Monday, June 17, 2024

Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise: Record Breaking Divorce Settlement


Just as I predicted, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes whisked through a divorce settlement. It was all done over the weekend. Katie essentially got what she wanted: her freedom, and Suri. Cruise gets another gagged wife with a confidentiality agreement. Suri will not be raised a Scientologist. Cruise and his religious sect’s secrets are now safe. Hats off to Katie’s family for figuring out how to pull this off. We may never know the real story. But this much is certain: Katie was in New York last March without Tom. In every picture you can see her mother. This was a new twist. Cruise evidently felt secure enough to let Holmes remain in the city by herself, without his minders or the Scientology monitors. That seems to be when the Holmeses arrived, and did whatever had to be done. Their entire plan–from the move to another apartment, the New York lawyers, all of it, was well played by the Holmes family and by the lawyers they selected. Cruise, who ambushed Nicole Kidman with a divorce, separated her from her kids, and tried to back date his separation from her, got sandbagged this time. Now the question is, who will turn up as Cruise’s next “love of his life”? What actress, no matter how ambitious or gullible, will volunteer for this job next?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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