Katie Holmes rejected Tom Cruise's plea for her to fly to Iceland to save their marriage.
Last week, the 33-year-old actress' husband begged her over the phone to come and visit him and celebrate his 50th birthday - which took place yesterday - on the set of his movie 'Oblivion' but she refused sparking a blazing phone row.
Katie then filed for divorce soon afterwards.
A source told Usmagazine.com: "He begged her to go to Iceland for one last try at reconciliation. She refused and a huge fight ensued."
Meanwhile, Tom's lawyer has stated the star hasn't made any decisions on how he will fight Katie's request for sole custody of their six-year-old daughter Suri and is currently considering his options.
Bret Fields explained: "Tactically we can't say where Tom will file a divorce case and if he'll be seeking joint custody of Suri. We are letting the other side play the media until they wear everyone out and then we'll have something to say.
"It's not Tom's style to do this publicly. He is really sad about what's happening."
Tom is believed to have flown back from Iceland to the US yesterday.
It has been claimed Katie ended their five-year union because she was concerned he wanted to send Suri to the Sea Organisation - a floating Scientology school.
Those on board the ship are required to commit themselves to the quasi-religious sect for a billion years and allegedly asked to disconnect from any non-believers.
A source said: "In the end we're told Katie felt the only way to prevent Suri from joining the Sea Org ship was to file for divorce and seek sole legal custody."
However, a lawyer representing the Church of Scientology - which was created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard - has claimed no one under 16 is allowed to study on the cruise liner, adding "consent of both parents and/or all legal guardians" must be given before anyone is allowed to board.