorette” by Emily Maynard on Monday night’s episode.

FLIGHT OF FANCY: An offhand compliment to Bruce Willis by a flight attendant led to that young woman getting a nice little gift from the actor. When the woman told Willis he had great skin — better than she would have realized — the actor asked her address.

The flight attendant got all flustered, until Willis’ wife, Emma Heming, laughingly told the woman it was all right. According to my Hollywood gossip pal Janet Charlton, the woman received a lovely box of Willis’ favorite skin products about a week later — including some from a top Beverly Hills dermatologist.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Anita Baker got her barbecue fix at Chicago Q. … John Cusack was more in the mood for Mexican, dining at Mercadito. … While in town, Kristin Chenoweth trooped up to the Roof at the Wit Hotel with her cast and crew. … Here for his farewell tour stop at Ravinia, Glen Campbell charmed the team at Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel. … Fans of Sarah McLachlan were tickled to see the famous singer at American Girl Place at Water Tower Place.

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