Did Katie Holmes make secret calls to Nicole Kidman before blindsiding Tom Cruise with divorce
20:56 GMT, 11 July 2012
Katie Holmes made secret calls to Tom Cruise's ex wife Nicole Kidman while masterminding her marriage exit strategy, it has been claimed.
The seemingly mild-mannered former Dawson's Creek star surprised the world – and the actor himself – with a carefully executed split which included moving apartments, switching to a disposable mobile phone, changing her security and filing for sole custody of their daughter Suri.
Now an American magazine is reporting that the 33-year-old sought counsel from Nicole, 45, in an effort to avoid the same fate as the Australian actress, who now rarely sees the children she shares with Cruise, 50.
Tom Cruise's ex factor: Katie Holmes, pictured with her daughter Suri in New York today, allegedly got in touch with Nicole Kidman before executing her divorce
'They've spoken over the last few weeks,' an insider is quoted as telling Us Weekly magazine.
'Nicole has been supportive, saying she's been through it too and to hang in there.'
The source claims Katie occasionally spoke to Nicole during the early stages of her marriage when the Moulin Rouge star called to speak to Connor, 17, and Isabella, 19, and then reconnected again recently.
'She has been a private friend not many people know about,' the insider continued. 'She told Katie her life is great now and she has no regrets.'
Soldering on: Tom was spotted on the set of his new film Oblivion yesterday in June Lake, California
Tom filed for divorce from Nicole in 2001 after 11 years of marriage and the split had a profound effect on her relationship with their two adopted children, who are both devout followers of Scientology like their father.
Nicole, who now also has two young daughters with her new husband Keith Urban, has hinted at her heartbreak over the distance between them.
She said in 2010: 'They live with Tom, which was there choice. I'd love them to live with us but what can you do.'
Isabella revealed earlier this year that she only sees her mother 'sometimes'.
Life after Tom: Nicole now rarely sees her children Connor and Isabella, pictured left in 1996. She now also has two daughters, Faith and Sunday, with her new husband Keith Urban, pictured right in June
Katie and Tom reached a settlement on Monday, just two weeks after Katie initially filed for divorce.
She now has primary custody of their six-year-old daughter Suri, with Tom allowed visitation rights.
Katie is also said to have insisted that Suri is accompanied by her own team of bodyguards when the youngster visits the actor to ensure she isn't indoctrinated into Scientology.
The pair appeared to refer to the religious aspect of their split in a joint statement, released, which stated: '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 parents.'
Katie is now understood to have registered with a Catholic church in New York.
She appears to have formally confirmed her return to Catholicism by signing up as a member of the congregation of the Church of St. Francis Xavier, which is located on 16th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.