Did Katie Holmes really divorce Tom as a scheme to get her career back?

Katie Holmes Suri Cruise

Over the past several days, there has been a dearth of new Katie Holmes and Suri “out-and-about in New York City” photos, but there’s a good reason for the girls’ brief sabbatical. That is, both of them paid a visit to Katie’s hometown, Toledo, Ohio, where they were spotted at the mall and swimming in a country club pool. We don’t have access to the photos of them at the airport, so we’re making do with some photos from last week of Katie and Suri with their umbrellas in the New York City rain. The knowledge that both of them are present and accounted for is something that has become a comfort for those of us on TomKat divorce watch because, as Kaiser has already pointed out, these photos not only help sell Katie’s newfound freedom from Tom but also serve as protection for as well. Protection from the CO$, of course.

Now a new (and lengthy column) from Vulture suggests that Katie orchestrated the entire divorce (and possibly the marriage to Tom as well) as a means to volley her own career into the stratosphere. The evidence? Katie’s near daily pap walks, which the author (whose cousin is one of Katie’s neighbors) insists are completely unnecessary because there are other exits in the apartment building. Somehow, these pap walks also lead to the bizarre conclusion that Katie is totally jealous of the acting career of her former “Dawson’s Creek” co-star, Michelle Williams. The author further assumes that Katie is making sh-t up about Scientology and is only using the cult’s bad rep as a convenient excuse for leaving her marriage. Never mind that Katie really has blown the CO$ wide open and left because of legitimate fears involving Suri’s indoctrination and because CO$ handlers wouldn’t let her discipline her own child. Or that Katie herself lived in such fear of Tom that she felt the need to use burner phones to contact a divorce lawyer in the first place.

CB and I were talking about this, and we agree that while this Vulture article is quite engrossing and builds an interesting narrative, Katie simply doesn’t seem savvy enough to set up this whole divorce from the perspective that it would do great things for her career. We both also think she was truly miserable in her marriage, just wanted out, and was fortunate enough to get help from her dad and lawyers. If Katie had really wanted out of her marriage to save her career, don’t you think she would have left before making Jack and Jill, The Kennedys, and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark? Seriously. The full Vulture article is definitely worth a read for the curious, but here are the relevant excerpts:

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The building has a privacy-friendly underground garage, but so do dozens of other buildings in the city, and Holmes hasn’t even been taking advantage of it. If she wanted, she could exit the garage in a car with dark windows, and paparazzi would never catch a glimpse of her or Suri. Instead, every day, when she’s left the building for errands or meetings, she has promenaded out to a waiting car, in full view of photographers. Nor, when on foot, has she used the side entrance on 25th Street: She’s been stepping out right into the paparazzi maw for the sake of trivial grocery shopping. How about FreshDirect? One night, cousin George and I rode the elevator to the penthouse, to what George was certain was her apartment–its previous tenants included Marc Jacobs and Nick Jonas. I expected bodyguards, but George scoffed: “This building is a sanctuary.” We stood in front of the door for a minute, wondering how creepy it would be to knock, before we went back downstairs–and as it happened, Jonas still lives in the apartment; Holmes is on the eleventh floor.

“I’m convinced that she’s the most fame-hungry person the world has ever seen,” says someone who’s worked with Holmes. Holmes’s entire divorce M.O. suggests an alternative gloss on her great escape. It’s implausible that Cruise’s workaholic lifestyle, or the rigors of Scientology, came as any surprise to her. To embrace the portrayal of her as a victim is to deny her agency.

At the same time, unfavorable comparisons between her and fellow Dawson’s Creek alumna Michelle Williams became painfully inescapable. As Williams became a figure of sympathy because of her partner (the late Heath Ledger), Holmes became a joke because of hers. Holmes is said (scout’s honor!) to have been enraged by Williams’s success. While Holmes was playing Jackie O. in a mini-series that ended up airing on Reelz–that’s Channel 238 in the Time Warner NY cable system, if you’re wondering–Williams was playing JFK’s sometime-mistress Marilyn Monroe, in a feature film, en route to a third Oscar nomination.

But Scientology, or rather its terrible reputation, offered a way out. Holmes, unable to get the kinds of roles she wanted, realized she could cast herself in the part of a lifetime. Like Truman in The Truman Show, she finally grasped her ontological status as a character in a fiction, and that self-awareness propelled her out of the story and crashing through the fourth wall. She knew a good third-act twist when she saw one.

“It’s not like she ever had a huge career to begin with. She was a rising star. Now she will have a huge career,” says an editor at a leading celebrity magazine. Holmes, emerging from a seven-year, one-on-one apprenticeship with the world’s most famous action hero, simply rewrote the script.

[From Vulture]

Like I mentioned above, it’s an interesting story but just doesn’t hold much water. Ever since Katie filed for divorce from Tom, there have been casual (and largely positive) comments in the vein of Katie being a better actress during the last moments of her marriage to Tom than everyone figured her to be. But honestly, I think most of these comments are meant hyperbolically and in a “You go, girl!” sort of fashion. Nobody really believes that Katie is an Oscar-caliber actress who’s been keeping her talent cloaked for five years just so she could orchestrate some tabloid shenanigans and volley herself to rightful, A-list actress. I think Katie will stay busy and get some new work — she’s already getting back into Broadway plays, but she’s not going to set the acting world on fire or anything.

I also definitely don’t think that Katie intentionally went into this marriage with her eyes wide open (remember her brainwashed W mag interview?) and with the well-mapped out plan of dumping Tom at a certain point as a means to a “good third-act twist.” Obviously and in (at least) the last year of her marriage, Katie was miserable, and misery like this simply cannot be faked. What’s important is that Katie’s got her freedom now, and she’s away from both Tom and Scientology. And hopefully, Katie will succeed in keepng Suri away from the CO$ as well. For Vulture to suggest that Katie purposely set herself (and Suri) up in an abusive environment just for the sake of an acting career is, well, ridiculous.

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  1. cmc says:

    Thank you for linking that old post of Katie’s misery. Looking over the comments was kind of fun-things have changed so much for her in such a short amount of time, especially in terms of public perception.

    • Pix says:

      I think public perception has changed because more information about the scary world of CO$ has been exposed.

      She’s smart to get all of the paps their pictures now – in the first 3 months so that life can move forward for next 20 years. Hiding only makes the pictures more valuable and the paps more aggressive.

      Taking side doors is a temporary solution to a long term problem. It seemed like she was living under constant control while married to that freak.

    • Genevieve says:


      Thank you SO much for posting the Vulture.com article in the manner you have. If you will go back and browse through one of yesterday’s TomKat threads, you’ll see that the person who posted the Vulture article is one of the same newcomers we’ve had on this site recently. Like, ever since CO$ told their minions to “Go forth and create disinformation”. At least as far as infiltrating gossip blogs and creating doubt about Katie and support FOR TC is concerned.

      While I won’t name the person who posted the Vulture article yesterday (cough, Diana/ Tiffany), it was clear to many of us that the only reason they contributed to yesterday’s thread was to continually pound across their message, “Tom is a good dad, Katie isn’t an innocent and we suspect her motives.” How bloody ARROGANT of CO$; the truth will always out.

      I think that the reason this story has resonated with scores of women is that there are SO many of us who were trapped in miserable, oppressive relationships at some point in our lives; many women are still in that
      place. I do know that nobody I’ve ever been acquainted with or studied clinically could pull off this “mega-scheme” to save her career, the way Katie Holmes is accused of by her detractors.

      Here is the truth:

      If KH had been planning the divorce to jumpstart her career, she wouldn’t have used her daughter as a pawn, no WAY. She wouldn’t have taken such pains to remove Suri from CO$ influence and enroll her in a Catholic school, and HERE is the biggest truth of all.

      There is NO WAY Tom Cruise would have caved in to ALL of her demands re: sole custody and settled their divorce in only ELEVEN DAYS, if Katie was just a scheming actress who created a lot of drama because her career was stalled. NO WAY. He would have fought her tooth and nail for Suri, for money, for his reputation. But instead, he sold out his daughter for the Cult of Scientology and likely some REALLY disturbing details about his personal life, that Katie had to suffer through during their marriage. HE RAN AWAY. End of story. If you can still consider that maybe Katie was a highly organized, patient schemer who was just P.O’d about her career after knowing THIS SIMPLE TRUTH- that Tommygirl caved in to all demands without so much as a whimper- then you’re either ignorant or mentally deficient.

      Katie appears to the press daily because she is scared for her safety and that of her child. It’s great free security. PERIOD.

      Just like Bedhead said.

  2. brin says:

    I think getting her career back was just a fringe benefit…she just wanted to get away from crazy Tom.

    • Chicagogurl17 says:

      Agreed, but she knew she was divorcing home when she did some of these magazines and she set hèrself up beautifully. Wouldn’t we all love to have a dad like hers?

    • deehunny says:

      I get that everyone is team Katie, but I completely think it’s plausible that she divorced to advance her career. She married him to advance her career, why couldn’t it be the other way around?

      I think it’s nice that Bedhead and most of the commenters believe that she is not selfish enough to not put her daughter first. I honestly am not sure but think it is a possibility worth considering.

  3. yeah says:

    If she did good for her. Getting rid of that weird husband and scientology AND getting her career back? Double win! She should have done it earlier.

  4. Zvonk says:

    “Katie is making sh-t up about Scientology ”

    What? To my recollection, she hasn’t said one word about scientology. Total crap. It’s a scientologist posing as a neighbour.

    • ahoyhoy says:

      Totally. It’s such obvious Co$ propaganda. They think we don’t know their tricks by now?

      • RocketMerry says:

        Yep, that’s what it is. Creepy.

        I actually thought Katie might have been an involuntary pawn in an Anonymous plot to destroy the co$, but i wouldn’t speculate to that.

        I’m just happy she’s out and getting her life back. Go Katie!

      • CandyKay says:

        Yes, there is really only one correct way to think about this situation. Any journalist or writer who does not agree is clearly a Scientology plant.

      • CandyKay says:

        Yes, there is really only one correct way to think about this situation. Any journalist or commenter who does not agree is clearly a Scientology plant.

      • nofkksgiven says:

        @CandyKay – take your life back!!!!

      • olcranky says:


        the way the article was written does seem to show an obvious bias that goes beyond evaluating the premise of Katie taking advantage of scientology’s bad rep to escape her marriage and maybe get her enough good press to possibly help her career. The comment about “who registers with a catholic church, you just go” doesn’t show that Holmes is playing some sort of game, it shows the writers lack of knowledge of certain organized religions and/or an “i’ll look for something and make it really sinister to support my point”. I can just go to any synagogue for regular services but there are certain things, like being able to get into high holiday services (which are usually packed and space limited) that a member of the congregation can do but someone who has not officially joined may not be able to do. A friend of mine wanted to get married in her local CAtholic church, in order to do so, the couple had to officially become members of that parish – I think that counts as “registering” with the church. You have to be a member of a parish to have your child baptized in that parish church and have their first holy communion there as well. Suri is about the age of first holy communion (and may need to be baptized or christened – I don’t know what the difference is) so that is probably why Katie officially “registered” with the church. A reporter that didn’t have a bias would have done a little investigation to figure that out

      • Elizabeth says:

        @ CandyKay
        I attend a Baptist church and “registered” at one point. It had something to do with being able to vote @ board meetings. I’m not sure. For me, it was a sign of my commitment to my church community and the people there. I was interviewed by a church elder and the minister. It was so cute because I had been there for two years and they already knew me very well!

    • olcranky says:

      that was the first statement that jumped out to me and made me wonder what the ulterior motives of the author are.

  5. Jackie O says:

    i don’t think that is why she left, but she is probably taking a little advantage of the situation for a career boost.

    • Mira says:

      Little advantage? She’s taking a lot of advantage. Both Katie and Tom are playing the media, Katie more than Tom because she has the anti-CO$ group holding her back. If they weren’t concerned about playing the media, they wouldn’t have subjected Suri to all the pap harassment so far. Anyone who thinks Katie isn’t reinventing her image in the media is delusional. The article will come off as one-sided because it pointed the finger at Saint Katie as well. She may not have orchestrated this for six years, but she’s definitely been very media savvy since she filed for divorce. In the long term however she has to be more than media savvy if she wants to make it big in movies, and acting is sadly not one of her strong points.

      • gg says:

        So what if she can act or not? She got her life back, doesn’t have to live being orchestrated by the little puppet master dim cruise and his meddling mooching family members, and saved her daughter from the Cult. It’s all been more than worth it even if her career stalls.

  6. Miss T says:

    I read the Vulture article. The article was completely one-sided. It basically painted Katie out to be a manipulative bitch who took advantage of poor little Tommy. LOL.They make some interesting points, but there are also some things that are blatantly false. For, instance she does use the garage exit in her building most of the time. There are very few photos of her leaving through the front door.
    I’m sure her people will try to take advantage of the good press she’s been getting to boost her career, but I still think her concern is her daughter’s future. The two are not mutually exclusive. She can care about her daughter and her career.

    • Hautie says:

      I read that Vulture article and immediately saw the fingerprints of a Cult member all over it.

      I guess this is the start of the Cult attacking Katie.

      They are still a little butt hurt, that she manage to escape.

      And had enough sense to plan the escape with her Daddy and a team of experts.

      We all knew the Cult would start in with the attacks of her character.

      So I guess their angle is going to be…. “SHE USED HIM!” …. “SHE WAS A NOBODY BEFORE HIM!” …. geez that Cult is pathetic.

      • CandyKay says:

        Yes, there is really only one correct way to think about this situation. Any journalist or commenter who does not agree is clearly a cultist.

      • Hautie says:


        Bless your little cult heart.

        Girl, if you are going to troll, at least be a little more creative and think of something interesting to post.

        Now you have a nice day!

      • Raven says:

        I was willing to think it was Vulture making outrageous statements to make itself more famous, but you’re probably right. We all knew it was only a matter of time for Co$.

      • olcranky says:

        @CandyKay – no, any journalist that shows an obvious bias when reporting a story isn’t participating in an act of journalism – they’re creating an opinion piece and marketing it as reporting.

  7. ahoyhoy says:

    I just re-watched “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” in preparation for seeing “TDKR”—and Katie playing the cool, independent Rachel Dawes was so false & wooden, while Maggie G’s version was smart, sexy, and believable as a confident lawyer.

    I know that Maggie G isn’t quite as conventionally attractive as Katie, but her performance is exactly on point. Katie in the role looked like a dumb teenager in a Scooby-Doo episode.

    I love Katie forever for sticking it to TC & the Co$, but to pretend she’s the caliber actress of Maggie G or Michelle Williams is just wrong.
    Sorry Katie.

    • Scout says:

      ITA. Katie is a mediocre actress IMHO.

    • Zvonk says:

      Hollywood is full of actors and actresses with little or no discernible talent. It hasn’t stopped them having successful careers. There’s no reason why Katie can’t have an acting career in Hollywood.

      I personally don’t rate Tom Cruise as an actor. Sure he has a certain charisma on screen, but he’s pretty much Tom Cruise all the time.

      • Elizabeth says:

        I noticed years ago that TC just seemed to be playing the same character over and over. It’s funny though because movies like “Tropic Thunder” and “Rain Man” show that he is a good actor. But he just doesn’t step out of his comfort zone unless he absolutely has to – i.e. his marketability is on the line.

      • LAK says:

        @Elizabeth – I noticed that too. Even the unfolding of the plot and his reactions is the same over and over. The last TC film i watched was INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. And only that because it had so many other hot actors in it. I change channels if his films come up on my TV. Can’t stand him or his films.

      • gg says:

        @ Elizabeth – exactly my thoughts all along. He always plays himself – the stuttering when he gets ticked off is a dead giveaway.

      • Zvonk says:

        @Elizabeth, I don’t think TC has any versatility at all. The Les Grossman character from Tropic Thunder was all make-up. I knew it was Tom Cruise within 10 seconds due to his speech pattern being the same as TC, and the character was far too energetic and spry. Whilst a character like Les Grossman might have energy, it would manifest itself differently. He certainly wouldn’t be able to move in the way he did. It was so obviously a fit and much slimmer actor hiding beneath a fat suit.

      • polk8dot says:

        Totally agree. His Les Grossman was as purely Tom Cruise, as his Jerry Maguire. Actually, if you just imagine Jerry with more years on him, and some serious physical ‘deterioration’ down to the look of Les – you end up with the SAME EXACT person. I.e. TommyGirl.

        He could not act his way out of a midget convention, even if his life depended on it. He only knows how TO BE on screen. That’s not acting.

    • Tiffany says:

      I agree ahoyhoy. Her acting is awful, and she only smiles with one side of her mouth.

      That being said, I do think she is likeable in personality, so maybe she could something like be a host on the View, or do a sitcom. Or do family-oriented clothing/house lines. I don’t think she has the chops for movies, even bad ones.

  8. Hautie says:

    Is anyone else curious about how many cult members… that the “Church” has tried to move into Katie’s building?

    You know they are trying or already have, move people into that building.

  9. L says:

    Wait-so Katie was going for the 6 year long con? Really? I mean, I give her (and her dad) kuddos for planning her divorce really well, but a 6 year long con to ‘boost her career’ is just insane.

    Methinks I smell a Co$ member.

    • Lee says:

      Agreed. This is such an obvious CO$ attack article designed to take the air out of any bounce Katie is experiencing. Did anyone expect them to NOT try and manipulate the media as they try to rehabilitate their brand? C’mon – they’re the con artists, not Katie.

    • NYC_girl says:

      @L and @Lee – did you guys read the entire article (not just the excerpt on this post)? I don’t think the writers meant to take the “air” out of her “escape” – it raises some good points re the attention she is raising, such as if she really wanted to escape the paps outside of her building she could get into her car underground, in the garage. I’ve been reading NY Mag almost 20 years and I don’t think it’s got CO$ trolls writing for it – I think the magazine would actually enjoy uncovering more sh*t about CO$. I didn’t really see that article as pro or con for either Katie or Tom. It sums up most of the crap we already know about them. Does not mean they’re Scientology just because they’re unsympathetic to Katie.

      • polk8dot says:

        @ ‘I didn’t really see that article as pro or con for either Katie or Tom.’

        Then either you’re a CO$ troll, or you seriously need to work on your reading comprehension.

  10. jess says:

    This is totally a Co$ attack.

    • Pix says:

      Agreed. I am convinced the writer of the Vulture article is a jerk – the kind that always seems to find blame with the victim. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s taken a “few classes” in Scientology and found them “helpful.”

      It seems irresponsible for him to write about the divorce and then gloss over how scary the cult of Scientology is to everyone with common sense.

  11. MK yarwood says:

    Uh, no. She played Jackie O well after she was married, and it was moved all over the place because of the Kennedy family. Not because Michelle Williams is more famous, or even a Better Actress. Sorry. She sucks just as hard as Katie and they both need to go back to acting class.

  12. NeNe says:

    That is so bizarre, becaus I just posted the same exact comment “Did she really divorce Tom as a scheme to get her career back…

    My answer is YES! I believe that was definitely one of the reasons. I mean, come on, look how much publicity, and some jobs, since it was aired that she was divorcing Tom. Seems a little suspicious to me. Sorry, if anybody is offended by this. It’s just my opinion.

    • Lee says:

      Publicity comes with the territory when you’re married to/divorcing Tom Cruise. There is no way she could have divorced him and not had it splashed in the tabloids. Nicole lived with it as well. It’s illogical to extrapolate that because there is publicity with their divorce, it had to be the reason for the divorce.

  13. Toot says:

    I’ve been saying from the beginning that those pap walks were avoidable, especially since Suri was looking terrifeid in most of them. Katie just didn’t care and wanted the attention. Those walks weren’t keeping them safe from Scientology. If big bad Scientology wants to get them they will. They’re not in front of the cameras 24/7.

    Also, Katiie is more savvy/scheming than many give her credit for. The way she went about with this divorce shows us all that.

    • Bubulle says:

      I said the same and I’ve been accused to be a scieno freak, you just can’t say anything on here against saint Katie.

      • Diana says:

        Can I join you guys?
        Am declared a bonafide sciento troll by CB :)

      • Tiffany says:

        I have also been called a CoS troll, for simply thinking that CoS is an evil organization among many evil organizations.

        I don’t KH went into this with one goal. She clearly used her marriage for career goals (Holmes and Yang, being on cover of Vanity Fair with Suri, etc.). She is using the divorce for career buzz now (funny that she is on the covers of several magazines since the divorce news hit, huh?). That doesn’t mean I think it was her only reason for getting married/divorced. But she is CLEARLY milking it.

    • Snowangel says:

      Maybe she is afraid of the Scientology Squirrel Busters that follow and harass those who leave the co$. Have u seen that Rathbun guys video of them ? If she goes out the front door, she is protected by the paps, they are her witnesses. The Squirrel Busters would be pictured in every major newspaper, she is actually very smart to go out the front door. It is common knowledge that co$ can stalk ex-members for years. She is probably getting phone calls, emails, letters etc from those wack jobs. Using the front door maintains her dignity. She has done nothing wrong. Was a member, then changed her mind. End of story.

      • Lira says:

        Ha! Please when they were married, they always paraded in front of the paps, one step at a time for Katie, at least she left the tiny controller and his cult, she has not taken the girl to late night outins so often as when they were a couple…the bad pr tricks she learned with HIM, they will probably go slowly in a while too.
        Best wishes for them both!

  14. Skins says:

    She knew what she was getting into when she married Tom. No sympathy here. Now she can go back to being a nobody

    • Carolynn says:

      People don’t even know what they are “getting into” when they get up in the morning. People can marry and things can change in an instant. You don’t know on the day of you wedding what lies ahead for you in the years to come. You may think you know someone but you are still taking a leap of faith. It is ridiculous to say she knew what she was getting into when she got with TC. He has failed at marriage three times. That says a lot more about him than it does about her. He is supposed to be older and wiser and according to his faith, psychic, so shouldn’t he have know what he was “getting into” as well?

      • gg says:

        ha! this ^^^

        People keep on handing out that hackneyed line like they’re the only ones who thought of it, and it’s laughably absurd.

  15. Muffy says:

    Yeah this is BS, I think she may have thought marrying Tommygirl wouldn’t hurt her career, I don’t think she thought it would propel her to stardom. But I think her real motive involved doing what was best for Suri. Who would put a child they love through divorce for their career? They both clearly love her, and I think now she has a chance to not grow up as a spoiled, entitled little brat. Still team Katie!

  16. carlino altoviti says:

    The divorce made ​​popular Kate and her career benefits of this, but this will not last.
    I am not a fan, even I saw Dawson’s Creek (very bored) and I think she is a pretty girl, but not a great actress, but she has shown to be not stupid, asking for help to his family and contact outside lawyers for the divorce.
    Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman did the divorce within the “Church” and came out in pieces from it.
    Kate’s struggle has barely begun, but I hope that COS is starting to crumble.

  17. Anne de Vries says:

    Sooo… that’s directly from the scientology media mill. Tom’s promised media campaign in action, people.

    That W Mag interview shows all the signs of somebody heavily under the influence of a combination of mind altering techniques and love bombing.

    She was rushed off her feet by her childhood idol, lovebombed, subjected to Co$ hypnose-like influencing. There was so little time for reflection in their ‘courtship’, she was isolated from her friends and accompanied by Co$ drones at all times to reinforce her new programming. Then in no time at all she was pregnant.

    I believe that the Co$ played her (with Tom Cruises willing participation) and that she didn’t figure out that it was an arranged marriage from his side until she was already married with a kid.

    Somewhere along the way she obviously figured it out, worked past the heartbreak and started planning her escape. And that escape plan probably *was* some time in the making, because that’s how you escape an abusive relationship (and whether TC was abusive or not, the Co$ definitely was an abusive and controlling influence on her). You get all your ducks in a row and you GO.

    She HAS managed things well, but I think it’s ridiculous to accuse her of setting up the whole relationship. Remember Nicole Kidman? Co$ is not a benign organisation. Tom Cruise has a lot of influence. I think Katie Holmes decided to go full force on the media campaign just to make sure that they couldn’t do the same to her as to Nicole.

    • moxylady007 says:

      Thank you. I agree and frankly it confuses me that people dont/cant or wont see this whole situation for what it is.

      • mary jane says:

        Anyone who oversimplifies a marriage to the degree it is being simplified above is holding on to a concept that makes “sense” to them, and THEIR personal history.

        Fighting tooth and nail to force others to “see” a marriage a certain way is ludicrous. And denies your own ability to comprehend different shades and tones of power within a marriage.

      • gg says:

        @mj – Except when you’re trying to escape an abusive situation. Then there is only one way to see it: getting OUT without being abused further. It’s really pretty simple.

  18. Chatcat says:

    Clearly a BS story by the cult…wonder what their next maneuver will be?

    All I can say is I hope the CO$ offers up something more challenging then what they have done up to now with the “bad Katie” and “wonderful Tom” planted stories for us mere mortals to scrutinize. So far their efforts have been tantamount to a crossword puzzle on a kids menu at a Bob Evans.

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      My favorites are the ones which refer to her as “Kate.” Gee, I wonder who could have written that!

      Also, while regular folks might not be well informed about the Co$, it is the duty of a journalist to research and know what they are talking about. No excuses for journos. Read the Village Voice!

  19. Julie says:

    I read it a couple of days ago. I’m not a huge Katie fan but I find the idea of her playing a six year long game for her career to be nonsense. I’ve always assumed that her involvement with CO$ was a little like mine. I always thought that they were a made up church for rich Hollywood people. It’s been over time that I’ve seen more and it’s been since the Matt Lauer interview. But I don’t think this article is CO$. It’s a little to nuanced for them. They’re screamers. I think TC has outsourced his PR.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I sure as hell wouldn’t stay with a crazy control freak like TC for six years just to help my career! I love my work but it’s not worth to be in relationship hell for six years just to “make it”. My life and happiness and sanity are worth more to me than that.

      • LAK says:

        People do stay in relationships for all sorts of promised reasons until it becomes clear that said promise will never be fulfilled.

        eg babies, but not yet. In hollywood terms it can be work opportunities/access, but not yet. Or in the general world of gold diggers eg that Kobe Bryant ex moneypot if you stay in the relationship for x number of years.

        @Julie’s POV about early knowledge of co$ is right for many people because for awhile there in the 90s, there was a joke about how if you wanted to be successful in Hollywood, you joined co$. Like people joining specific AA meetings or Gyms because certain movie executives are known to attend there [it happens more than you know].

        I thought the vulture piece was more a treatise on the game of PR as played by Hollywood and Katie in particular.

        Believe it or not, people in Hollywood fake their relationships. Every other week there is a new example going back to the beginning- see Rock Hudson and his many ‘wives’. Would a child be used in this unholly transaction, yes. Look no further than Clark Gable and Loretta Young – which by the way still makes me cry every time i read about it.

        Many actors know that hooking up or even the suggestion of hooking up with another star or star with a particular brand image enhances their career.

        Going back to Katie, She may have married for love, but the fact that she was marrying TOM CRUISE, Mr MOVIE STAR, should have enhanced her career, not killed it. She had the example of Nicole Kidman, GOOP, Jen Aniston, Sienna Miller to follow.

        The co$ was out of the bag by the time she was auditioned. I can believe that a person may enter into a marriage not knowing the entire truth until AFTER the fact. It’s what they do afterwards with that knowledge that makes them interesting. If Katie had simply walked out without a word, put out a statement that it was ‘irreconcilable differences and they would all remain friends’, it would have barely rehabbed her image. As it is, we are all punching the air with ‘go Katie’ which is also translating into work opportunities for her.

        That article points out how falsely OTT their relationship was to a bystander, but it also points out how Katie handled and continues to handle it. In her shoes i would be annoyed that Michelle Williams had garnered a reputable career when Katie was the one who was predicted to have the better promise from all the DAWSON’S CREEK alumni. Instead, her career was so derailed that people forget some of the promising examples of her work from before Tom Cruise.

        And i do think there is a certain amout of calculation with how she [or her advisors] are handling it. She definitely let us all believe she was being followed by co$ in broad day light by those vehicles which turned out to be her new bodyguards. It doesn’t mean co$ isn’t following her, just that she is playing us as much as Tom/co$ is playing us.

        I think she’s been very smart and continues to be smart about it, but let’s not delude ourselves into saying that because she escaped the big bad co$, she isn’t using the publicity and running with it in ways that are enhancing her career.

        Look at Jen Aniston’s career after the fact for a guide to how to use the media to enhance your career.

      • bluhare says:

        LAK: I couldn’t agree more. I don’t buy into the St. Katie persona either. She’s leveraging this as much as she can.

      • Tiffany says:

        LAK, well said. Thoughtful and reasonable.

  20. MissM says:

    well Tom’s PR working well. TEAM KATIE all the way!!!!

    • Wom says:

      I agree!

      Cruise and his Scientology handlers have decided that their “Tom Was Blindsided” leaks and the “Tom Is Devoted to Suri” story lines weren’t getting enough press. Sadly I suspect spinning a narrative based on Katie’s professional ambition will get more press and paint Tom in a better light. Just watch this become a debate about Suri suffering because her single-mother holds down a full time job and employs a Nanny.

      It’s bullshit.

  21. mln76 says:

    Let’s get this straight most of the CO$ information has come from reputable sources having nothing to do with Katie Holmes. These stories aren’t made up they were written by Pulitzer Prize winners and the like and the extremely litigious. CO$ hasn’t had the wherewithal to sue The New Yorker, or NBC News because their information is accurate. The only thing Katie Holmes has done is bring the spotlight of Scientology’s tactics to the general public who are interested in the celebrity divorce angle.

  22. NYC_girl says:

    One paragraph begins “Everybody knows that Tom Cruise loves to suck d*ck.” I don’t think a Scientology troll would write that. No asterisk in the article either. :)

    • Chatcat says:

      And that is exactly why I believe it’s a CO$ plant story…not for one minute do I believe that tiny tyrannical Tommy is a giver…only a taker. Humph.

    • Miss T says:

      Yeah, but the writer was clearly being sarcastic. He later insists that Cruise is straight, and all the rumors are lies. I don’t think the article was planted by COS, but I do think Tom’s PR team was involved. They are desperate to repair Tom’s image.

  23. AnnieN says:

    Hey Katie, I hear R-Patz may be back on the market soon ;)

  24. serena says:

    Yeah, sure, I guess the article was written by someone from Scientology.

  25. Jaded says:

    I read the entire article and didn’t find anything new or plausible in it. It just rehashed all the rumours of Tom’s alleged closeted sexual preferences, titanic ego, reasons for marrying Katie, etc. etc., but from a perspective that I don’t find at all believable. The slant is clearly against Katie but where’s the proof of these allegations, e.g. that she has a hate-on for Michelle Williams? The article is a puff-piece at best.

    Also, the idea of her secret agenda to use the marriage as a career-enhancing springboard is just ridiculous, as are the ‘deliberate’ pap-walks with Suri to draw attention to herself. She’s trying to have a somewhat normal life now and living it as normally as possible is important to her. Slinking out of back doors and into limos with blacked-out windows doesn’t really create a healthy environment for a child.

    I think this issue has been over-analyzed by people who don’t really know what went on inside their marriage. I prefer to use Occam’s Razor to theorize what went on, i.e. “one should proceed to simpler theories until simplicity can be traded for greater explanatory power.”

  26. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Watch the interview on Brooke Shields post partum depression with Matt Lauer – Tom comes across as a real douche – not an easy person to live with and I bet everything has to be his own way or he throws a tantrum.

    • Lauren says:

      Tom is so arrogant and offensive. I agree with too many children being prescribed Meds, but Tommy is seething with anger during the whole interview. I think he is a nightmare to live with, and regards himself Master of the Universe.

  27. CandyKay says:

    Apologies for the repeat postings earlier – I was getting an error message that the post could not be published, so I kept trying. Clearly it was published, several times.

    That said, my point stands. This was a well-written article from a legitimate media source, but it didn’t follow the “free Katie!” script that has been designated the only correct way to think about this matter.

    Now the writer of the article and the commenter – me – have been accused of being Scientology plants. I have been coming to this site for several years and have made hundreds of comments. I am nothing more than an ordinary gossip fan. And an Episcopalian.

    Reinhold Niebuhr (look it up!) once said, “Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith. It is rooted in doubt. It is when we are unsure that we are doubly sure.”

    Apparently the Saint Katie people are feeling a little nervous.

    BTW am still getting that error message. It’s on iPhone 4.

  28. hoya_chick says:

    I (regrettably) read the Vulture article yesterday after someone on the TC wants to buy a NY apt thread provided the link. It was long and tedious and at times didn’t make any sense at all. I was especially creeped out by the writer and his cousin who lives in Katie’s building going to what they thought was her floor and staring at her apt door deciding whether or not to knock (it turns out she lives on another floor and they were actually at one of the Jonas brothers’ doors). SMH, who does that? And the Michelle Williams comparison was far fetched to say the least. No one has every accused Katie of being an Oscar caliber actress, but I do think her career was on the right path pre TC and would have fared much better had she not married him. Sure she is more famous now because of her ties to him but while married to him her career choices were terrible to say the least. Before him, she was in Pieces of April wasn’t she? I thought she was great in that and while not great in Batman Begins, was adequate and would have been asked back for the sequel had it not been for TC’s weird demands about her screen time with Bale and all of the weird stuff during the promotion of the movie. Anyway, it was a weird article, kinda pointless.

    • mary jane says:

      The NY magazine Tom Kat piece was not “pointless”.

      Excellent piece.

      It made absolutely no attempt to paint the picture that you are creating here.

      I suggest anyone who actually finds this break-up interesting, as I do, read the piece themselves.

      • hoya_chick says:

        That’s your opinion. I stated mine. It was pointless to me. What exactly did it bring to the conversation but nonsense and unproven postulating? Oh and please tell me what I stated that wasn’t either directly stated in the article or easily inferred by a an intelligent person? They did stand at what they thought was her door like creepy trolls…..it was a thinly veiled propaganda piece but public tide ain’t turnin soon. Tom is a controlling little loser and Katie has her daughter and her freedom. The way he treated Nicole during their divorce was abominable and I am glad he is getting his. Have a great night!

    • polk8dot says:

      There is a very simple reason for why Katie’s career crashed into the ground after her involvement with Tommygirl.
      He had just been taught a very hard lesson by Nic Kidman. When they were in ‘Eyes wide shut’ together, their last joint project, she TOTALLY eclipsed him. It was her performance in this film that became a springboard for her career revival after he sprang the divorce on her. He clearly was in no way prepared for, or equipped to deal with, the fact that she might become a bigger star in a movie than he.
      So when he took over Katie’s life, he made sure that she withdrew from any good projects she had in a pipeline, prevented her from doing press for the movies that were already out (i.e. ‘Batman’, ‘Thank you for smoking’), and ensured she never got any substantial offers again. He could not take a chance that ANOTHER of his wives would make him look like an amateur vis-a-vis her potential performance. We know that the chances of that were slim, to be honest, with Katie and her meager acting chops, but Tommy had no way of telling what might happen given great material, cast and director. So he ensured that she remained pretty much a stay-home mom, and the few movies she made, with his blessing, were either horrible or forgettable.
      I am totally convinced that he did all in his power to control her career, or actually nip it in the bud, to ensure he never again had to swallow the humiliation of having the wife praised above him.
      He is a total control freak, and a complete egomaniacal douche.

  29. wilkiecollins says:

    No matter how much tiny Tom pays for negative Katie PR no one is buying what he is selling. How does it feel to be powerless Tiny. hahahaha

  30. benny says:

    I don’t know or care if her career takes off now, or dies. But she’s free of that controlling freak and his crazy cult, so she’s better off no matter what happens to her career. Short of never marrying that weirdo in the first place (but you can’t turn back the clock), this is the best move she could have made for herself.

  31. PaperbackWriter says:

    I just scrolled through the comments and no one has mentioned how miserable and scared Suri looks in every one of those photos. She is almost crying in the top one and the others she is hiding and her eyes are wide. All the speculation in the world won’t give this kid her childhood back. This is what is wrong with fame – adults make casualties of their kids.

    • gg says:

      When these pictures first ran, they said Suri was crying here because she didn’t want to be out in the rain.

      But I agree, they need to keep her away from the paps somehow. It’s traumatizing for her, and upsetting to see.

  32. DANDILION says:

    She wanted a happy American life with the liberty to pursue her freedom and career, relate not be ordered on what to do according to his sister, the church managers on any of their family affairs, and not be spied on.. as she’s not just a baby sitter, dreary shopping housewife waiting for him to show up and pose with them.. and rush away to do more important things.

  33. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    What a crock. No one is gonna believe this stupid idea.

    My heart stopped when the writer talked about standing outside her door. That is beyond creepy. Gives you an idea of the mentality of this person.

  34. NYC_girl says:

    You know why that kid looks so miserable? Her shoes. It sucks to walk in the rain in flip-flops. Her mother is wearing boots and she’s wearing rubber pieces of crap.

    • TrollyDolly says:

      Indeed! It’s like a Feck you to the high heeled prosti-tot shoes the poor child used to wear (bunions and fallen arches guaranteed in later years) that “Kate-bot” defended but now is all attributable to TomC. Irregardless, surely the poor wretched offspring of a brain washed cult icon and a selfish twit should have a decent pair of child appropriate, foot friendly and decent shoes available to walk in. I really feel his poor wretched child should not be a media pawn. The atrocious selfishness of both her parents is sickening.

  35. Viv says:

    I thought the Vulture article was not just biased but not very well-researched. It stated Andrew Morton wrote in tinytom’s biography that Katie could have been impregnated with Hubbards sperm. I read that book and nowhere in there did Morton say that. He addressed the rumours but also said they were crazy. I don’t usually pay attention to CO$ trolls but badmouthing or misquoting Morton is usually a sign that they are somewhere near.

  36. jen says:

    I’ve always thought she only married Cruise because she had no talent as an actress. This article has made many good points and while these can never be proven, there are lots of indicators that she’s more power hungry than Cruise – but, like a good narcissist, she’s proficient at hiding her motives.

  37. mary jane says:

    I think the title here that adresses KH “scheming” is not a fair representation and is quite an exaggeration of the NY Mag. piece. The author asks the reader to question Katie Holmes ACTUAL physical behavior…. based on the way the media/celebrity relationship works.

    Why is it not possible to despise the CO$ AND observe that KH really didn’t make any attempts to shield Suri? I can not imagine having my daughters face all over the gossip pages of the world. While I was divorcing her father. Yuck.

    It would feel like I was using her….for sympathy.

  38. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    If she’s trying to un- do her marriage and the past 6 years of her life that were ruined by her marriage, then what’s wrong with trying to rebuild her career?

    Her career was a casualty of the marriage, so why shouldn’t ending her marriage and rebuilding her career go hand-in-hand? After all, marrying Tom and killing her career went hand-in-hand, and Tom and his cult didn’t have any problem with THAT.

  39. Pandy says:

    I don’t buy Katie as victim. She was not a fool and her parents are certainly not fools. She must have seen that Nicole K has zero contact with her kids (first red flag) and she certainly willingly participated in the Co$ pre-Suri. I think she shafted Tom over – he never made a secret that he believes in Co$ so really, what changed? She wanted out and painted him as a freak and planted stories about Suri being brainwashed and taken away. I don’t buy it. That was cold man. And no, I’m not a troll, lol.

    • Anne de Vries says:


      She planted stories about Suri being brainwashed and taken away? Did she hire all those ex-Sea Org members to make up the stories of entering the Sea Org as kids and doing slave labour, too?

      There is no need to make up stories. THIS SHIT IS HAPPENING.


  40. jilly says:

    I think Vulture is overreaching. Katie would need a higher IQ to pull off all of this. She actually seems to be an idiot who had to rely on her father’s manipulation and skillfulness to get out of her loveless marriage. We should all be so lucky to have a Daddy lawyer.

    Where Vulture has a point is that I do believe that Katie married “the crazy lift-wearing midget” (lol!) to boost her career. She was 27 when she married Tom. She wasn’t a foolish 17 YO. She was a grown-assed woman who knew what she was getting into and how she expected it to benefit her. When that didn’t happen, she bailed, with her father’s skillful help.

    I am disgusted by the recasting of her as an ingenue on the one hand, and some kind of feminist hero on the other. She is neither. She is a manipulative woman who tried to boost her career by marrying a movie star. It backfired and she realized that life with that control freak was miserable. And she bailed, not as an adult but sneaking out like a child with Daddy’s help. That’s all. No more re-inventions please.

    • Anne de Vries says:

      I don’t think she’s a feminist hero – and to be honest I don’t really give a damn about Katie Holmes. I’m glad she got out of the cult, and I’m glad that in doing so she created a lot of mainstream attention for the cult.

      I think she was naive and gullible and drunk on the idea that her childhood idol fell in love with her on first meeting. And that they cleverly manipulated her so that even if she did have doubts, she wouldn’t back out and break the media fantasy. Somewhere along the way she obviously wised up.

      As point of interest, it’s not so far fetched that she thought it would help her career – scientology expressly promises career benefits.

  41. TrollyDolly says:

    Gullible, selfish narcissistic soap star wooed by millionaire movie star and cult icon. Child ensues. Cult take over household. Child used as media prop to validate relationship. Child carried everywhere, late night restaurants, theater, boutique shopping – always as a prop. High heels, fur coats, lip stick – abusive and manipulative. $cientology is a disgusting and evil organisation. Mothers who pimp their children while hiding behind a haunted and wretched appearance (and I don’t doubt she was always under $os scrutiny) are still as abusive to their children as their spouses. Your child should be a child, not a dress up doll to be used as media fodder. They are both shameful parents IMHO.

  42. skuddles says:

    Nice spin about how Katie “promenaded out to a waiting car”. I believe she made herself highly visible before the divorce so people would know something was up if she suddenly disappeared from public view after the divorce. And I also believe her lawyers have advised her on this – it’s the best possible way to ensure nothing bad happens to Katie and Suri doesn’t get snatched away – and CO$ can’t crawl up her ass like they often do with defectors.

  43. Karma says:

    Wow. You aren’t kidding about building an engrossing narrative. It takes every rumor and then goes to elaborate lengths to only take down the Cruise versions while leaving the Katie versions to stand. With only two lame disclaimer type sentences at the end.

    Weird…never seen anything like it. To start off seemly objective by rolling around in those rumors and then to fall so hard for one side. I guess with a site name like Vulture that’s their thing but it’s still a weird construct.