The 26-year-old mum-to-be has reportedly decided to ditch her acting career in favour of being a stay-at-home mum.
The Batman Begins star – who once swore she would stay a virgin until she married – says she wants her next starring role to be based in the kitchen, UK tabloid The Sun has reported.
“Katie has decided to give up acting altogether. She’s been telling friends that she and Tom have decided it is best she stays at home and brings up their new baby,” a friend said to The Sun.
“Her decision is raising a lot of eyebrows in Hollywood.
“She is at the perfect age for so many screen roles and has completely closed the door on a promising career.”
Early last month the future Mrs Cruise III and her 43-year-old Hollywood megastar fiance announced they were expecting a child.
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It was third-time lucky for the Mission Impossible star, who did not produce any heirs during his previous marriages to Australian actress Nicole Kidman and US star Mimi Rogers.
Back in April, when the power pair first hooked up, the media dismissed the surprise love match as a publicity stunt; both Holmes and Cruise had blockbusters due for release.
“It’s amusing at first. It’s funny. But then you sit back and realise how sad it is that there are people who can’t even imagine feeling like this,” Cruise said at the time.
“But my friends are happy for me. The people who know me are happy. My mum is happy. My family is happy.”
But this latest development would seem to contradict that theory – unless pundits decide the revelation is just part of a cunning plan to boost Holmes’s cachet as a Tinseltown leading lady.
The impending birth is one of the few shining moments to cap off an otherwise forgettable year for Cruise.
Back in May, Cruise was ridiculed after he appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and jumped on Winfrey’s couch declaring his love for Holmes.
Perhaps Holmes has decided all her future hubby needs is some old-fashioned home cooking and a woman about the house.