Now that we know that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise have reached a divorce settlement just about 2 weeks after she surprised him with divorce papers, the only question that remains about the divorce itself is HOW did Katie manage to pull this off? There is a lot of speculation about what went down (everyone, myself included, has an opinion about what they think went down) but a new report from the LA Times makes the claim that it was careful planning on Katie‘s part that got the whole divorce ball rolling — on her terms. Apparently, Katie first got in commutation with her divorce attorneys by way of a disposable cell phone. In doing so, the report maintains, she managed to blindside Cruise with a fully formed divorce plan that worked PERFECTLY to her advantage. Brilliant. Just, brilliant.
Katie Holmes set the wheels in motion for her divorce from Tom Cruise using a throwaway cellphone provided by a friend to initially talk to her lawyers and avoid her husband knowing about the conversations, according to a source familiar with the divorce. The move allowed her to prepare her legal case without Cruise and his staff knowing she was about to exit the marriage and left him shocked at the sudden divorce. By the time a deal was struck last weekend to end the marriage, she hired three law firms in three states. Holmes will now have primary custody of her 6-year-old daughter, Suri, with Cruise in a quick, behind-closed-doors divorce settlement. But the “Mission: Impossible” star will still have a “meaningful relationship” with his child. The agreement provides Cruise with visitation rights but gives Holmes the lead role in choosing how Suri will be educated, a source said Monday. With a prenuptial agreement governing the distribution of assets, talks between lawyers for Cruise, a prominent member of the Church of Scientology, and Holmes, who was raised Roman Catholic, centered on the role of Scientology in the upbringing of Suri, according to a source familiar with the negotiations but not authorized to discuss them publicly. Holmes wanted guarantees in the settlement to ensure nothing is done while their daughter is with Cruise that would “alienate” Suri from her, the sources said. Cruise and Holmes appeared to refer to the religious component of their split in a joint statement: “We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other’s commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as parents,” they said … The confidential deal was hammered out over the weekend in New York and announced Monday, 11 days after Holmes took the entertainment industry and reportedly her husband by surprise with the filing of divorce papers in Manhattan.
Bravo, Katie … BRAVO! I could tell from the start that Katie Holmes was in control of this break-up. I mean, yes, when I first learned that the couple were splitting, I assumed that Tom — at the very least — had a hand in the way the break-up would play out in the public. But it became quickly very apparent to me that Katie decided to take matters into her own hands ensure that she was in the driver’s seat. Katie is very lucky that she has good friends close to her and a lawyer for a father. I’m convinced that her inner non-Scientology circle helped her pull off this divorce expertly. People, most “regular” divorces take months to settle … this high profile celebrity divorce took days. I’m just crazy impressed with Katie Holmes, I can’t even tell you. I am so excited for the next phase of her life. She’s already proven to be a much more shrewd person than I anticipated. I wonder what other surprises she has in store.