Has Tom Cruise finally begun returning to earth? After over a year of proselytizing in the name of Scientology has he perhaps discovered some balance in life? Or maybe his soul mate and mother of his child, Katie, needed more than vitamins and exercise to overcome post-partum depression after the birth of Suri.

Whatever the reason, Tom has officially apologized to Brooke Shields. Appearing Friday on Jay Leno's late night show, Brooke Shields said that last Thursday Tom "came over to my house and he gave me a heartfelt apology." Pretty much everything he's done lately seems "heartfelt", including jumping up and down on Oprah's couch declaring his love for Holmes. Still, it's stunning to think he apologized, especially for something that had its roots in his hard core Scientology beliefs. "And he apologized for bringing me into the whole thing and for everything that happened," said Shields. I would think this a publcity stunt except that Tom didn't do it through a letter in the press. He went to her house in person.

"And through it all, I was so impressed with how heartfelt it was," Shields continued, "And I didn't feel at any time that I had to defend myself, nor did I feel that he was trying to convince me of anything other than the fact that he was deeply sorry. And I accepted it." It's been over a year since Tom Cruise told Matt Lauer on the Today Show that he felt Brooke's shouldn't have taken medication to deal with her post-partum depression. Why wait until now to apologize? It's hard to ignore the fact that his business partner Paramount gave him the boot saying his recent behavior had been unprofessional and unacceptable. Maybe that was the swift kick in the pants he needed to realize what a jerk he's been lately.

Is this a good will stunt or a genuine change of heart? Brookes feels convinced is the real thing. Maybe Tom's a better actor than we thought.

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