Katie Holmes on the interest in her street style: ‘I try to look nice when I leave the house’

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge unveils the plaques as he officially opens the new graduate building, the H B Allen Centre, at Keble College, Oxford University in Oxford, central England on October 3, 2019.

Doesn’t it feel like Katie Holmes is suddenly… talkative or interesting? After she dumped Tom Cruise in 2012, Katie kept a low profile. There was even a rumor that a prerequisite of Tom agreeing to the divorce was that Katie not be seen with other men, or that she not speak directly or indirectly about Tom in the press. I think the past seven years have been mostly about Katie finding her footing as a single mother to Suri, and recovering from the craziness of that marriage though. And now she’s feeling herself. It’s like she turned 40 and came out of her shell. Katie covers the December issue of Elle UK, and this piece is pretty interesting – you can read it here. Some highlights:

On the infamous beige cardigan which went viral: ‘I just woke up and put it on. It’s so cosy… I love this brand, Khaite. I’m not wearing the bra with it today. I bought it [the bra] because I thought it was cool. The cardigan’s so big, it’s cute to just wear the bra underneath it. I wasn’t expecting it to be something people would talk about…. I just put it on and left the house.’

She never Googles herself: ‘I feel like my time is better spent watching an old film, reading a great book, spending time with friends and family. That is somebody else’s version of me and I can’t do anything about that.’

On the interest in her & her street style: ‘It’s a lot. It’s a lot. Honestly. That kind of attention is…I try to keep it in perspective because it just is what it is. I try to look nice when I leave the house. I’m very private and quiet, so it’s interesting that there’s that part of my life.’

On Instagram & social media: ‘I don’t use [Instagram] that much and, if I do, it’s usually just work geared. You can start to look at all these strangers and think you know them and there’s no way that can encapsulate a whole person. You’re just seeing a version of them and you always have to keep that in mind. It’s just a picture. You don’t know them. You don’t know their past.’

Having Suri when she was 27: ‘I was happy to become a mum in my twenties. It’s been nice that our ages fit… how do I put this? Every age that my child has been and my age at that time has been a good match. We kind of grew up together.’

Her New York apartment: ’It’s really homey. I have a lot of pictures. I like vintage art from flea markets. Because we’re in New York, I want our apartment to be very cosy and soft – the city around us is so intense and hard. So that’s our style. And a lot of colours.’

Worries about bad influences on her child: ‘Doesn’t every parent? But, yes, of course I’m worried. There is so much bad news and hate and things that don’t make sense… The atmosphere around the world is… terrifying.’

Reuniting with the Dawson’s Creek cast: “It was really nice. We all went out to dinner and, I think, for all of us to really sit back in amazement that people still watch it and care about it. It was bigger than all of us and we all feel grateful that we got to contribute to it and benefit from it. We all got so many opportunities because of it.”

[From Elle]

The way she describes her life with Suri in New York reminds me a bit of how Michelle Williams talks about her life with Matilda. I would not have thought, all those years ago on Dawson’s Creek, that both Michelle and Katie would end up where they are, and that they would be in somewhat similar positions: single mothers raising daughters in New York, avoiding social media and just quietly doing their work without a lot of drama. Elle UK goes on and on about how Katie doesn’t want to get too personal, or talk about her family life at all. I respect that – after all the sh-t she went through with Tom, she’s learned the hard way to keep everything to herself. I’m so happy that she seems to have come out of everything happy and healthy.

Katie Holmes' cashmere bra and matching sweater has become the fall's must have fashion item!

Cover courtesy of Elle UK, additional photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Eliza says:

    What’s the fascination with her? She’s dull as dishwater. She’s always attending events for money and posing on magazine covers. She has a new stylist and staging pap shots all over NYC. The woman has not been in a hit movie in decades, yet here she is, posing on yet another magazine.

    • CROWHOOD says:

      Well you clicked on the article and commented- both actions that indicate and drive interest.

      • Eliza says:

        I just find it crazy how she managed to stay in the media despite not starring in a hit movie since 15 years ago. The woman has good PR.

    • Ina says:

      Last stint on Broadway bombed – “Dead Accounts” – closed two months early. Perfect analogy for her likewise dead TV/Movie career. So now she stages paps and poses to stay relevant. Time for her to find another career.

    • Jerusha says:

      What’s the fascination with Beatrice or any Kardashian? Every. Single. Day. something about those useless, boring creatures. I don’t understand wasting a millisecond on them, but, to each her own I guess.

    • Spicecake38 says:

      I find her rather bland but also quite likeable,bland but likeable.
      IMO,the way she’s handled herself through the divorce from Tom and all these years since speak well to her character.Her career isn’t so much,but heck I’d show up to events and pose for magazines too if I got paid-sounds like easy money to me.

    • oui oKi says:

      Eliza, I’d say people are curious about the Tom cruise situation, her life with her kid, and the Jamie Foxx thing which she has never spoken much about. people will continue to be curious about whether Suri had or will have a relationship with TC. shes pretty, in shape, and sometimes has interesting outfits so that would keep her relevant fashion wise I guess. I’m more interested in her than reality stars even though I can’t remember many of her roles since Dawson’s Creek.

      • AppleTartin says:

        oui oKi summed it up perfectly. I do hope when Suri turns 18 she speaks out and blow’s Tom’s PR narrative out of the water he “face times” her. He abandoned his own (maybe bio daughter) after other Scientologists were grumbling that he had a relationship with his daughter after Katie was labeled an SP.

    • Meg says:

      She married one of the biggest movie stars in the world

    • tiredTreaded says:

      I’m actually fascinated by the woman who escaped the tyranny of CO$. “not without my baby”- one can only imagine!!

  2. Eliza says:

    Awww honey. Lies. You’re paid to wear to wear those clothes. You may like them too, but let’s be honest. In this day and age, we all know a pap walk when we see one.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Yes. I’m mostly different to her, but the heavy handed lying about the pap walks makes me see her differently. Ick.

    • josephine says:

      And I always find that her style doesn’t quite work. I really, really don’t see why people would want to check out her street style unless it was to see what new unflattering outfit she had on that day. She’s not usually a disaster but she’s rarely great.

  3. Mignionette says:

    Despite the magazine headline for this article, I suspect Katie will never be free of Tom the psychopath. Can you imagine the dirt the church of Scientology have on Tom to keep him so loyal that he stays away from his own child ?

    • SM says:

      I am not sure it’s dirt, the power of brainwashing and fanaticism can not be underestimated. it can be more powerful than anything else in the world. As for Katie, good for her for getting away. But why is she on the cover? To talk her street style?

    • Eliza says:

      Tom is treated like the churches demi-god. He’s not going anywhere.

      • Comical says:

        Exactly. He’s there willingly, but Drew Pinsky (trashy but correct on so much celeb psychology stuff) said he seems to be the result of serious childhood neglect and hence the need for a “tribe” (my term, not Pinsky’s) like Scientology.

  4. olala says:

    I must say she looks fantastic. I bought this issue amd was like wow she really looks great and commented to my friend too. Yeah she get paid to promote certain brand lately. But whatever go girl get that cash! I have such a soft spot and immense respect for her after escaping psycho Tom so in my eys she can do whatevah. I root for her and hope she gets a nice guy if she wish for.
    On another note i always wonder what her career would be like if not Tom. She had some great performances and not so good ones.

    • Eliza says:

      She didn’t escape Tom. You bought into her PR narrative. Her contract was OVER and she was dismissed. She was paid millions and gets to play the victim. How wonderful.

    • Comical says:

      I don’t mind Katie. She’s not a good actress these days (as far as I’ve seen) but was decent in The Gift, Thank you for Smoking, and Batman way back. She had potential but lost her focus. She lives a charmed life and is inoffensive in general.

  5. Snazzy says:

    I always figured she was being paid for wearing these looks – and fair enough. She needs to make that money, right?

    • AnnaKist says:

      It’s the same for every actor who’s not getting acting jobs, I suppose. They take whatever paid work they can. She was here in Australia a couple of weeks ago as the celebrity promoter for McHappy Day. I don’t know what she was like in the outlets she apparently attended during the day, but she was pretty boring when interviewed in the morning, and I felt a bit sorry for the interviewer. Eh, I don’t mind her. She’s harmless.

    • minx says:

      Exactly. I have no problem with it. I said on another thread that she’s not the greatest actress, but I think she knows it and just wants to keep working. So good for her.

  6. Jumpingthesnark says:

    I mean, she was a super ninja getting herself and Suri away from COS the way she did. I get having to lay low for a while after that whether it was just to process what she’d been through and figure out a way forward or because TC stipulated that she not date publicly or whatever for a set # of years or whatever. Im not a fashion person so I don’t follow this stuff closely but if this is what she wants to do now, more power to her!

  7. naomipaige99 says:

    Very pretty girl, but watching her act is like watching paint dry!

  8. sue says:

    As for Katie’s career: I loved her in “Pieces of April”, Dawson’s Creek, Wonder Boys. Why all the hate????

    • Some chick says:


    • smcollins says:

      I don’t get it either, I find her perfectly likable. She may not be very exciting but then she would just be labeled thirsty or fame hungry or try-hard if she were. Some celebrities just can’t win. I’ll always give her props for her stealth divorce from TC, though. Also what @some chick said.

    • josephine says:

      I don’t hate her but I have never found her to be a good actress. She’s been totally unwatchable in some movies (the worst she’s ever been imo is in the Batman movie she did). Admittedly, I have never seen Dawson’s Creek so maybe she has a niche and should stick with it. But don’t confuse a critique of her acting skills with “hate.” Two different things.

    • Nev says:

      I also thought she was great in Wonder Boys!

  9. Lena says:

    I don’t get all the hate either. She is harmless. Lots of others in the public eye you can pour that hate into that deserve it. Anyway, she’s on the cover because she has a movie coming out. Don’t know the name -it’s a horror film I believe.

  10. Nacho_friend says:

    She was quiet, but also very sweet and kind when I met her at the gym a few times. After a few spin sessions she stayed to chat with the instructor. The way she spoke with her was really sweet, I tried not to stare but she was adorable and oblivious to everyone around her. But yes, I do think she is getting paid by khaite (sp?) to do some advertising for their stuff, aka pap stroll

  11. sarphati says:

    I’m sorry but most if not all of her “street style” is really lacking. She is a lovely woman but like Jen Garner, she needs a stylist to rein in those Gone with the Wind impulses! The jeans, sofa looking prints and the like should be donated to a good cause. They aren’t doing her any favors.

  12. A Fan says:

    How in the world did she get a magazine cover? Seriously?

    [*At least she put those awful beige booties to rest.*]

  13. Trillian says:

    That cardigan-with-just-a-bra-underneath thing looks incredibly itchy.

  14. Bananas says:

    I still think the cardigan and bra was a candid brand endorsement. Katie has an habit of being ‘casually’ papped in public looking flawless while holding/wearing a brand… she was paid to promote. Pretty sure this was one of them. Can’t hate on her though. She’s gonna get papped anyway. Get your money girl.

  15. Sara says:

    If you watch the Scientology stuff with Leah Remini then you can understand why she never utters one word about Tom Cruise or Scientology. Being that she hasn’t said anything bad about Scientology, I really dont understand why he had to disconnect from his daughter.

  16. Jace says:

    I find her escape from Cruise while he was out of the country interesting. She really went all out.. changed apartments, cars, phones, etc. Ghosted him completely. I think that’s how she was able to keep Suri from the same situation as Nicole’s and TC’s kids..