Katie Holmes used burner phones to throw Tom Cruise off the divorce trail

Of course, there are a million new Katie Holmes stories. It’s Wednesday, the day the tabloids come out, so there’s going to be a lot of Monday-morning-quarterbacking and post-settlement cleanup on Katie and Tom Cruise’s divorce. Where should we start? Well, Katie got the cover of People Magazine again this week. I haven’t seen all of the other tabloid covers, but I’m going to assume that she scored the cover of several (if not all) of the tabloids this week. Here’s an excerpt from People Mag’s “How Katie Took Control” cover story:

Katie Holmes knew she had to make a drastic change. The actress, 33, was increasingly unhappy in her five-year marriage to Tom Cruise as she realized “she no longer had the life she wanted, in terms of her career, her way of life, everything,” a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. So she took action – quickly.

“Once she decided to go, she was done,” says the source.

With help from her unflinching attorney father Martin, she orchestrated a secretive exit strategy that included moving into a new downtown Manhattan apartment, switching cell phones and keeping her megastar husband in the dark – until a bombshell phone call in which she broke the news to him.

“She knew she had to have everything locked down before she pulled the trigger,” says the source, “because there could be no wiggle room if she didn’t want this to turn into a long, drawn-out battle.”

The strategy worked, and on July 9 – just 11 days after Holmes revealed her divorce filing – lawyers on both sides announced they had reached a lightning-fast settlement that sources say gives Holmes what she wanted most: primary custody of their 6-year-old daughter Suri.

Cruise, 50, will have generous visitation rights.

The still-stunned actor “was a happy man and thought he had a happy life,” says another source. “He keeps asking, ‘What’s happening?’ “

[From People Magazine]

I really thought that the “switched out her phones” rumor had been discussed and confirmed last week, but several outlets are running with the story like it’s completely new. The LA Times also has a “behind the scenes of Katie’s escape” story, which you can read here. The LAT says Katie was using burner phones for all of her dealings over the past month, and she had secretly hired three law firms in three states to prepare for her legal fight – all without Tom knowing. The LAT also says that in the divorce/custody settlement, Katie is going to determine how Suri is educated, and Katie got guarantees that Tom and Xenu won’t ever try to “alienate” Suri from her.

Let’s see, what other news is there? Radar and The Enquirer say that the last time Tom and Katie were together – in Iceland several weeks ago – they probably weren’t even staying in the same hotel suite. Apparently, Tom’s bodyguards put tape on all of the hotel security cameras and no one has any idea if Katie and Tom stayed in the same luxe suite. Which… is that news?

One of my favorite stories this morning is from Page Six – I’ve been hearing stuff about Tom having “chemistry” with Olga Kurylenko for a few weeks, but I thought it was all just some counter-PR from Team Cruise, trying to make Tom look like a big, beefy heterosexual dude who might have a wandering eye and OF COURSE that’s why Katie left Tom. Well, Page Six got a tip from Team Cruise that Tom and Olga have “a great deal of chemistry” as they work together on Oblivion, meaning Tommy was like, “Hey, baby, would you like to touch my e-meter?” They were photographed holding hands and looking smiley – while filming a scene. BUT! Team Olga pushed back against the rumors, letting it be known that Olga is definitely dating Danny Huston, and Danny Huston has been her boyfriend for a year or so and of course Olga would not be interested in Tom. Olga’s rep even went on the record with Page Six: “Completely not true. She is dating Danny Huston. You are so going down the wrong path.” No one wants a piece of Tommy. Poor Tommy.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet and People.

 

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  1. lassie says:

    He looks like he’s juicing in the second picture. ‘Roid rage?

    • the original bellaluna says:

      They usually have actors pump a few reps to make them look all cut and veiny prior to a shoot.

      Michael K should have a “caption this” for that first pic. First thing that came to mind? “I now pronounce you husband and husband.”

      • coconut says:

        how did katie fire all the COS people assigned to her without raising red flags with tom?

      • commentingbunny says:

        Can’t find a reply button to coconut, but re how she fired the CO$ people w/o raising suspicions perhaps it was a constructive dismissal where they were still technically in her employ but not doing any real work for her. Or else they thought it was a minor rebellion that could be fixed by Our Lord Tommy and a session in the audit room ….

      • apsutter says:

        I believe it was said that she fired them the day she filed for divorce. I’m guessing she filed and called Tom while it was happening or shortly thereafter. She supposedly sat her Sci team down in her old apartment and dismissed them while her new team was waiting just outside to escort her to her new apartment.

  2. DeltaJuliet says:

    Why do people think it would be so hard for her to orchestrate this wihtout him knowing? It’s not like they are together all that much. I’m sure he’s not hanging around asking her who she’s talking to on the phone for Pete’s sake.

  3. phoenix says:

    This all makes Tom look bad.

  4. emma says:

    I love the colour of Katie’s shoes….

  5. the original bellaluna says:

    Would YOU want a piece of Tommy? ICK. I’ll pass.

    Smart thinking, Katie. For those of you potential escapees out there: if you can’t afford burner phones, turn off (disable) the GPS on your regular cell phone.

  6. MollyB says:

    Does anyone know where Suri’s dress is from? It’s so cute.

  7. Britt says:

    What does “burner phone” even mean? I assume it means that they were like pre-paid cell phones or something similar so they couldn’t be traced?

    I’ve never heard the term.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      That’s what it means. Pre-paid, untraceable, cheap phones you can buy at CVS or Wal-Mart or just about anywhere else.

    • Jacq says:

      Throw-away phones, the ones you pay by the month with no contract. Like boost, cricket, or virgin

    • Talie says:

      Not saying this was the case at all, but she acted like a lot of abused wives do to escape. She plotted for a long, long time if you believe these articles. It’s interesting to get a picture of her headspace during the past two years.

      • TG says:

        Oh I believe it was 100% the case of abuse. She was living in a controlled environment 24/7 with Co$ goons always surrounding her. I mean in 2005 when she gave that awful W interview he had a Co$ goon, Jessica Fishback or whatever she calls her self, was escorting her around making sure she didn’t do or say anthing they didn’t like. And I love the term “burner phone” it sounds so cloak and dagger.

        And Celebitchy there are so many co$ updates it is hard to keep track of them all and I like following all the conversations. After my daughter goes to bed at night I spend several hours reading every comment so as not to miss anything. This has really touched nerve with a lot of us because of the abuse and cult alienation factors. Anyway, keep them coming!! Thanks.

    • RHONYC says:

      @ Britt

      i guess the slang ‘burner’ applies to prepaid phones you’re using to do your dirt with, therefore ‘burning’ some unsuspecting party.

      loves it! :-D

    • RHONYC says:

      @ Talie

      & remember that Oprah ‘Visits Tom & Katie in their Telluride Home’ special where she seemed like a zombie high on Valium.

      it was terrifying!

      go to min 1:23

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH_uiE7SXgs

      thank god for family & friends who love you. don’t take them for granted folks. :-)

      • Krill says:

        What am I missing? I don’t see anything there that seems suspicious… no zombie behavior, drugged-up appearance… nothing. It may have happened at some point in her life with him, but this video offers no proof of that.

      • Katie says:

        Thanks for posting the link to Ophras´s interview. However, I have mixed feelings about the whole situation. It´s just that Tom seems to be such a nice guy…I wish we could now the truth (probably we will never know)…And I agree with Krill (Katie seems fine to me on the video). Anyway,I wish both of them well.

    • RHONYC says:

      @ Krill

      check out the couch-jumping Oprah ep. & other pre-Tom interviews…Katie’s personality comes across as naturally effervescent, even a lil’ silly.

      after she married Tom, she became this somber, serious, soft-spoken bot. that’s the reason why people were calling her ‘Stepford Katie’.

      however, you can see in this Letterman interview from last fall ’11, she had shaken off her chains and returned back to her old self:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAd7IDwD4vE

      ;-)

  8. Nonny says:

    Urgh, I wouldn’t want to be associated with the manic midget mentalhead either!

  9. Mira says:

    The still-stunned actor “was a happy man and thought he had a happy life,” says another source. “He keeps asking, “What’s happening?’”

    This doesn’t sound fine on many levels. Is the actor being referred to Tom? He “thought” he had a happy life? Keeps asking “what’s happening?”

    Yes, exactly, what’s happening???

  10. brin says:

    That’s what he gets for letting Katie visit his “Mission Impossible” sets…she learned from the best!

  11. Jacq says:

    I rarely, if ever, believe the person who says “I thought my life was perfect” pre-divorce filing. I’m sorry, if your spouse leaves you – there’s a reason and probably plenty of clues. Even if you choose to ignore them, they’re there.

    • Relli says:

      Totally agree, a close friend is going through a divorce right now and as she has started to tell me more. I realize now that the warning signs have been there for years, but she brushed them away often. Another friend pointed them out to me a 10 months ago but i didn’t see it myself until 4 months ago and the husband TOTALLY BLINDSIDED. But as she divulges more about his behavior and treatment of her, I dont know how he thought he was in a good marriage.

  12. Rin says:

    I cared when it was Nicole Kidman, but I’ve hated Katie Holmes since Dawson’s Creek. She was pushed on me too hard. Then I think my hate completely solidified with the fashion line.

    People go to design school and commit their whole lives to this and then the Paris Hilton’s, Jessica Simpson’s, etc all get their own fake lines built off the backs of other people.

    Nicole was totally shafted, Katie not so much.

  13. Aussie girl says:

    Lol! ‘ hey baby do you want to touch my e-meter’! Got a big laugh from me :-)

  14. vanessa says:

    Does anyone think this was all part of their contract? Tom pretends to be “blindsided” by the divorce filing to get sympathy and then everything is settled quickly and quietly. I wonder if they had everything hammered out already and this is how they chose to present it together. Tom is clearly nuts, but he certainly doesn’t look worse coming out of this than he did before, and Katie looks better.

    • ZigZagZoey says:

      I had not thought of that yet, but you never know!

    • Karen says:

      I disagree. Tom looks much worse in my eyes, and so does the Co$. I still hope Katie takes down that cult, but it’s lOoking less likely to happen with this quick settlement. I hope she thinks about her moral responsibility to help others trapped in the Co$ and not just about herself. David Miscavige and his ilk are evil.

      • CC says:

        Her first moral responsibility is to her daughter, so I totally support if she says nothing for the daughter’s sake. A LOT of damage has been done and while it will be swept under the rug when the next scandal comes out, the general public’s view of CO$ has taken a HUGE beating. It will be increasigly difficult for them to recruit new people with so many bad stories in the mainstream press.

      • Lucinda says:

        What about her moral responsibility to protect her daughter first and foremost? Yes, I would love it if she blew the whole thing wide open, but just the manner in which she left has people looking at Scientology more closely than ever. She’s done what she needed to do. She has no responsibility beyond that imo.

      • gg says:

        One person, least of all Katie, is not going to take down the c0$. It’s going to have to be the US Government issuing indictments to people first; i.e., MissCabbage, helped by the media, hopefully. Very, very complicated.

      • Emily says:

        Hundreds of people have escaped the cult with harrowing tales of abuse, rape, forced abortions, and slavery. Former top Co$ executives have escaped and said, loudly, that they would be willing to help the FBI.

        I do not understand how anyone thinks Katie Holmes could somehow be the one to know magic secrets that would bring the cult down that all these other people don’t. She cannot have experienced what Valeska Paris, the Headleys, Amy Scobee, Marty Rathbun, Debbie Cook, and etc. ad infinitum experienced. Katie was a celebrity, Tom Cruise’s wife. The cult didn’t beat her, deny her food and sleep, imprison her, force her to have an abortion, or force her to either marry or divorce.

        The Co$ watched Katie 24/7, but we knew that already. What exactly is it about Katie Holmes that is supposed to make her magically able to do what the thousands of reports of Scientology abuse by people who were deep inside has not yet done?

      • gg says:

        Thanking you, Emily. Precisely. Anyone sitting around with popcorn waiting for that to happen is sadly misinformed/uneducated about the Cult.

    • Mira says:

      Part of contract? At the cost of his reputation? No way! With all these details about how Katie escaped, he has come out looking like a monster and also a wimp for not fighting for his daughter. Why would he want that? Why would he want negative attention on CO$?

      • vanessa says:

        Almost all attention to CO$ is negative and Tom’s reputation was already down the tubes. Like I said, I feel he is nuts…all of his credibility was already lost, I really don’t feel any differently about him now than I did before. In my opinion, he looked worse jumping on that couch and calling Matt Lauer glib than he does now.

    • JenD says:

      I wondered that, too. For some reason, I think I read he knew she got that second apartment, but she gave him an explanation he believed. Does anyone else remember that?

      Also, regarding the rumors Suri isn’t his child, it’ll be interesting to see down the road if there’s an eventual weaning away from visitation so that Suri won’t be part of Tom’s life permanently. As in, they’ll keep the charade going, per agreement, for now.

    • cruiz2 says:

      That’s the BIG question! I saw on TV today she went back to Catholic Church in NY. PR tease move or slap face for Tom???

    • Sparkly says:

      I’m starting to believe this. I think the involvement of the church in Suri’s life will be the most telling.

  15. Hautie says:

    Is that Katie’s own Mother in the background there? (White hair, black shades) I would like to think that her Mother is spending some quality time with Katie and Suri this Summer.

    Since we all know that it is the first time in years, they can have a conversation that was not taped by the Cult.

    **I also like those green flats! I have notice a lot of cute flats this Summer, finally.

    After the past few Summers with nothing but big clunky platforms on the shelves. It is great to see so many bright color, pretty flats to buy!

  16. Happymom says:

    Did I read that correctly-not ONE mention of the creepy COS?! That’s the reason she had to be so super-stealth: they were always watching her.

  17. Cam S says:

    Smart girl. She took a page outta the Cheater’s Playbook, Chapter 1 page 5. EVERY cheater has a prepaid cell under their car seat.
    I’m NOT calling her a cheater, but it’s the way to go if you don’t want your partner to know your convos. Trac phones are cheap, and no paper trail

  18. francesca1 says:

    So in addition to “burner phones” and lawyers, does anyone else think Katie was also stockpiling a post-divorce wardrobe? Suddenly she has all these cute dresses and bright colors? Did she buy them just for this occasion or did she have them all along but couldn’t bring herself to wear them? These are the burning questions I need to have answered.

    • RHONYC says:

      my take on it is that bum was behind all of her awful fashion faux paus in the past 5-6 years.

      remember when they 1st got together on that film junket and she was all Gap jeans & leather jackets, you know, like a young person would wear. then ‘he’ decided she should progressively look like Jackie Kennedy, Victoria Beckham (remember that obnoxiously large Birkin, yuck!), and a 40s-something A-lister.

      he controlled her look like she was a paper doll. and now she’s back to looking like Katie Holmes, B.T. (Before Tom).

      many don’t care for her fashion sense, but i think she looks like a regular young woman of NYC. most young girls have this look in the city now…not too contrived, kinda thrown together, long, not ‘coiffed’ hair, not too O-L-D.

      Katie’s uh, win-ning. ;-)

      • TG says:

        Completely agree with you RHONYC – He controlled her look, at least for the first 6 years, this past year, I am not so sure. It also goes along with the controlling behavior. I had a boyfriend like that in college (my first and thankfully last time I have ever allowed a man to control me) and he even cut my hair super short once and I remember thinking it was so cute but several years later upon reflection and talking to my family I realized he was trying to make me ugly so no one would be attractive to me and he also made me wear his sister’s shoes and stuff when I went to visit them because her stuff was better than mine. Yuck.

      • Lithe says:

        And if I recall correctly, that’s not all he tried to control about her. Didn’t he also insist that she be called “Kate” rather than “Katie”?

        I imagine it irritates him when he’s called “Tommy” on gossip blogs.

  19. Cathy says:

    I like the blue dress she is wearing in the one picture. But a brown belt and green shoes don’t go very good with it.

  20. QQ says:

    This whole situation keeps giving me LIFE!

  21. mayamae says:

    Has Suri ever gone this long without being photographed in high heels? I wonder if it was Tom allowing this – you know since she’s not a child but an adult in a child’s body.

    I know Katie can’t hide forever, nor would I want her to but I think it would be good for Suri if they disappeared somewhere for a month or so. She needs a break from the intense paps. She’s rich enough to rent a big enough property that if guarded properly they can hide out and yet Suri can get out and play like a normal kid. Maybe the Holmes family can hide out with them and give them company.

  22. Chatcat says:

    “The still-stunned actor “was a happy man and thought he had a happy life,” says another source. “He keeps asking, ‘What’s happening?’”
    —————————————-

    Katie…you my dahling and your Dad have so captured my respect. I don’t care what stories you do share or can’t share because I don’t like really creepy cult things anyway, but I think you should definitely write a book and it should be titled “How to Dump a Narcissist and Walk Away A Winner At Every Level”.

    The only disappointment is that you won’t be able to write a first hand account of Tommygirls hissy fits, tantrums and overall hysterics when he does realize WHAT HAS HAPPENED! If his couch jumping episode is what he does when he is in a happy place I’d really like to know how crazy bat sh*t he is going right now. Whoohoo!

    Take care of you and Suri.

  23. Ravensdaughter says:

    In an alternate life, perhaps Katie could have been a CIA operative. You go, girl!

  24. Aussie says:

    yes i thought had super powers, how could he not have seen this coming? I’m not usually mean about people I don’t know but I hope Tom’s on the floor in a foetal position as Nicole Kidman was when tom wammied her, she has never had a conversation with him…after 11 years of marriage..he is simnply a sod. Now Nicole’s happier then ever and she has a wonderful family…karma Tom?

  25. Masque says:

    That’s all well and good but did their agreement also state the people in his life (such as his other CO$ kids) can’t try to alienate Suri from Katie? I hope to God it did otherwise, Katie’s fight is only just beginning.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I believe it stipulated that Suri is not to be left unattended with CO$ people, no religion discussed with her until she’s older, and I thought I read something about no contact with CO$ higher-ups (Miscavige).

  26. FANNY says:

    GOD LOVE THE COLOR OF THE BALLERINAS

  27. Little Darling says:

    And the shoes go in for the steal!

    Unfortunately, when divorcing my exhusband who is a)short b)a very successful man c)controlling as ALL hell c)emotionally abusive and kept me “Sequestered” from most of those close to me in a big huge mansion, I had to do the same thing. Hire my lawyers on the stealth, blindside him one morning with serving, then, at MY PARENTS ADVICE left the house with my two young children because they feared he would come find me (which he did). That is the ONLY way you can escape a situation that is full of control and money. It’s not easy, but with my parents unwavering support – both emotionally and financially, I was able to get out.

    When I announced I was leaving EVERYONE was blindsided, including my husband because we always seemed so “perfect”.

    It’s messed up but my life now with my two children is so much better and happier, but yes, I looked over my shoulder for awhile after.

    Freedom cannot be overestimated.

  28. Dandilion says:

    Aw man.. don’t blab out the whole ingenious caper.. leave wifey four be without cheap and easy resources and plans to escape.. where is your ex-wife loyalty..?

  29. Aria says:

    This is going viral. Team Katie all the way!

  30. Caoilfhionn says:

    Do you think this will destroy Tom’s career? My friends and I didn’t really know anything about COS before this and were not huge TC fans but we did occasionally watch his movies. After all this has come out and we have done quite a bit of research our feelings have changes. We were discussing it over dinner last night and not a single one of us feels comfortable with anything associated with COS or it’s members anymore.

    • Jane says:

      I don’t think it will have any effect on his career. People may not like what he does in his personal life, but when they want to be entertained and have to pay for that entertainment, they will overlook that stuff and continue to go see his movies if they were a fan to start with.

      Personally, I think he is a moron to be so completely blind and taken in by the cult he clings to, but I still enjoy watching some of his movies.

      • TG says:

        Agree, though I will not ever watch any movie he or any co$ freak is in if I can help it. I think the only thing that will destroy his career is if the Feds do their job and go breakdown Co$ doors and we either learn evil and illegal things about this tiny maniac or he further self-destructs as in more arrogant “glib” interviews.

    • Lauren says:

      Tommy has met his match with Katie…she was well aware of his Scientology Lifestyle, observed how he treated Nicole like garbage and their children were raised by Tom. This is a cut+ dry business deal, and Katie blindsided Tommy to get a better severance. Katie is not a fantastic actress, latched onto Tom for the hope of fame & fortune. Has anyone noticed how Katie is not flashing her smug smirk anymore? Katie`s team has been planning & smirking for years, planning this lottery settlement.

  31. Jane says:

    There is always going to be some air head who will take him on, but I think a lot of intelligent women will steer clear of him as far as a relationship. Of course, he isn’t going to be interested in anyone who will give him push back.

    All the media coverage over how controlling he is and how his cult has him in their back pocket and what that entails would scare off any woman with half a brain. Then there is his history with Nicole and their children, which is a cautionary tale for any woman who wants to have children with him. But, he will find someone desperate enough to ignore all that.

    He is Tom Cruise, mega movie star, he is full of BS and knows how to overwhelm a woman with that BS, so it will be interesting to see who falls down the trap door next.

  32. Deryn says:

    Am I just projecting or does the kiddo look happier here? Maybe Katie’s less tense, so Suri is, too. Or maybe it’s just the fun of having grandma around.

  33. erika says:

    AWESOME!!!

    I love it!!!

    –nobody wants to touch tommy, understood, me likee
    –katie looks sharp! suri smiles! grandma holmes in the background, smiling, love it!
    –she planned (with help of course) her plan of attack better than Gen Schwarzenegger!

    Love it!

  34. ViloDeMenus says:

    She filed the divorce action AND then fired all of Tom’s people who reported on her movements. By then she had 3 attorney’s in 3 states, she had a new apartment with high security, new body guards hired to supplement the overt body guards, nobody knew what to make of it but Tom did, and so did the c0$. This was really well planned with much of the help and tactical done by only someone she could trust implicitly, her father. Once she pulled the trigger, he moved at lightening speed. I guess he never really like his son in law. Tom just had a big flop, is inline for many parts, he doesn’t have time to dick around with this and not lose money, what does the CO$ love, MONEY!! See it’s a win win. I don’t think he’ll be availing himself of those visitations much between the schedule, and not raising Suri in Scientology, she’s more counter productive for him and a long drawn out fight. The church told him to give in to save them, and he did. I believe there is a clause that he can’t even speak in church jargon to Suri. She is out, and that was what the real issue was, oh and that Katie was essentially living as a hostage, that had a lot to do with it too.