Emilio Vitolo really dumped his fiancee the day he was first seen with Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes and Emilio Vitolo Jr hold hands as they stroll in SoHo

We’ve been through a journey with Katie Holmes and Emilio Vitolo this month. They were first photographed together the first week of September. Then we learned that Emilio had actually dumped his live-in fiancee Rachel Emmons around the same time he was being photographed with Katie. Then Katie and Emilio began doing regular pap strolls as they went on dates all over the city. She seems completely enamored with him and like she’s fine with how public this has become. He seems… happy to be with a celebrity. Anyway, these are some photos of Emilio and Katie out and about last Friday. They even stopped by his restaurant for a meal, in what feels like a spot of advertising! So, about that dumped fiancee? Page Six had a lengthy story about what’s happened behind the scenes this month.

Katie and Emilio were first snapped together on Sept. 1 at the Soho restaurant Antique Garage. But that same day, according to an insider, Vitolo sent his then-fiancée, 24-year-old designer Rachel Emmons, a break-up text. The two were together for nearly two years and got engaged in February 2019, later flying to Italy to look at wedding venues. Just a week before the break-up, Vitolo celebrated his birthday at a party thrown by Emmons at Lower East Side restaurant Balzem. A photo shows him beaming with Emmons by his side, her engagement ring on full display.

“Rachel moved out of their apartment on September 2 with only what she could carry with her,” said the insider. “She left her engagement ring and all her furniture behind. She then saw the photos of Emilio and Katie as she was flying home to Oklahoma.”

It’s all come as a shock, the insider said. “Emilio still hasn’t reached out to Rachel. She’s okay — keeping her head up, trying to handle all of this with grace. She’s working on her business and plans to return to New York soon.” Emmons declined to comment.

Holmes is thought to have first met Vitolo at his family’s restaurant about nine months ago. She helped him get cast opposite her in a short romantic film that was shot in August. Their romance has been “organic,” according to a source who knows Holmes. “This was not planned … Katie had nothing to do with Rachel and Emilio’s split.”

A friend of Vitolo’s echoed that sentiment: “He did not break up with his fiancée for Katie. They had major issues that were insurmountable. He did break up with her, though, and their friends were shocked.”

For Holmes, the public affair is markedly different from her six-year relationship with Jamie Foxx. Before they split in May 2019, the two were rarely seen out together, and a pal told The Post that Foxx never wanted them to make a big fuss in public: “I don’t think it was Katie’s decision to keep things low-key. At first she thought it was a good idea to be careful, but after several years, she wanted them to be more open.”

[From Page Six]

Page Six’s sources go on to say that Jamie wanted to have his cake and eat it too – he wanted lady friends and live-in proteges and other women AND Katie. And so that relationship eventually died out. I also think it’s interesting that Katie wanted it to be more public with Jamie after several years but he didn’t want that. As for Rachel and Emilio… God, that poor woman. Emilio sounds like such a f–king douche. It’s possible they were having problems, who knows. But to dump your live-in fiancee (via text!!) and then have her move out the next day while you’re gallivanting around New York with your new celebrity girlfriend. Poor Rachel.

Katie Holmes and Emilio Vitolo Jr. return to her home after a pizza dinner at his restaurant

Katie Holmes and new boyfriend Emilio Vitolo have dinner outside his restaurant

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. escondista says:

    I met my (now) husband at work and I just liked him more than my current boyfriend. I dumped my boyfriend of a year and went out on my first date with my husband an hour after that.
    I wasn’t going to cheat and i wanted to date someone else. We have a really happy life with 2 kids and I hope my ex is happy and has a really great life.

    I don’t know if stringing someone along that you don’t want to spend your life with is a better option and sometimes you don’t know what you want until you meet that person.

    • ElleV says:

      Boyfriend =/= fiance
      Going on a date =/= going on a pap stroll with a celebrity
      There’s nothing wrong with breaking up because you’ve realized you don’t want to be with someone and moving on immediately. There is something incredibly cruel about doing it by text the same day you’ve planned a pap stroll with your celebrity jump off. I wish Katie nothing but the worst with this guy.

      • escondista says:

        ElleV, you make a really good point. It is not the same situation and I should not have equated it.

      • bluemoonhorse says:

        My BFF was texted her divorce. Her husband waited until the youngest turned 18 so he wouldn’t have to pay child support.

        Doing it by phone shows a certain level of cruelty and inability to be responsible. Pure and simple.

      • Chrissy says:

        And, may I just add that I find it terribly cruel for her to be a part of this demeaning break up. If this is pure love, awesome, and I get that people sometimes find each other in the complicated situations. However, what woman would completely disrespect another woman so viciously with a pap walk to throw it in the face of the heartbroken? It seems really mean and selfish. At the very least, they should have hid it for quite a few months to let his LIVE IN FIANCE heal. I have no respect for Katie Holmes now.

        Bad karma.

      • SomeChick says:

        No need to wish – the worst is what she will get, because he is a sleazebag.

        I think Katie has a defective picker. And I think he’s lovebombing her to get what he wants from her. Hopefully she won’t marry him.

    • Vote Science says:

      That’s great for you, but keep in mind there’s another half to that story. Just because Emilio got what he wanted and may be happier now, and you met someone you love, that doesn’t cancel out the hurt and pain and rejection the partner went through. Both things can be true at once.

    • ElleV says:

      PS absolutely with you on leaving instead of cheating – more people should do that!

    • Nikki* says:

      I don’t have an issue of breaking up with his fiance , but it’s HOW he did it, cruelly and cowardly. The young woman had lived with him for 2 years, was ENGAGED to him, so the least he could have done was to tell her in person, and give her some time to absorb the shock and loss before gallivanting publicly. If he treats ANY woman this callously, he’s not worth much in my book. Katie has not picked great guys!

  2. Jo73c says:

    So Emilio & Rachel were together for nearly (so less than) two years and got engaged Feb 19. So, they must have gotten engaged pretty soon after they got together – within a few months? Not drawing any conclusion, it just jumped out at me. Sounds like this Emilio goes all in on new relationships.

    • Goldie says:

      I looked at Rachel’s instagram before she deleted Emilio’s pics. They celebrated their 1 year anniversary in Feb 2020, which means that they started dating in Feb 2019. By April 2019, they were engaged. This seems like a situation where 2 people rushed into things way too quickly. I dunno. If he truly broke up with his fiance via text, then that is heartless.
      I know I’m probably in the minority, but I suspect there’s more to this story.

  3. OSTONE says:

    You lose them how you get them.

    • lucy2 says:

      Yup. If Katie thinks he won’t treat her the same, she’s a fool.

      Also his ex-fiance should have taken the ring.

      • Bibi says:

        I agree that the exfiancee should have kept the ring. Although it was very classy of her to have given it back. I would have kept it or would’ve gotten rid of it any way possible
        Except not given it back. Do i lack class?

      • Chanteloup says:

        If you’re gonna leave it, at least take a sledgehammer to it first.

        Apparently I lack class, too.

  4. Mtec says:

    Just seeing pictures of his ex, although she and Katie have very different faces, they still kind of look alike in certain angles. I wish I could post photos here to show.

  5. Lena says:

    I HATE guys (and women for that matter) who use someone to break up with their significant others. Then again sometimes it’s the only way some people take it to be final. But I still hate it. It’s so public and humiliating (even when you are a non celebrity and it’s only friends and family who know). I hope Katie doesn’t take him seriously and keeps her head.

    • Noodle says:

      If I were in a similar situation and found out my new boyfriend broke up with a live-in fiancé the day of our first, very public date, I would want nothing to do with him after. This is a serious moral failing on his part.

      • Shirley Gail says:

        AND HERS…this is a serious moral failing on her part, as well. She purposefully courted an engaged man. Publicly. What’s Suri to think? That this is how men and women get together and break up? She was stealthy leaving Tom Cruise because she had to be. I respected so much how she did it and why she did it. But this? Oh, man, I have lost respect for her on this round.

      • Mtec says:

        @Shirley Gail
        Your comment made me think about how this sort of follows a pattern for Katie “winning” a man:

        1st Tom: was rumoured to have been “auditioning” several women to be his wife, and eventually “chose” Katie —if true, she might have seen that as a win.

        2nd Jaime: was also rumoured to have been dating multiple women while he was also on-off with Katie, and maybe anytime he allowed others to see them together might have felt like a validation for her over other women

        3rd This dude: I mean do I need to explain it? “Stole” a man from another woman, she might have seen that as winning him.

        *I know no one ever “steals” a person, it’s always two people making a choice, but i’m just theorizing this is how she might have seen it for her side. I obvs don’t know Katie and have no idea how she thinks, but I have known an (ex) friend in my life who enjoyed leading people on she had no interest in, in order to feel like she “won” if she got their attention over other girls. It’s messed up and I hope this is not how Katie operates. But then again I don’t understand why she picks such flawed men to date seriously.

  6. bluemoonhorse says:

    Rachel dodged a bullet. She’ll be thanking herself once she gets over the shock and grief.

    • Mia4s says:

      That was my thinking too. She has every right to feel devastated, but this guy is…yikes. She’s 24 and they didn’t have any kids (clean break!): bullet dodged.

      As for Katie? Well it’s not like she’s made great relationship choices in the past. Good luck I guess?

  7. Kealeen says:

    Katie has done such an amazing job making Suri and their safety her top priority, so I’m hoping she knows well enough to keep this boy toy at arm’s length when it comes to her inner circle, and is just using him for some fun.

  8. Faithmobile says:

    So he is love bombing her and more than willing to be seen in public with her-everything Jaime was not able to give her. This has rebound written all over it. To bad it’s so messy otherwise I’d be cheering her on, but it appears her picker is broken. I hope I’m wrong, she deserves an equal partner.

  9. ce says:

    This is going to crash and burn…

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Can we stop blaming women for men’s cheating / cruelty?

    “Her picker” is not “broken”: he’s broken inside to treat women this way. You don’t “lose them how you get them”: he’s a loser for treating women badly.

    Katie isn’t the one to blame or shame, any more than Rachel. Men have been known to lie before and they’ll do it again. After Tom the Scientologist and Jamie who would never acknowledge her in public, I just really hope she finds someone who’ll be good to her.

    • Shirley Gail says:

      Bull puckey. She knew he was engaged. The end.

      • Suz says:

        Yeah. Agreed. He only texted his fiancee that he was ending things when he knew that photos were getting released of him and Katie. Katie knew. She sucks too. She didn’t force him to cheat but she’s complicit in his cheating.

    • Nikki* says:

      Breaking up with your fiance by text shows an appalling lack of courage, responsibility, and kindness. A man who treats a woman cruelly and callously is a very poor bet for ANY woman; her picker IS NOT working well. I don’t hold her responsible for his cheating – HE’S responsible for his cheating – but she’s showing very poor judgement, you bet.

    • Laura says:

      Why can’t all these things be true? He’s “broken inside” (lol) yet she picked him, so she clearly makes bad decisions. He is a loser for treating women badly, and you also do lose them how you get them. When/if he eventually leaves her for someone else, Katie can’t act too blindsided, because there are patterns and signs and as a grown woman you should be able to see them.

    • AMA1977 says:

      Your last line “After Tom the Scientologist and Jamie who would never acknowledge her in public, I just really hope she finds someone who’ll be good to her.” is exactly why people are saying her “picker” is broken. If the last three romantic relationships you’ve had involved people with some degree of pathology, be it couch-jumping cultist Tom, wouldn’t even acknowledge her Jamie, or this latest loser, Katie would do well to take some time to think about what she wants from a partner and how to avoid people with bad intentions

  11. Marigold says:

    This is a bad look. And I do blame Katie. I can’t stand celebrity women who just take what they want. Of course, I blame the guy more. He sounds horrible. This 24 year old had no power in this situation and I feel terrible for her. I have not been able to stand Julia Roberts when she was so nasty about her husbands X. Such entitled privilege.

  12. SKF says:

    I’m sorry, all I can think about after looking at these photos is his hair. Is that a patch of really bad plugs at the front?? Maaaan with FUE technology, you can get such high quality plugs these days! So many people have them and they’re essentially undetectable. Why the bad plugs?? Maybe I’m wrong; but if so, he’s got hair that looks like bad plugs.

    Also, what a douche, the ex-fiancé must be crushed but is ultimately better off. Katie has terrible taste in men (Joshua Jackson excepted). I hope he is genuinely loved up with her and not just a star-f*cker; but he seems like the latter.

  13. Liz version 700 says:

    Rachele you will look back on this after some healing and be so grateful you dodged this billet. Katie seems particularly susceptible to love bombing men (ie Tom Cruise). I hope her dad is getting out his bankers boxes and his separation agreement forms just in case.

  14. Jaded says:

    What goes around comes around. When he realizes he won’t be getting the “acting” career he seems to lust after he’ll drop Katie like a horse turd at a rodeo and become just another NY DB. No matter how you parse this, it looks really bad on both of them and I hope his ex realizes she dodged a big bullet once she’s over the shock and humiliation.

  15. Regina Falangie says:

    He’s gross and I have lost respect for Katie for the way she is handling this.

  16. BnLurkN4eva says:

    I can’t enjoy this pairing, or even compare it to Ben/Anna because I have a difficult time enjoying pairing that comes on the heels of hurting another person. Badly done to these two and I hope the ex will heal soon.

  17. jbyrdku says:

    That’s an incredibly brutal way to get dumped, but she DID dodge a bullet. One day she’ll be happy she didn’t marry him and have to deal with his whatever.

  18. cdnKitty says:

    I texted my husband ending our marriage. I’m not even sorry. He f-ed up, I texted him that he should find somewhere else to stay and that I was done-done (he knew he was on thin ice and our relationship was in the balance). So, who knows what happens on the inside of these relationships, but it sounds like the ex dodged a bullet (love bombing looks like the MO on both), and KH has the budget for lawyers so she’ll be fine I’m sure. I just hope she’s got some good therapy going on – TC did the same love-bombing thing too…

  19. Julia K. says:

    I worry about Suri. The biggest threat to a child’s safety is the mother’s boyfriend. Not saying he would; just that he could. Mom should keep her eyes wide open instead of blinded by “love”.

  20. Delphine says:

    This is…not a good look. Neither is her outfit in these pics but really this whole thing doesn’t reflect that well on her image.

  21. Naddie says:

    Romantic relationships are a mistake. I would never push this thought upon anyone but personally i don’t think people, men more than women, are worth the risk.

  22. DahliaDee says:

    He isn’t even hot, I don’t get it. It’s not about being shallow, it’s simply that I find nothing appealing about this guy, not even him being a restaurateur, and I’m a big foodie. So being stupid hot would’ve been the one thing going on.