It’s only been about a week since Katie Holmes shocked soon-to-be ex-husband Tom Cruise with divorce papers and since that time there has been a lot of back and forth talk about how nasty the divorce might get. It turns out that the split might be more amicable than most people assumed. A new report out this weekend suggests that Katie and Tom are working out a divorce settlement in order to avoid a public battle. Keep in mind, this report has not been confirmed but it does make sense … and it also says to me that Katie is in more control than many people believe.
PEOPLE has learned that for the past few days, lawyers for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have been working to negotiate an agreement between the two stars to avoid a brutal public divorce battle. “Neither one of them wants this to be hashed out in public,” says a source. Holmes’s visit comes after Cruise attorney Bert Fields spoke out to the BBC about the possible next steps for the 50-year-old superstar. “Tactically we can’t say where Tom will file a divorce case and if he’ll be seeking joint custody of Suri,” said Fields.
Firstly, I have to say that I am very happy to hear that the couple are working together amicably toward a settlement that will satisfy both parties. An amicable settlement will be best for everyone involved. Secondly, my gut tells me that Katie Holmes has the upper hand here. The fact that she filed for divorce out of the blue says to me that she has something up her sleeve that will work to her advantage should she need to pull out the big guns. Of course, I cannot know what that secret weapon might be but … I have a very strong feeling that she has some bit of insurance socked away somewhere. The fact that Tom isn’t coming out with guns blazing also suggests to me that Katie is in the power position. To be fair, Tom’s refusal to boldly strike back could just mean that he doesn’t want to hurt Katie or Suri — and if true, that is an admirable thing to do. But … I dunno … my Spidey senses are tingling. My guess is that this divorce will work out in Katie Holmes’s favor. I guess we shall see. Hopefully these divorce negotiations will work out to everyone’s best advantage.