Freedom agrees with her! Katie Holmes is radiant as she enjoys an impromptu dinner date in NYC
12:02 GMT, 28 July 2012
She's been a different woman this last month, enjoying her new lease of freedom having announced her split from Tom Cruise.
And Katie Holmes showed off her radiant new look as she enjoyed an impromptu dinner in New York last night.
Katie was accompanied by a male friend, who she kissed goodbye on the cheek as she left.
New lease of life: Katie Holmes looked happy and relaxed as she kissed a friend goodbye after dinner in New York last night
The actress, 33, looked relaxed but cool in a dark green maxi dress and black leather jacket.
She completed her look with matching green shoes, and wore her hair in a low ponytail, with minimal make-up.
Katie sported a healthy-looking caramel tan, and appeared in good spirits as she left the eatery.
Casual chic: Katie was cool in a dark green maxi dress teamed with a black leather jacket
Her male friend, who was beaming, looked smart but casual in jeans, a pale blue shirt, and a dark navy jacket.
It would appear that Katie has decided to lie (relatively) low for the moment.
has cancelled what would have been her first official public appearance
since her split, at this Saturday's Dizzy Feet Foundation gala.
Successful evening: Katie looked as though she'd had a great time with her pal
Her spokesman told E! that Holmes has
decided to pull out of the event, being held at the Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Center.
she 'blindsided' Tom Cruise by filing for divorce last month Katie has
left the Church of Scientology in a public relations nightmare.
now the church is seeking to 'discredit' Katie Holmes, according to a
former member, who claims to have 'seen internal memos' on the subject.
Glowing: Katie sported a healthy-looking caramel tan, and appeared in good spirits as she left the eatery
'Katie would have been excommunicated normally, and behind the scenes she probably already is,' Scientology defector Samantha Domingo told The Hollywood Reporter.
'Internally, the wheels are in motion to discredit Katie. We have moles that are pretending to be good Scientologists who report back to us on the outside. I’ve seen internal memos about Katie.'
Samantha, former daughter-in-law of opera singer Placido Domingo and ex wife of his son Placido Jr, told the publication that 'disconnection is the main weapon of Scientology.'
Lying low: Katie has cancelled her first official public appearance since her split from Tom Cruise
Former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder agreed with Samantha, saying: 'Katie Holmes is probably the biggest suppressive person out there right now.
Holmes, 33, is said to have recently returned to the Catholic Church, registering as a parishioner at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City and signing Suri up to a private Catholic school in Manhattan.
Daddy time: Tom Cruise, pictured carrying six-year-old Suri as he took her on a mini-vacation to The Hamptons, is said to have 'generous' visitation rights to his daughter
Holmes and Cruise came to a swift divorce settlement, with Holmes said to have received 'primary legal custody' of their six-year-old daughter Suri.
Cruise, 50, was spotted taking Suri to the Hamptons for a mini vacation a few weeks back and is said to have 'generous visitation rights' with Suri as part of the settlement.