From the Daily Mail:
Katie Holmes can’t hide her excitement after her divorce from Tom Cruise came through last week and she’s hit the shops to celebrate.
The US actress who split from the A-lister last month has a new found enthusiasm for fashion as she reportedly splurged $15,000 on shoes and $10,000 on lingerie in a post break-up shopping frenzy in New York.
‘Katie treated herself to a lavish post-split pick-me-up shopping spree. She wants to show the world who she really is – a beautiful, confident and talented woman balancing single motherhood and a thriving career,’ the source added.
Also, I’m about halfway through Season 3 of Dawson’s Creek, and I’m completely enamored with it. I LOVE IT. I know some of you guys (and, ahem, Emily) said that you were watching the series again (or for the first time), and I wanted to know your thoughts so far. One of our readers, Harriet Meadow, claimed that she petered out after the first season, but I’m proud to say I’m still going strong.
WHERE MY DAWSON’S CREEK BITCHES AT?
August 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm by Sarah
… Which is to say, absolutely nothing. Seriously—nada.
Katie and Tom’s divorce has been finalized, and the details are as follows: Tom will pay monthly child support to Katie (who has full physical custody of Suri) to the tune of $33,333.33 per month until Suri’s 18, and in addition, Tom is responsible for paying all of Suri’s erroneous costs, such as medical, dental, educational, and extra-curricular activity costs.
As for Katie? Yeah, she walked away from being pampered on the regular and rolling in millions and millions of her husband’s dollars, but she gained the best thing she possibly could—freedom from crazy Tom Cruise. Hell, I’d go for broke, too.
In related Katie news, girlfriend’s already returned to the theater scene. From Us Weekly:
Despite her casual attire, Katie Holmes’ performance during a reading of the play One Day When We Were Young was anything but nonchalant.
According to theatergoers present at the surprise, top-secret showing in Williamstown, Mass. Aug. 17, Holmes — clad in jeans, a basic white top and a ponytail — brought her A-game opposite British actor Jeremy Strong. “She capably delivered,” one eyewitness tells Us Weekly. “She was very focused on the piece.”
In fact, “If her part in the reading is an indication, I would say she’s eager to get back to acting,” the witness adds of Tom Cruise’s ex.
I’m so, so glad, Katie. Seriously, do anything right now. Do Geico commercials, I don’t even care. Just get back up on that horse and maybe—maybe!—even do some more talking about that Dawson’s Creek reunion. I’m halfway through Season 3 and going strong. This is some high-quality, good stuff, and I can’t wait to see even more.
August 24, 2012 at 7:30 am by Sarah
Well, not the divorce itself, of course. No, I’m sure she’s still having regular dance parties in her new apartment to celebrate her emancipation from crazy ol’ Tom Cruise. What I mean is that she’s so sorry about that wonderful element of surprise she had in her divorce filing. Because, once again, Tom Cruise is fishing for some sympathy.
From In Touch via Celebitchy:
Giving her powerful husband fair warning that she was leaving him would probably have hobbled Katie Holmes’ attempt to make a quick, clean break. But while Katie’s swift action — which left manipulative megastar Tom Cruise shell-shocked — may have led to a divorce that was reached in record time, a source close to Tom, 50, claims that Katie regrets humiliating him so profoundly and publicly. Says the source, “Katie has apologized to him.”
The thought of Katie falling under Tom’s spell again is chilling, but the 33-year-old actress may have good reasons for appearing to back down. Because they share custody of Suri, 6, the former couple still speak often, which, a friend of Katie’s tells In Touch, can be pretty awkward.
“Tom rarely misses a chance to bring up their relationship,” says the friend, “or say something catty.” Furthermore, Katie can’t ignore — or compete with — the transparent, full-scale campaign Tom’s been waging to win his daughter’s heart. “He’s not parenting her; he’s entertaining her,” a source close to the couple snipes.
Katie is fully aware that Tom’s older children — Isabella, 19, and Connor, 17 — turned away from their mother, Nicole Kidman, after the pair’s split. Despite the fact that she spends far more time with Suri than Tom does, she must be concerned that their vulnerable daughter will prefer the exciting lifestyle he provides. Smoothing things over with him puts her on safer ground.
The source close to Tom reports that Katie told him that “She feels bad about the way everything unfolded, and she’s sorry that she embarrassed him.” That may be salve to Tom’s wounded ego, but Katie’s apology won’t lead to a real reconciliation. “I doubt they’ll ever be friends,” the source says.
If this was any other couple, I’d probably think that the whole surprise divorce move was pretty cold. But, as we all know, this isn’t any other couple. For all the giggles and ridiculousness this whole thing has brought us, this is essentially a woman escaping a cult for the sake of her child. This is a real life Lifetime movie, and drastic times call for drastic measures.
Oh, and of course Tom Cruise is being catty. Not mean or cruel or vicious, but catty. And while we haven’t been reporting every Tom and Katie story – there are only so many hours in the day, you know – Tom certainly has been trying to win Suri’s heart. He’s taken her to Disney World, on helicopter rides, and basically anywhere else a six-year-old girl would want to go. He’s buying a house in Connecticut to be closer to Suri and Katie in New York, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he finds a house with a barn just so he can buy her a dozen ponies.
Whatever happens, I just really, really hope that Katie doesn’t break. It’s usually good for a kid to have at least one sane, stable parent, and one of hers has been out of the running for a very long time.
August 19, 2012 at 10:00 am by Emily
PSYCHE! Really she’s insanely happy because she’s finally free. She’s got a Tom Cruise sized weight off her shoulders, and she is just footloose and fancy free these days. Awesome, right?
Katie Holmes has been living “blissfully happy” since her split from Tom Cruise, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
According to a family insider, Holmes, 33, is wearing a smile on her face that hasn’t been seen since she began dating the Rock of Ages star, 50. And she now gets to see her family more, feels free to concentrate on her career and is no longer living in fear of Scientology.
“Katie is a new woman, she feels refreshed, free of Tom and doesn’t have a worry in the world,” an insider revealed. “When before she used to fret if she was ever single, now she’s happy to be alone. Katie’s enjoying her independence and is working on herself right now. She’s been enjoying the company of her family a lot more, something she couldn’t really do when she was married to Tom. He controlled who she saw and he often wasn’t so approving of her family. Tom also influenced what movies she appeared in, so she was unable to steer her career in the way she wanted to. Now, she has full control over what she wants to do and that freedom is exciting for her.
“Scientology was a huge fear for Katie too. She was raised a devout Catholic and never committed herself to it fully. It always concerned her that they would expose private details of their relationship, and she was scared personal moments would become public knowledge.
“It was a relief for her to be finally rid of Tom, but she was filled with some guilt over the way she did it. When she first met Tom, he whisked her off her feet and she was head over heels in love with him. But soon his controlling nature took all the fun out of their relationship.
“Tom had absolutely no clue that Katie had been planning an escape route for almost a year, but she felt it was the safest way for her and Suri to break free,” the insider revealed.
This isn’t really that shocking – if you look at any picture of Katie taken after she filed for divorce, it’s pretty clear how happy she is, and the idea that Tom Cruise is creepy and controlling is certainly not a new one – but I still think it’s nice to hear.
Would it be really lame to close this up by saying “Team Katie 4 Eva”?
August 7, 2012 at 11:30 am by Emily
… With a really, really cheesy-looking dude.
We’re not going to discount it, because it is, in fact, a date, and even if the guy in question turns out to be nothing more than a friend or a business partner, that’s OK—Katie Holmes would have never been allowed in public with another male if she were still obeying Tom Cruise’s commands. And yeah, while he may look kind of cornball, he still looks like a genuinely happy person, not someone all stone-faced and dangerously obsessed with looking perfect for the cameras and His Public.
Incidentally, I’m about halfway through the first season of ‘Dawson’s Creek’, and I’ve got to admit—I’m frigging addicted. I was having ‘Dawson’s Creek’ dreams last night. It’s bad. And they said Katie Holmes couldn’t act. Pfft. In what universe? Gosh. Best. Show. Ever.
If you’ll excuse me, I’m about to go and watch ‘Baby’, the sixth episode in Season 1. I’m assuming Joey’s sister is going to have her baby, hence the ‘Baby’ title, and I just cannot wait to see what unfolds between Dawson’s parents after his mother was found to be CHEATING WITH BOB. Ugh. I just can’t even. No spoilers, please, OK?
July 28, 2012 at 10:00 am by Sarah
Here’s what was happening in the Cruise marriage four months before the breakup, that made everyone continuously think that these two were in it for the sheer publicity:
Cruise and Holmes stood in a darkened area near the bathrooms [of a theater]. “Everyone’s just staring at them. And he and Katie were extremely touchy-feely. They’re giggling. He was kissing her. And everyone’s like, Wow, this is real—because no one believes it’s real. But if they weren’t real, why would they be all over each other? Everything they do in public is over-the-top. But there was practically no audience. There were only five people waiting for the bathroom.”
Soon, though, the make-out session started to take on a different complexion. “This went on and on,” the witness recalls. “He keeps kissing her. And we’re like, This is strange that they’re still kissing. Who goes out and has a make-out session with their wife? I mean, really. It felt like a poorly directed love scene. It’s like you’re kissing your girlfriend on the subway—if you kiss her fifteen times, it starts to be less cool. By the end, I was just confused.”
And on how the majority of people thought that the relationship was a stunt from the get-go, so they weren’t really fooling anyone:
Barely a month after meeting Holmes, Cruise made the now infamous appearance on Oprah, where he jumped on the sofa, pumped his fists, and otherwise proclaimed how gaga he was about his new girlfriend. Sixty-three percent of respondents in a People magazine poll said they believed the relationship was a publicity stunt. Winfrey later admitted to finding his behavior perplexing.
But now, the interesting perspective that Katie may have actually been in on this whole thing from the start, and the marriage and divorce was only a ploy to launch her career into super-stardom:
• Instead of sitting down with her husband and saying she wanted a divorce, Holmes waited until he was in Iceland, then phoned him with the announcement, and was reportedly unwilling to reconsider.
• Holmes didn’t give Cruise any explanation for the decision, according to someone with knowledge of the situation.
• Afterward, according to the knowledgeable source, Holmes wouldn’t speak to her husband again, instead making him deal directly with her father (a divorce lawyer, as it happens).
• The story as it played out in the press was self-evidently driven by leaks from the Holmes camp.
• At the same time, false stories, uncorrected by Holmes’s publicists, ran, suggesting that Holmes had secured the new apartment without Cruise’s knowledge (in fact, according to Cruise’s publicist, Amanda Lundberg, Holmes and Cruise had agreed to get the apartment in mid-May).
• In Holmes’s daily photo ops, Suri was a conspicuous prop, as she has been for years. If you think this is just a case of a celebrity trying to live a normal life: When was the last time you saw a picture of Blue Ivy? Can you name any of Julia Roberts’s kids?
• Playing into the escape-from-Scientology story line, it was reported that Holmes had now “registered” with a Catholic church. Who “registers” with a church? You just go.
• And Holmes wasted no time in starting filming of a new movie, based on her own screenplay about a single mom, Molly, on the day the settlement was announced.
The story (which you can read in its entirety here) goes on to claim that Katie is, and always has been, the ultimate fame-seeker, and how she was “enraged” by Michelle Williams’ career success post-’Dawson’s Creek’, and that she knew what she was getting into the entire time she was being courted or whatever by Tom Cruise and Tom Cruise’s Tom Cruise Camp, and while it all sounds plausible, I have to shake myself and say, “No! These theories are a plant by Tom Cruise, and I’m not going to allow Tom Cruise to taint my disdain for him with pity for being possibly used.” No, it’s just not going to happen. We’re going to chalk this one up to fable-spinning and leave it at that, OK? I just don’t want to examine it any further because I’m afraid of what kind of conclusion I might come to.