Katie Holmes can’t give up smoking due to stress


I like to think I’m in the know on which celebs are smokers and which ones aren’t. But this one really bowled me over. Mrs. Tom Cruise herself, wholesome Katie Holmes, is a secret smoker. Apparently, she quit when she started dating Tom, but has recently started again due to family stress.

Katie Holmes is coping with the sudden death of her brother-in-law by taking up a nasty habit she’d tried to quit – smoking.

The 30-year-old actress was spotted lighting up at Victoria Beckham’s birthday dinner in West Hollywood on April 15, just three days after the death of Joseph Jeffrey Fretti, the 48-year-old husband of Katie’s oldest sister, Tammy.

“Katie has tried to quit and was doing really well, until she got the news that her brother-in-law had died,” said a source.

Katie, who appeared in the movie “Thank You For Smoking,” gave up cigarettes when she met hubby Tom Cruise, but she’s had several slips since then.

At the SAG Awards in January, got an urge for a cigarette and took a smoke break with Josh Brolin and Sean Penn. And she’s been firing up more requently since Jeff’s death, maintains the source.

Jeff, the owner of a funeral home in Toledo, Ohio, and Tammy had filed for divorce on Feb. 13, citing gross neglect, extreme cruelty and incompatibility.

“Katie was already heartbroken that her sister was going through a difficult split with him,” explained the insider. “She loved Jeff.”

Jeff was visiting his mother in Sarasota, Florida with his two young sons when she found him unconscious. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Katie’s spokesperson said Jeff died of heart failure, but a cause of death was still pending.

“Unfortunately, Katie fell back on the smoking to deal with the tension,” added the source.

[From The National Enquirer print version, May 4, 2009]

Was I the only one who didn’t know that Katie was a smoker? And why is it so shocking to me? Lots of people smoke. I guess I just always thought Katie was one of those goody two-shoes types who would never do something like that. She is a grown woman, and I suppose it’s her choice if she wants to pollute her body. I just hope she doesn’t do it around Suri!

These are the closest things I could find to pictures of Katie smoking – her ad campaign for Miu Miu.

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  1. bagladey says:

    What?? Suri’s mother smokes?!!?

  2. eggy weggs says:

    I’ll bet smoking grosses her crazy husband out. I’ll bet her relapse is part stress, part Cruise-repellent.

  3. Cinderella says:

    I hope she blows smoke in Tom’s face while wearing 6 inch stilettos.

  4. j. ferber says:

    Smoking is the least of her problems. I’d say her number one problem is Tom.

  5. morgs says:

    She looks like she’s dropping a deuce in that header photo. No attractive at all. Plus I’d be a smoking chimney if I was around the cruise crazy train all day long.

  6. MSat says:

    In the print version of the Enquirer there’s a photo of her smoking. It must be old- her hair is longer.

  7. MaryContrary says:

    Snort. Cinderella, morgs. You guys are too funny! lol.
    I was re-watching mission impossible 3 yesterday and has to turn it off…can no longer watch the maniacle midget. shudder.

  8. happymom says:

    They ALL smoke!

  9. Ria says:

    @ Cinderella – I got a mental image in my face and laughed out loud!

  10. jennifer says:

    Tommy Boy smokes too, doesn’t he? I know I’ve heard many many rumours that despite the all powerful $cienos tobacco still remains one of his vices (that and men.) ;)

  11. Chiara says:

    Audrey Hepburn smoked … horror of horrors!!! :)

    (Do we dare discuss the use and abuse of drugs by L Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology?)

    Do anything you want just don’t see a psychiatrist :)

  12. Ana says:

    I wouldn’t have thought she smoked either. But there are rumors of her andn Tom splitting at blind gossip.

  13. the original kate says:

    if i were married to tiny tom i’d be smoking alot more than cigarettes.

  14. Dirty Martini says:

    If I were married to Tom, I wouldn’t smoke.

    I’d mainline.

    Just sayin’……………..

  15. Wow says:

    National Enquirer, folks. The people who give us daily Brangelina stories that contradict the previous story.

  16. bigcin says:

    Hmm, her sister is going through a difficult divorce, so shouldn’t the death of her brother-in-law release tension, not cause it? Maybe she’s stressed out because her husband’s cult had a hand in things?

    I’m only half joking.

  17. Sunnyjyl says:

    what happymom said.

  18. Ned says:

    bigcin, I do remember the photographer who took some pictures that were supposedly embarassing or secretive at their wedding and wanted to sell them- was found dead.

    Now the brother in low that had a strife with her sister- is dead too.

    It seems like a wierd coincidence that people that bother Katie/ Tom and might know some secret/ embarrassing information about them- do end up dead.

  19. Trillion says:

    Cindarella: You’re killin’ me ovah heah!

  20. abbizmal says:

    Poor girl is trapped in a cult and married to Tom the Tool. There might be more going on behind those closed doors than any of us can imagine. She deserves to smoke, though if it were me, I’d be smoking like a chimney, a crack chimney.

  21. RaraAvis says:

    Please. They all smoke because it doesn’t make them fat. And they continue to smoke because they’re afraid of getting fat if they quit. As Lily Allen put it, “everything’s cool as long as I’m getting thinner”.

  22. Legend says:

    Absolutely right RaraAvis. I think smoking is a vice of a lot of Scientologists.

  23. Ursula says:

    Like other enquirer stories, I doubt this is true. Katie used to smoke when she was shooting phone booth. There is even a picture of her smoking in a restaurant. But she quit before Tom. I doubt she picked the habit again because her sister is divorcing. It is not that they are even close and share problems on a daily basis. Taking up habits because of your sisters woes is a bit extreme.

  24. Celebitchy says:

    @Wow – the latest Brangelina story about Angelina adopting a child with her brother is from Globe, not the Enquirer, ShowbizSpy sourced it wrong. (See the update) The Enquirer is actually pretty reliable as far as tabloids go.

  25. eternalcanadian says:

    Icky poo. Somehow I doubt this is true because Tom is such a freak and controlling fop he wouldn’t allow Katie to smoke, unless he himself smokes? :o

  26. kxx says:

    I reckon she might just be a social smoker?

  27. heh-heh says:

    She used to be such a peach, but now she’s got Xenu dust all over her. Same with Jenna Elfman.

  28. Bobb the K says:


    ‘…shooting phone booth’?

  29. robin says:

    Please! there are far worse ways to pollute the body. Cigarettes get such a bad rap so that the government can tax them to their hearts content. People have been getting lung cancer long before tobacco was discovered in America

  30. paris herpes says:

    Great way to maintain your figure I suppose.

  31. Kristen from MA says:

    Smoking curbs the appetite, which is why most models smoke. I’m goning to bet V. Beckham smokes, too.

  32. Nony says:

    *shock* *horror* doesn’t she know Scientology can HELP HER WITH THAT??

  33. drm says:

    @Avis – that is what I thought immediately she smokes because it helps to kill your appetite…when I quit 2 years and 4 months ago I gained weight but better that than smoking.

  34. Mark says:

    She’s from another planet.

  35. aw! says:

    So what if she smokes. Maybe it shows she’s human. I’d be stressed too, living around gay Cruise.

  36. blackberry lady says:

    Reading the responses from this post makes me want to visit this site all the time now. You guys are absolutely hilarious!

  37. CB Rawks says:

    “Please! there are far worse ways to pollute the body. – People have been getting lung cancer long before tobacco was discovered in America”

    Sigh. Yes robin, there are LOTS of ways to get sick and die. But hopefully it won’t be because of a moronic, self-inflicted, unbelievably stupid action like smoking!
    God that argument is SO moronic. “I might as well poison myself because I could die from slipping in the shower.”
    Indeed. Go for it! Thin the herd, I say. *Natural Selection. It’s only natural.*

  38. ellen says:

    i found a pic of her smoking, the websites says its from jan 05: http://www.katieholmespictures.com/misc/2005a/sm/smokes.jpg

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  40. Scott says:

    Isn’t there one wholesome person in this culture that does something other then attack any girl that smokes? NO!

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