Actors Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx conducted an extremely quiet and private relationship. Then, shockingly, the superstar couple broke up. And – in line with the rest of their behind-closed-doors romance – both were meticulously careful not to let a word slip about the real reason behind their high-profile split. But gradually, people who had front row seats to the sordid details have started speaking to the media – and now we finally know the real catalyst for Holmes and Foxx going their separate ways.
Mind you, it’s not surprising that Holmes might want to enjoy a romance out of the limelight. After all, before the Dawson’s Creek star embarked on a life with Foxx, she was married to none other than Tom Cruise. And that relationship was very much not kept private. In fact, Cruise famously proclaimed his love for then-girlfriend Holmes in a May 2005 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show – a moment that went down in television history.
The Holmes-Cruise romance moved fast, too, and in June 2005 she converted to Scientology for the actor. Then, mere days after that revelation came to light, the media reported that Cruise had popped the question to Holmes during dinner at the Eiffel Tower – and that she had agreed to be his wife. So, even at these early stages, the papers were going all-out to cover the couple’s dating life.
There was plenty to write about, too. In October 2005, for instance, Holmes and Cruise announced that they were having a baby. This caused a whole new whirlwind of interest, of course. The little girl was born the following April and given the name Suri. She is Holmes’ only child, though Cruise has two adopted children with ex-wife Nicole Kidman.
In November 2006 Holmes and Cruise married in a star-studded and luxurious ceremony. So even though both parties remained working actors, it was their personal lives that continued to provide fodder to fill column inches. And the fact that Cruise and Holmes were Scientologists – and that Cruise is an outspoken one at that – caused major controversy in the media and beyond.
After all, some countries consider the Church of Scientology to be an outright cult. And, according to reports, Cruise had displayed cult-like behavior before marrying Holmes. The star has apparently prevented journalists from asking about the faith, for instance, and has supposedly brought ministers onto his movie sets. Elsewhere, there are also reports of mistreatment from the church.
But what about Holmes and Foxx? Well, during her marriage to Cruise, Holmes at least knew Foxx as an acquaintance. Cruise and Foxx were former co-stars – having appeared alongside one another in the critically acclaimed thriller Collateral in 2004. And the two, along with Holmes, sat together at a football game in 2006.
This was long before any rumors of a romance emerged, of course. At the time, in fact, it appeared as though everything was fine in the Cruise-Holmes camp. In 2010, for example, Holmes told Marie Claire magazine, “[Cruise is] as big at home as he is on the movie screen. He’s so passionate about everything, whatever he’s doing. When he’s being a dad, he’s right there; he’s giving it his all. It’s inspiring, and it’s fun. It’s an amazing life, but we always remind ourselves of how incredibly lucky we are.”
Then in May 2012 Cruise gave an interview to Playboy magazine in which he talked about Holmes and Scientology. He said, “I have respect for what other people believe. What I believe in my own life is that it’s a search for how I can do things better, whether it’s being a better man or a better father or finding ways for myself to improve. Individuals have to decide what is true and real for them.”
Of his wife, Cruise declared, “She is an extraordinary person, and if you spent five minutes with her, you’d see it. Everything she does, she does with this beautiful creativity. She’s funny and charming, and when she walks into the room, I just feel better… I’m just happy, and I have been since the moment I met her.”
But the apparent happiness didn’t last for much longer. The shock announcement that Holmes was divorcing Cruise came in June 2012. It appears as if the star had kept her intentions under wraps as much as she could. According to the Los Angeles Times, Holmes had even employed a burner phone to co-ordinate matters with her legal team.
The actor’s attorney Jonathan Wolfe told People, “This is a personal and private matter for [Holmes] and her family. [Her] primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.” Yet young Suri would become the center point of speculation as to what exactly had happened in the headline-grabbing marriage.
You see, a mere 11 days after Holmes filed for divorce, she was given primary custody of Suri – with Cruise only having visitation rights. Rumors then spread throughout the media that Holmes’ main motivation for the split was to stop her then-six-year-old daughter from becoming indoctrinated into Scientology. However, the church denied this.
Shortly afterward, reports claimed that Holmes abandoned Scientology completely and returned to her original faith of Catholicism. The revelations claimed that the star registered at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York – an institution noted for its progressiveness and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people. So it looked like Holmes was striving to make big changes in her life.
And more revelations came out about Suri the following year. In a 2013 deposition during Cruise’s legal dispute with Bauer Media Group, Cruise let some secrets slip. He said that although “there is no need to protect [his] daughter from [his] religion,” Holmes’ fear for the young girl joining Scientology was “one of the assertions” she’d made during the couple’s divorce proceedings. And Cruise also confessed that Suri is no longer a member of the Church of Scientology.
Unfortunately, though, it’s been reported that people who leave Scientology can be declared “suppressive persons” – and cut off from followers of the religion and even their families. But Cruise is still very much a Scientologist. In this case, though, it appears as if Cruise remains a part of Suri’s life. In fact, the actor firmly denied rumors in 2013 that he had “abandoned” his child – claiming that only filming commitments kept him from seeing her.
Which brings us back to Holmes and Foxx. It wasn’t long after the Holmes-Cruise divorce, after all, that people spotted Holmes out and about with the Oscar-winning star of Ray. Rumors soon spread about the couple, and in October 2013 the National Enquirer even published an unsubstantiated report that Holmes feared Cruise would get wind of the relationship and retaliate.
Yet by 2015 all anyone had seen of the Holmes-Foxx relationship were some blurry photos taken from a distance. Then, in March of that year, People magazine reported that it had spoken to a source “with knowledge of the situation.” And the source alleged that yes, there was indeed something going on between the two actors.
People reported that the source said, “This is not some intense romance. Jamie and Katie are friends and have been for a long time. They are two adults who are attractive and single, and so apparently conclusions will be drawn. But contrary to those conclusions, they’re not about to run off and make some serious commitment.”
In fact, Holmes and Foxx kept their relationship so quiet that for a while they weren’t even spotted together. Then in March 2016 someone noticed that both of the stars had started sporting rings on their fingers. This naturally sent the rumor mill into overdrive. Foxx’s representative even had to tell People that no marriage or engagement had taken place.
Yet another curious rumor began circulating as the Holmes-Foxx relationship continued into 2017. Radar Online reported that, after their divorce, Holmes and Cruise had agreed that she couldn’t be seen courting another person until five years after their split. The publication quoted a source as saying, “[Holmes] wanted out of the marriage so badly, she agreed to the terms.”
Incredibly, it took until January 2018 for photographs of Holmes and Foxx together at an event to emerge. The stars showed up as a couple for the Pre-Grammys Gala, and they looked perfectly happy. And after that the pair were only occasionally seen in public on dates or leaving restaurants. Still, dark clouds were on the horizon.
In February 2019, for instance, reports emerged that Foxx had announced his singledom while partying at an Oscars event. And according to celebrity gossipers, the star not only told the crowd that he wasn’t romantically attached, but he had also been seen dancing with several other women. So, was it all over?
Well, despite the reports of Foxx’s claims about his splitting from Holmes, it appeared that the two were still an item. And in fact, their relationship only appeared to be getting stronger as the year went on. Holmes was seen hanging out with Foxx’s daughter Corinne, for instance, and in May the two actors went to the Met Gala as an item.
And even though Foxx and Holmes didn’t walk the red carpet together, they were each other’s dates nonetheless. Later that month, after all, Corrine spoke to People magazine about the couple and their appearance at the Met Gala. She said, “They are so great, and [Holmes] is always so chic. They were wonderful.”
Then suddenly, and shockingly, it was all over. In August 2019 the E! News website reported that, according to a source, the couple had broken up in May. Perhaps their relationship hadn’t been so great at the Met Gala after all. Just a few days before the news hit, in fact, Foxx had been spotted holding hands with singer Sela Vave.
People then got speaking to an apparent insider, and the magazine reported that person as saying, “It ran its course. This industry is very tough on relationships. [Foxx] thinks [Holmes] is an incredible human being. They had a very, very deep connection. They brought each other a lot of joy and laughter.”
From there on, speculation ran rampant as to what exactly had caused the couple to break up. But two different people reportedly spoke to the website Page Six in August 2019 – and both told different stories. The basic tale revolved around a meet-up that Holmes and Foxx were apparently supposed to have had for Memorial Day weekend in Montauk.
One alleged source told Page Six, “[Holmes] called two hours before [Foxx] was supposed to get on a plane from Los Angeles to New York City and canceled. He was really upset.” But the other said, “[Holmes] was supposed to go to Montauk to join [Foxx], but he did something s***ty at the last minute, and that was that. He canceled on his own and never got on the plane.”
Yet another alleged insider spoke to Us Weekly that month, and they also claimed that Foxx had been the problem. The source reportedly said, “It has been many years of him stepping out with other women. He’s disrespectful, and their lives were different. His partying ways don’t fit with hers as she’s focused on raising her daughter and working.”
The media also pointed plenty of attention at Vave – the woman Foxx had previously been seen with. However, the Baby Driver actor announced on Instagram during August that Vave was not his girlfriend and that he had no romantic interest in her. Instead, the star said, he was just mentoring her as a young music artist.
Foxx clarified on his Instagram Live that he would often let people stay at his house if he was helping them work on their careers and that Vave was no different. The actor then touched upon the photos which featured him and her holding hands. He said, “I’m escorting her to my car, to put her in the car – my artist, who hangs out with my kids and is as young as my daughter.”
Foxx went on to defend Vave, saying “I told her it’s going to be this way. It’s a double standard when it comes to women. I spoke to that girl’s mom, and she put her trust in me. We want to make sure she has the opportunity to show you the talent we saw. All of the unnecessary hate for the woman, just because the guys are coming here and they’re working hard, but when a girl does it, she has an ulterior motive.”
Vave herself popped up in the comments of Foxx’s Instagram Live video and shut down the people who had been speculating about the relationship. She said, “For the people who care… here is the true story… for everyone else you can keep talking and calling me a w***e, slut, homewrecker, thot, gold digger, that I should die, and whatever else you want.”
Elsewhere, though, a rumor came out in September that Tom Cruise wanted to try and win the newly single Holmes back. According to NW magazine and a source who supposedly spoke to the publication, “Word is that the second [Foxx] was out of the picture, [Cruise] had people make contact with [Holmes] and humbly request a meeting.”
The alleged source apparently added that “[Cruise] wants Suri back in his life, but he’s also optimistic things could turn romantic again with [Holmes].” At the time, Cruise had reportedly not seen his daughter in a long while. The website Gossip Cop debunked the relationship rumor, though. According to the publication’s writers, a rep for Holmes told them that nothing had happened between the actress and her ex-husband.
But when 2020 rolled around, tabloid newspapers and gossip websites still weren’t done with the couple. In January, for instance, OK! Magazine published a report from another apparent “insider.” And this source claimed that Holmes had spent her time with Foxx taking advantage of his fame.
According to the supposed source, Holmes leveraged the media attention on her and Foxx for her own ends. The “insider” claimed that Foxx had introduced his girlfriend to “big producers and power players.” This, the person claimed, was “a massive turn-on [for] her and something she’s taken full advantage of.”
But because of the secrecy Holmes and Foxx maintained, chances are that it will be a long while before the full story comes out – if indeed it ever does. Neither of them appears particularly the worse for wear due to their split, though. And Holmes has said her attention is now on just being a good mom to Suri.
In 2016, while Holmes was still dating Foxx, she told Modern Luxury magazine, “I think the most important thing in my life is giving my child the childhood I want her to have. That comes first.” So even though breaking up from Foxx marked a change in her life, Holmes still has plenty to look forward to.