Katie Holmes & Suri love their new life: ‘New York has been very good to both of us’

Katie Holmes

Good news is seldom as interesting as controversial gossip, so I don’t expect many comments on this story. It is still worth discussing how happy Katie Holmes is compared to a few years ago. Remember those sad photos of a bedraggled Katie wandering aimlessly in Manhattan? Her outward appearance — messy clothes, no makeup, and noticeably grey hair — told everyone exactly how she felt inside. Katie was never allowed to go anywhere without her Scientology minders and bodyguards. She couldn’t even enjoy living in one of the most amazing cities in the world. These days, life is a whole lot different for Katie and Suri. Katie is absolutely thrilled to live her life in freedom and can’t stop gushing. She’s also talking up her partnership with Kohl’s to fund research for breast cancer:

Katie Holmes is in love — with the Big Apple!

“I love the community in New York. I love New Yorkers. I ran into someone on the street the other day that I went to high school with,” Holmes says. “I love the moments of spontaneity every day.”

Since splitting from husband Tom Cruise in July of 2012, Holmes, 35, and daughter Suri, 7, have called Manhattan home.

“New York has been very good to both of us,” she says. “I love the theater, the galleries in my neighborhood. Stuff [like] that is so much of what makes me love this city. I love the Knicks. I love talking to my neighbors in the elevator. I like feeling a part of something big.”

One project that’s definitely big for Holmes? Her commitment to the fight against breast cancer. The actress is teaming up with Kohl’s department stores to encourage women to start a conversation about breast health in an effort to confront what she calls the “pink elephant in the room.”

“I’ve known a lot of people who have been diagnosed and women tend to take care of everyone else before our own needs,” Holmes says. “Becoming a parent made me much more aware of my own health. I want to be there for my child for a long time.”

Beginning Feb. 18 through March 8, Kohl’s will donate $1 to Komen, a breast cancer organization, for every pink Kohl’s Cash coupon redeemed. That adds up to a minimum of $100,000 up to $1 million.

The department store is also selling pink elephant necklaces from the LC Lauren Conrad collection, beginning Feb. 19, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the fight against breast cancer through Kohl’s Cares, the company’s philanthropic platform.

“Hopefully it will cause women to have the conversation and really support each other through prevention,” Holmes says of her efforts. “It affects one in eight women and anything I can do to help I’m on board with.”

[From People]

The words “I want to be there for my child for a long time” mean a lot to any parent. I do suspect that Katie also wants to make sure she’s around to keep Suri from ever living with Tom. Beyond that, it’s great that she’s so happy. New York City is an amazing place and a dream home for many people. Katie’s fortunate to have escaped the Lift Monster so she can live her dream life with Suri. It’s good to know that they are both happy and that her struggle for freedom was worth it. Happy gossip endings do happen!

Katie Holmes

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  1. MrsBPitt says:

    Katie looks like a different person from a couple of years ago…very happy for her!

  2. mzizkrizten says:

    I’ve adored her since Dawson’s Creek… so happy to see her happy.

  3. Belle Epoch says:

    Amazing when you think where she was before. I never pitied Katie because I think she married Tom to become a big star – it was a stupid move. Also we know she’s a liar. But she paid for her greed and got away! Now could she just stop with the side smirk?

    • mayamae says:

      I have some compassion for her, but she had a part in alienating Connor and Isabella from Nicole. How a mother can do that to another mother is beyond me. I remember the very cruel way she threw her relationship with Connor and Isabella in Nicole’s face. After Nicole gave an interview talking about being hurt by the fact C and I call her by her name instead of mom, Katie then gives an interview bragging about how they call her mom.

      I also didn’t find Katie particularly brave. She saw from day one what Tom (and she herself) did to ruin Nicole’s relationship with her own children after disagreeing with Scientology. In fact, she married him after knowing these things. While Katie was portrayed as a starry eyed virgin snatched up by an older man when she was barely of legal age, she was an adult woman who had been involved in at least two serious sexual relationships, and had been in Hollywood for a decade. The brave person in her story was her father. If anyone was going to disappear and never be heard from again it was him.

      At least Nicole and Katie’s suffering makes it pretty impossible for Tom to hire another wife any time soon by dangling acting roles. It’s pretty difficult to pretend Katie got a stellar acting career out of marrying him. I’m actually shocked he hasn’t remarried already. Auditions must not be going well.

      • Andrea1 says:

        I agree with the both of you completely Katie is no saint as portrayed by the media. And the funny thing she didn’t get what she wanted from Tom. No career for her, he didn’t upgrade her at all.
        I think Tom’s divorce from Katie really damaged his image big time. And he knows it. I think keeping a low profile relationship is what he is doing. On another note why would someone want to marry Tom? Yuck!

      • Miss T says:

        A lot of people have wondered why Katie would marry Tom after he alienated the kids from Nicole. When Tom and Katie first got together, I believe Bella and Connor still had a decent relationship with Nicole. There were photos of Nicole and the kids. Both she and Tom mentioned that they shared custody. (BTW, I’ve seen the video of the interview where Nicole mentioned that the kids don’t call her ‘mom’ and she was clearly joking). As, the kids got older they seemed to become more and more distant from Nicole. It’s possible that Katie saw what was happening, and decided to get out of the relationship.
        I have no doubt that Scientology has damaged Bella and Connor’s relationship with their mother and I think that’s awful. But at the same time, I don’t think Nicole is completely innocent. You say that Katie is a grown woman who is responsible for her own actions. I agree, but the same thing applies to Nicole. She willingly chose to move across the country from her children. In her interviews she goes on and on about having biological children and how much it means to her. I wonder how her adopted children feel when they read that?
        In short, I don’t think either Nicole or Katie are saints. That said,I am genuinely happy that both of them seem to be happy with their lives, despite everything they’ve been through.

      • mayamae says:

        Miss T, I did not get the impression that Nicole was kidding. I find it hard to believe that she was considering we now know what was happening in their relationship. I think Nicole has stopped talking about her older kids for self protection. She doesn’t seem to have a true relationship with them and would be called out on it in an interview, and frankly it’s a very painful matter to be somewhat of a stranger in your own children’s lives.

        Tom also made comments some found insensitive after Suri was born. I imagine it’s a powerful connection to have a biological child after you’ve had adopted children. I’m adopted myself, and had a great relationship with my parents. I think if they were able to have a bio child after me they would have found the experience “richer” for lack of a better word. That doesn’t mean better, or more important. I’ve not had a bio child and know none of my biological relatives. I’ve never had anyone in my life that I look like, and I can imagine the power of that connection if it’s never before been experienced.

        I do notice that neither Tom nor Nicole describe Connor and Isabella as adopted children. Something the media finds impossible to forget. When they die at age 100, their senior citizen children will be described in the papers as adopted. Now that gets under my skin. As well as the need to describe someone as a “half” sibling as they do with Julia Robert’s sister. Most of Marie Osmond’s children are adopted, and it’s easy to figure out which ones if you backtrack her pregnancies. But when she’s asked which of her kids are adopted, she answers “I forgot”. I’ve always thought that was pretty cool.

      • Miss T says:

        @mayamae, did you see the video that I mentioned? Nicole was smiling when she said it. The media took her words out of context. I think her rep even released a statement saying that Nicole was joking.

        Most parents who have both adopted and biological children say that there is no difference. However, even if you believe that it is natural to feel a deeper connection to your biological children, I still don’t understand why Nicole feels the need to PUBLICLY mention this. If her relationship with her older children is already strained, why add more fuel to the fire by repeatedly making comments that could potentially be hurtful to them? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

        Anyway, my main point was that the kids still had a relationship with Nicole when Tom and Katie first got married. So while I don’t think Katie is completely innocent, I don’t think she knew exactly what she was getting into. By the end of the marriage I do believe Isabella and Connor had disconnected from Nicole, and that was part of the reason why Katie left.

      • Bridget says:

        Its called a cult. Nicole Kidman was labelled a Suppressive Person and the Cruise kids were systematically alienated from her by $cientology, not Katie Holmes. Its a classic cult move – isolate members away from their outside friends and family.

        Yes, Katie Holmes got into a contract marriage. But I really don’t think she realized the extent of what she got into, of how deep that hole really was. She really is lucky to be out relatively unscathed, and obviously a great deal of that is due to her dad.

    • Tapioca says:

      As I child I grew up with Aesop’s fables. Future generations will learn to be “careful what they wish for” via Lifetime’s “The Katie Holmes Story”…

    • CF98 says:

      I never understood what people based this on? People assume she married him for $$$ if that were the case wouldn’t she have stayed married to him? After all she had more fame and $$$ with him than without. I mean you don’t really hear from her that much or see Suri as much either. She never talks about him in any capacity. And she was already in Batman Begins and done other things before she met the guy. How exactly is she this manipulative golddigger?

      How come Tom never fought for custody of Suri? (I’m guessing he’s not the biological father) if Katie is as evil as people think she is. Surely with his power and influence he could’ve portrayed her as this horrible awful human being people here think she is. I mean that didn’t stop him with Nicole who left those kids with Tom and never suffered any backlash over it.

      • jj says:

        Her father came up with an airtight 5 year contract. TC got to claim the kid was his and I am sure she got some compensation for herself and the kid. I feel sorry for the kid though, first she was used for happy daddy/happy family pictures and now her own mother uses her to keep her career going.

    • Mich says:

      “Also we know she’s a liar.”

      I’m sorry. What? That sounds just nuts.

      Young woman swept off her feet by big star. Big star is a manipulative megalomaniac. Young woman gets pregnant, further tying her to big manipulative megalomaniac star. Young woman finds herself trapped in a cult. Young woman unravels. Young woman breaks free. Young woman now doing great.

  4. Anastasia says:

    Awww, good for her! I was happy when she left him. It’s good to know she’s doing well.

    That being said, that coat in the bottom pic looks like she skinned a Muppet. Perhaps the dog who plays the piano?

  5. LadyMTL says:

    I can only imagine how happy they both must be now that they’re away from all of that freaky-deaky CoS sh*t. Maybe Suri actually has a chance to be a relatively normal little girl…fingers crossed.

  6. T.fanty says:

    No, making a shedload of money by selling out her faith, freedom and child has been good to her.

    • FLORC says:

      Have you not had your coffee yet
      How did she sell out her faith? Which I’m assuming is Catholic.

      • T.fanty says:

        By entering into an arranged marriage with a scientologist, making a shedload of money from it, and getting out.

        I don’t doubt that she got in over her head with those lunatics, but she played the game, and lost. I’m happy the little girl is out of there, but I also don’t buy that “poor innocent Katie fell in love with a lunatic” schtick. She was going for A-list fame and fortune, and was willing to marry someone for that. If one is a Catholic, as she purports to be, that’s not sown thing that would be an option. Are we supposed to believe that Scientology auditioned all of his girlfriends, but she was dumb enough to go through this screening and still think it was love?

      • Andrea1 says:

        T Fanty am with you all the way. It always amazes Me the kind of sympathy this woman got from the public. She knew what she was getting into and was in it for the Alist status and the money even when she was warned. She wasn’t forced or blindsided into the relationship. Pls enough of the sympathy..

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I also find it odd that she’s happy in a place where hoards of paparazzi follow her child’s every move. The massive quantity of photos of that little girl makes me sad.

      • T.fanty says:

        I have a friend who lives in her building and she tells me that even though there is a private exit out back, Holmes always uses the front door, where the paps are. She knows what she is doing.

      • MrsBPitt says:

        @GoodNamesAllTaken – There is safety in numbers….remember Scientology has allegedly made people disappear…it would be hard to hurt someone when they are constantly followed by paps…

      • mayamae says:

        MrsBPitt, I no longer buy that excuse. Scientology has been outed to the world, and the eyes of that world are trained on Suri. Tom probably prays nightly (or whatever CO$ do) that Suri doesn’t experience the smallest injury, for he and his religion will be blamed. The days of making people disappear are over for the most part when it comes to celebrity members of CO$.

        Shelly was able to be made to disappear for so many years because the only people she associated with were in the cult and they were able to close ranks. Katie’s father would never remain silent, and any kidnapping attempt would not happen on the slow stroll from doorman to car.

        I’m actually surprised that Tom has given up on Suri so quickly, but it appears he may consider her a SP. Now that interest in Suri has died down greatly, it would be nice if she could live a more anonymous life in a slower part of the country. I thought Katie would return to the Midwest, but I guess she didn’t want to.

      • CF98 says:

        LIke her or not a lot of actors live in NYC why would she live in the Midwest? I mean she could but its much easier to live in NYC/LA so she can commute to where she needs to be. Besides if you are so sick of pics of her and Suri don’t click on them because people have an interest in them otherwise the Paps would’ve moved on to someone else and for the most part they have you don’t really see or hear about Suri unless you camp out at celeb blogs.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I don’t dislike Katie. I didn’t say she should live in the Midwest. I don’t click on pictures of Suri. I don’t camp out at celebrity blogs. This is the only one I visit. I think that addresses most of the topics in the grammatical horror story that is your rant.

      • dizzylucy says:

        My guess is she’s also trying to rebuild her career and stay in the spotlight a bit as well.
        She obviously made some bad choices with Tom, but I’ve always had the impression it turned out to be way worse than she ever anticipated – hence the rather well planned out escape.

      • Bridget says:

        For those of you who don’t think going up against $ci is a big deal and that Holmes is just double dealing with the paparazzi, read Tony Ortega’s blog. The $ci’s are insane and feel like they’re legally untouchable. People do disappear. It is a big deal that she left, and her high profile is a huge part of what’s kept her safe. Just ask Shelly Miscavige.

    • Miss T says:

      She really didn’t get all that much money from Tom. She reportedly got child support and nothing more. For a man worth, hundreds of millions of dollars, he got off pretty cheap. Of course, she has her daughter which is the most important thing in the world.

      Re: the paps, Suri actually hasn’t been photographed much lately. There have been maybe a couple of photos so far this year.

    • Red32 says:

      Has Katie ever said she was a practicing Catholic? I only ask because my Catholic parents refuse to acknowledge that I am not Catholic. I was raised Catholic because I had no choice, but I am not Catholic anymore, they are. That’s not turning on your faith, it’s having a mind of your own.

  7. FLORC says:

    She looks great and she escaped a still powerful cult with her child. Good for her!

  8. BeckyR says:

    She isn’t much of an actress…guess Tom’s money makes New York so much fun. You need a lot of it to live like she does.

  9. Granger says:

    I think it’s also very telling — and absolutely awesome — that she hasn’t jumped into another relationship yet. She’s setting a great example for her little girl — getting out of that cult and now living a full life as an independent woman. Good for her.

  10. Lucy2 says:

    The turn around in her life has been amazing. Good to see anyone break free from a bad situation.

  11. eliza says:

    I likec her. Always have and am glad she is enjoying her life.

  12. JaDeRu says:

    I don’t give her a pass on the whole Tom fiasco. She knew what she was getting into. I mean the auditing alone would have sent me running/screaming for the hills. However I do think she realized that it wasn’t worth it and just wanted to get her daughter and herself out. She didn’t take alimony (just child support) and found her own footing on her own. I wish her well.

    Side Note: Suri gives the paparazzi the best “bit** face” of any celebrity offspring…past or present. ;)

  13. rianic says:

    I remember an InStyle Magazine interview with her just a few months before she met TC. In it, she talked about how she loved NYC and felt it was home for her.

  14. Vee says:

    I will never forget her interviews with her new “best friend” her Scientology handler. That was creepy! She had fair warning that she was entering a cult.
    However, I’m glad she is free and raising her daughter peacefully.

  15. Chibichichai says:

    She gets a pass and here’s why; people enter relationships for all sorts of reasons whether it be love, money, citizenship, heatlh insurance, etc. I even know a very loving couple that married because the woman’s daughter needed surgery and she had no health insurance. For whatever reason Katir had, whether it be fame, the promise of the good life or love, I feel like she was lied to or the shine worn off. She isolated herself. We all know someone who isolates themselves when s/he are in a relationship. I had a friend drop out of NYU and flee the country to be with a man she met on an abroad program . It didn’t work and she’s back at her parent’s house with no degree.

    Katie realized she got out and she did. I applaud her. Some people don’t even get the chance or become aware. It also seems that she is really happy. What she did deserves applause. *starts slow clapping*

  16. jferber says:

    I agree that Manhattan with money is a mighty fine place. I’d live there if I could, too.

  17. Jaded says:

    Katie got love-blitzed by TC – he was and probably still is an extremely intense, charismatic person who can pin you to the wall with his charm offensive. I think she got caught up in the whole drama he created around his undying love for her and thought “hey, this could be good – someone who adores me, is rich, famous and handsome – could be a great life!” What she clearly didn’t realize at the time was the price she’d have to pay as he circled the scientology wagons around her and slowly eroded her freedom. So no, she’s not entirely innocent in the whole story, but she wasn’t merely a gold-digger. And I still think Suri is Tommy Davis’s bio child, the resemblance is eerie, and that’s why TC went quietly away without much of a fight because she found out and was going to expose him. Otherwise he would have litigated for years to get Suri. Tommy Davis has blown the cult and disappeared – coincidence? I don’t think so. Furthermore, TC appears to have nothing much to do with Suri these days so actions do speak louder than words.

  18. Cupcake says:

    I clicked on the link for pictures of bedraggled Katie and they are not from a few years ago, they are from less than two years ago! So much has changed for her and in such a short period of time. You can always tell when someone is genuinely happy and it seems that so few celebrities really are. I hope her happiness continues!!

  19. Mich says:

    Man there are some deranged posts on this thread. Haven’t we already been through the ‘she was clairvoyant and knew exactly what she was getting into’ in the past? Of course she didn’t. Nobody could have understood what some posters here think she must have. Nobody. And her massive personality change during the marriage shows that pretty clearly.

    She isn’t papped all that often compared to when she was married to Tom. She is happy and looks great. Suri looks happier than she ever did before the divorce (and more appropriately dressed!).

    I couldn’t care less about Katie as an actress but girlfriend freed herself from a living hell and, for that, she has my total respect.

    • MonicaQ says:

      I live near their HQ. I’ve seen so many people sucked in, it’s insane. Most get out before their OT I but some stay, get to OT II or III, try to leave, and then are hunted by these squirrel brigades outside of your house. It’s INSANE.

      So many people think, “That’s not going to be me. I would never do that.” but until you’re confronted with the situation, it’s all talk. I’ve seen strong women (physically, financially) stay with abusive partners after saying, “How could she stay with a jerk like that?” to someone else. You rationalize it, say it’s “not that bad”, “he’ll/she’ll change”, and a multitude of other excuses. I’ve seen people fall down the addiction hole after sneering at people who did any type of drugs, losing everything in the process. So I won’t shade in her situation or Rihanna’s (with the difficult Brown).

      It was a dance with the devil in the pale moonlight and she lost. Maybe she was actually in love. Who knows? (She might be a jerk too but I don’t know)

      Cults (and Co$ is a cult, I don’t care what the federal government says) prey on people looking to belong to something bigger than themselves, some people that “get” them, some people who can take them away from the life they’ve become disillusioned with. Jamestown, Heaven’s Gate–we’ve all seen the pictures and the videos. Do I think their leader will force mass suicide? To quote the Leviathans in Mass Effect 3, “A dead race offers no tribute” so no. But do they take your life savings, identity, tell you that they’re the only ones that can save you, protect you from everyone, and more importantly yourself? Yes. All of the yes.

  20. starrywonder says:

    See I do feel bad for her though. She wanted to go to the next level in her career since Nicole Kidman’s career started to upswing after she got involved with Tom (and of course was tons better once they divorced). Frankly COS are crazy MOFOs from everything we have read and from former members so if you have tons of people everyday telling you that you being with this man is going to lead to bigger, better, things for both of you you will probably consider it. Problem was that Tom C was a nutball and so was COS. I applaud Katie for having straight up baller moves and ending that mess in less than two weeks. She asked for nothing but child support and seems like she is trying really hard to regain the ground she lost being married to that nutbar.

    • CF98 says:

      That makes no sense if she married him for career advancement(which I don’t personally believe she did or his other wives did either) if that’s the case then how exactly is that worthy of pity?

      I don’t pity golddiggers but I don’t think Katie is one despite what others here are posting. Her actions don’t coincide with a golddigger of which we have many examples of through the years in high profile divorces.

      If it was such a scam I doubt Miscavige’s niece and L. Ron Hubbard’s grandson wouldn’t have come to her defense during the divorce. The fact he granted her full custody of Suri speaks volumes to me he wants her silence.

      I think she married the wrong man(not the first or last woman to do so) and was willing to be blind until she realized how Suri would be affected long term then she had to face reality.

      • ANNE says:

        katie married for $ $ $ and career in HW. Did not go as she imagined. I think Tom did not want to renew the contract for another 05 years and KH invented Scientology for greater publicity and pose mother heroin, fled script combined. Still, I like it because as a mother, was better than NK, took an innocent who did not ask to be born in these “arrangements”.

    • Jayna says:

      Nicole is brilliantly talented, and her career took off after the divorce because The Others and Moulin Rouge, done during her marriage, came out during that time and were great movies and she was critically acclaimed in both. Had she been an average actress like Katie, she would have gone no where.

  21. Bodhi says:

    I couldn’t stand her before they got together, during their relationship, or after they broke up. I think she is a terrible actress & any career bump she may have gotten from marrying TC certainly didn’t work.

    That being said… she & her daughter look much more cheerful these days & I am really happy that they have gotten away from that awful cult

  22. Paloma says:

    I think what she loves most is her freedom from Tom.

  23. Maggie says:

    Does she do well at anything? Lots of opportunity came her way but it seems to just pass her by.

  24. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I wish she picked a charity other than Komen. They tried to cut out Planned Parenthood (until the public backlash) because they place political agenda ahead of helping poor women get mammograms. There are many other breast cancer charities — National Breast Cancer Foundation, Cancer Research Institute, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Planned Parenthood, etc.

    I still don’t think Holmes has any talent (acting, dancing, designing, or whatever else Cruise tried to make her into), but she really does look much happier post-divorce, so good for her for getting out and taking her daughter away from those nut jobs.

  25. Vilodemeanus says:

    It must chafe someone’s ass to see Katie and Suri so happy. I also love how he dropped his lawsuit about a story of abandoning Suri, when he’s clearly abandoned his child. That was an almost amazing lawsuit considering he hadn’t seen her physically in over 9 months AT THAT TIME, now it’s been longer. I guess when she’s 18 ish he’ll reconnect with her — at his church because that’s what’s really important, his church with a prison compound – because that’s really normal to have prisoners in a religion. But really isn’t it about tax exempt status rather than the right thing? Back to Katie, she escaped and it looks good on her and since the little girl’s behavior seems much better, having her father out of her life is a big improvement. Those lift’s were made for walkin’.
    I do agree Katie’s karma is damaged due to her screwing with Nicole’s relationship with her kids, how that plays out is anyone’s guess but I think Nicole understood Katie didn’t see she was part of a bigger mechanism she didn’t understand at all. Hopefully Tom will give up on marrying anyone else because he leaves a trail of destruction in his wake, and he’s not interested in women, just the idea of women. That’s damaging to everyone who believes they are in a real relationship.

  26. Kosmos says:

    Katie is a very lucky woman–she has everything going for her. She has her own money (or Tom’s money), her daughter, her looks and loves living in NY, so her life seems pretty good right now…..when she married Tom, she knew full well he was consumed with Scientology, so I’m not so sure she didn’t do it for the money or for the fame it would give her. She was already wise for her years when she married him, so I’m not sure why the big switch later on. When she met Tom, I’m not sure her acting career was really going anywhere. Of course, I completely agree that the cult is a horrible thing…..I’m just not sure why she initially married into it? Anyway, she is sitting pretty good today. I like her, and I think she’s another good role model for women.