It doesn’t feel like that long ago when we’d saw Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise as a once an iconic Hollywood couple. If you look at the timeline, their divorce was finalized almost eight years ago. Which has proved to be more than enough time for not only fans to reflect.
In a recent interview with InStyle, Katie Holmes opens up about the time following the couple’s divorce, reflecting on a time she describes as “intense.” Read on to see what life was like for Holmes after the split.
As you can expect with a divorce this public, the time was full of attention neither Cruise of Holmes wanted. Holmes comments on the period during her InStyle interview, saying:
“hat 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. 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?” I got a cab and went down to Battery Park to pick her up. She was exhausted.”
Holmes goes on to explain how she handled all of the attention, showing she’s a quite focused person.
“Obviously, as a public person, I’ve gotten a lot of attention at different periods in my life. And when you have a lot of attention, sometimes you don’t want to leave the house because it’s just too much. You can get consumed by what people think, but suddenly you just decide to do things on your own terms. I feel like I’m finally figuring that out. I’m getting the projects I want made and just relaxing a little. I’ve been around for a long time, and I’m still here! I can’t believe it.”
Holmes goes on to talk about the daughter she had with her former husband. This is what she had to say about Suri Cruise:
“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. She came out very strong — she’s always been a strong personality. She’ll pick an activity and work her butt off until she’s really good at it. Then she’s like, “OK, I’m going to try the next thing.” She’s very focused and a hard worker.”
As it turns out, the parents weren’t the only ones to deal with too much attention. Holmes revealed that her daughter also had to deal with it.
“I have to say, I did recently see some fan site [about her] posted when she was a baby, and it was very intense. We were followed a lot when she was little. I just wanted her outside, so I would walk her around to find parks at, like, 6 in the morning when nobody would see us. But there’s one video where I’m holding her — she was 2 at the time — and she starts waving at the cameras. She’s pretty special.”