Katie Holmes was not messing around when it came to her divorce from Tom Cruise.
The details behind the end of TomKat remain pretty sketchy. There are million rumors, but nothing much has been confirmed – except that the former couple reached a secretive divorce settlement in record time. But now that the dust is starting to settle, some alleged details are spilling out, including what has to be the most telling detail of all: Holmes reportedly used a disposable cell phone provided by a friend to plan and initiate her divorce from Cruise, according to a source close the divorce (via the Los Angeles Times).
Using the throwaway phone – instead of, say, her own cell phone or one of the telephones in her home – allowed her to prepare her build her legal case without Cruise or his staff discovering her plans before she was ready to act.
Of course, Holmes feeling she needed a pay-and-use phone comes with some implications. She presumably felt she was being monitored, an accusation many wouldn’t consider unrealistic given the allegations that she was being tailed by people affiliated with the Church of Scientology in the lead-up to her separation from Cruise as well as after her divorce filing. (The church has denied the allegations.)
Her secretive planning paid off, of course. By the time she filed to end her marriage, she had taken on three law firms in three states without Cruise’s knowledge (he was reportedly shocked by her filing) and ultimately got exactly what she reportedly wanted – primary physical custody of the couple’s daughter, Suri, and power over how she will be educated.
Cruise’s devotion to Scientology and how the church would factor into Suri’s education and upbringing were reportedly major factors in Holmes’ decision to file for divorce. The couple even appeared to address that well-known fact in the joint statement they released after reaching their divorce settlement, saying, “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.”
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