Katie Holmes 'used disposable phone to contact divorce lawyers in bid to keep plans secret from Cruise'
Said to have wanted conversations with her attorneys to be kept from actor and his staffPhone 'given to Katie by a close friend'
Actress reveals in new interview she doesn't 'feel like a little girl anymore'Has learned to 'be true to yourself'
02:16 GMT, 11 July 2012
Katie Holmes used a disposable cell phone to arrange her divorce from Tom Cruise, it has been reported.
The actress – who split from the Mission: Impossible star last month after five years of marriage – is believed to have been so intent to keep conversations with her attorneys private she contacted them via a throwaway phone given to her by a close friend.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Katie, 33, intended to keep her divorce plans from Tom, 50, and his staff until her shock June 29 announcement.
Undercover: Katie Holmes, pictured on the Los Angeles set of Jack and Jill in January 2011, is believed to have used a throwaway phone to contact her divorce lawyers
A source 'familiar with the divorce'
told the newspaper by the time Katie and Cruise reached their divorce
settlement on Monday she had hired three law firms in three different
The settlement marked a rapid
conclusion to negotiations between the former couple's lawyers – just 11
days after the Dawson's Creek star filed to end their marriage.
A bright look: Katie Holmes and daughter Suri Cruise go to Chelsea Piers in New York City on Tuesday, joined by Katie's mother, Kathleen
Back at work: Tom Cruise was meanwhile seen leaving his bus Silver Screen on the set of his new movie Oblivion in Mammoth Lakes, California today
Katie is thought to have won her main objective – primary custody of their six-year-old little girl, Suri.
Suri will remain with Katie in New
York, where they currently reside, and will allegedly be accompanied by
her own nanny and team of bodyguards when she visits father Tom on
Tom is expected to pay a 'substantial' sum to his soon-to-be third ex-wife in property, assets and child support.
Low profile: Katie slipped into the New York City office of her divorce lawyer Allen E Mayefsky on June 6, ushered in by a large team
Surrounded: Katie is said to have hired a team of bodyguards, pictured exiting a white Cadillac Escalade near her New York City home on July 1
Different beliefs: The Church of Scientology has played a large role in the now estranged couple's lives
A pre-nuptial agreement is said to
have limited the amount he was obliged to pay, but it's accepted that
he would almost have included a hefty 'goodwill' payoff to help bring
talks to a speedy conclusion.
She is said to have also pushed to
have an 'ironclad' clause included in the agreement limiting Suri's
involvement with Tom's controversial religion, Scientology, according to RadarOnline.
'Under terms of the settlement, Suri
isn’t permitted to be exposed to anything Scientology-related, and this
includes going to any Scientology churches, parties, etc.
Moving on: Katie Holmes and
six-year-old daughter Suri were seen on Monday visiting the Children's
Musuem of the Arts in New York City
'Ironclad': According to reports, Katie Holmes insisted on a clause in the divorce settlement with Tom Cruise banning Suri from attending Scientology church sessions or parties
'Katie made sure that this was ironclad in the agreement,' a source told the website.
Unlike Tom's other children, Isabella, now 19, and Connor, 17, Suri will also not be expected to attend a Scientology school.
In the middle: Katie is believed to have won primary custody of their daughter, Suri
Instead, Katie is thought to have
enrolled her in one of New York's top private schools to continue her
education, after spending her early years being home schooled.
Katie and Tom – who married in Italy
in 2006 – made no comment on the terms of the settlement yesterday;
instead they released a joint statement affirming their commitment to
'We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri’s best interests.
'We want to keep matters affecting our
family private and express our respect for each other’s commitment to
each of our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as
Katie's lawyer Jonathan Wolfe said:
'This case has been settled and the agreement has been signed. We are
thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she
embarks on the next chapter of her life.
'We thank Tom's counsel for their professionalism and diligence that helped bring about this speedy resolution.'
Katie sat down with Elle magazine a
mere six weeks before filing; in an interview set to hit stands on July
17, the actress opens up about growing into herself.
Admitting as a young girl she
struggled with her sexual confidence, she said: 'I always felt like a
little girl before… I didn't even know what sexy was.
'Anytime you feel good about yourself, you embody sexiness. It's almost like a power or a confidence or a secret.'
She also spoke about how she deals with confrontation.
Focused: Tom Cruise, pictured on the Pittsburgh set of his movie One Shot in January, is said to have been blind-sighted by the divorce
'If something's not okay, then I make
it known,. I will deal with things… the way my mom taught us girls how
to be. She stressed listen, learn, always be strong and be true to
yourself,' she said.
In previously-released quotes from the sit-down, Katie also brushed off any pressure to being 'Mrs Tom Cruise'.
'He has been Tom Cruise for 30 years. I
know who I am and where I am and where I want to go, so I want to focus
on that,' she said.
Happier times: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes – who married in 2006 – pictured arriving for the UK premiere of Valkyrie in January 2009