In order to move forward, it’s sometimes necessary to reflect on what’s happened in the past. Actress Katie Holmes is doing just that in the latest issue of InStyle Magazine. The 41-year-old chatted candidly about the aftermath of her 2012 divorce from Hollywood veteran actor Tom Cruise.
The pair (dubbed by the media “TomKat”) had a very public romance that was often sensationalized by Cruise’s PDA towards Holmes everywhere from Oprah’s couch to movie premiere red carpets. The couple married in 2006 and had one child together, a daughter Suri Cruise.
After her and Cruise’s public split, Holmes moved to New York City with Suri presumably for a fresh start. Holmes reflected on the difficult time in the magazine, calling it ‘intense’.
“That time was intense. It was a lot of attention, and I had a little child on top of it. We had some funny moments out and about in public. So many people I didn’t know became my friends and helped us out, and that’s what I love about the city.”
Holmes found a lot of refuge in her new city and stumbled into some much-needed community. The actress recalled a night where a friendly cab driver helped her while she was in a bit of a jam.
“There was one incredible moment when I think I actually cried. Suri was 6 or 7, and she was spending the night at a friend’s house while I was seeing the ballet at Lincoln Center. At 10 o’clock I got a call: ‘Mommy, can you come get me?'”
On their way home, Suri fell asleep in the cab and Holmes didn’t want to wake her sleeping child just because she had to carry him into their home. Thankfully, she had two unexpected helping hands offering an assist. “When we pulled up to our building, the cab driver opened the door and helped me not wake her. He helped carry her to the building. He was so kind,” she remembered.
Speaking of Suri, Holmes holds her now-teenager to such high regards.
Her biggest desire is for her daughter to be as self-assured as she is sweet and does her best to nurture those qualities in her. Holmes told the mag, “I love her so much. My biggest goal has always been to nurture her into her individuality. To make sure she is 100 percent herself and strong, confident, and able. And to know it.”
Holmes gave birth to Suri 14 years ago on April 18, 2006. Her birthday was a momentous one twice over due to it being the first anniversary of Cruise and Holmes’ first date as well.
Holmes filed for a divorce from Cruise on June 29, 2012 after nearly 6 years ago. The former couple have kept mum about the details around why they split. Intensities aside, Holmes has seemingly bounced back quite well in life after the divorce.
Shortly after, Holmes left the Church of Scientology and began attending one of her previous religion. She was also involved in a six-year relationship with actor and long-time friend Jamie Foxx. Although Foxx and Holmes have split as of last year, it’s nice to see that Holmes has her groove back.