The actress, 33, was increasingly unhappy in her five-year marriage to Tom Cruise as she realized “she no longer had the life she wanted, in terms of her career, her way of life, everything,” a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.
So she took action – quickly.
“Once she decided to go, she was done,” says the source.
With help from her unflinching attorney father Martin, she orchestrated a secretive exit strategy that included moving into a new downtown Manhattan apartment, switching cell phones and keeping her megastar husband in the dark – until a bombshell phone call in which she broke the news to him.
“She knew she had to have everything locked down before she pulled the trigger,” says the source, “because there could be no wiggle room if she didn’t want this to turn into a long, drawn-out battle.”
The strategy worked, and on July 9 – just 11 days after Holmes revealed her divorce filing – lawyers on both sides announced they had reached a lightning-fast settlement that sources say gives Holmes what she wanted most: primary custody of their 6-year-old daughter Suri.
Cruise, 50, will have generous visitation rights.
The still-stunned actor “was a happy man and thought he had a happy life,” says another source. “He keeps asking, ‘What’s happening?’ ”
Thing is, too, that I have absolutely every confidence that this story is true. Because come on. It’s People, for crying out loud. They outed Johnny Depp’s split with Vanessa Paradis months before it was even officially confirmed. My thoughts on People’s validity has only been reinforced by recent developments in celebrity breakups, and I’m going to take almost everything they say from now on as creed.
Moving forward, Katie allegedly signed a confidentiality agreement prohibiting her from discussing anything Tom-related with the public for probably, like, the rest of her life. But that doesn’t mean she can’t leak information to “sources” who can do the talking for her, you know? That’s definitely something that’s going to happen (I’m hoping), and that’s another reason why I think this story is also absolutely true.
Also, no doubt on the “other” source being a plant by Tom, because that pathetic “What’s happening, what’s happening” thing legitimately makes me want to vomit. In his face. Please. It’s like, do try to be less obnoxious, Tom. Let’s not pretend you didn’t have this coming or that your world was just so completely rocked by the news that you were willing to give up shared custody of your daughter because you were so fearful of what kind of news might break about the REAL you.