Itâ€™s really no surprise to me that Katie Holmes turned to her soon to be exâ€™s ex as she plotted her super-secret exit strategy and her epic divorce shocker. At the heart of it? A motherâ€™s undying love for her child.
What would you do if your husband was pushing your six year old daughter into what many say is a cult? Katie knew her relationship with her daughter was going to be over if she didnâ€™t flee and seek sole custody.
In their secret phone calls, Nichole Kidman reportedly confirmed Katieâ€™s huge fears over losing daughter Suri to Scientology. It was a painful dĂ©jĂ vu for Nicole.
The reported break point for Katie; Tom Cruiseâ€™s insistence that Suri join the Sea Org, the churchâ€™s inner circle. To join up you sign a billion year contract that requires intermarriage with other Sea Org members and discourages pregnancy as grounds for demotion. Once a child reaches age six, they are raised in communes and only see their parents on weekends.
Nicole is quoted saying she rarely sees her children with Cruise; Connor now 17 and Isabella now 19, and there are tell tale signs of life long heartbreak. â€śThey live with Tomâ€ť, she said in 2010, which was their choice. Iâ€™d love them to live with me but what can you do?â€ť
Isabella says she rarely sees her mother, and both teens are now deeply committed to their fatherâ€™s controversial sect.
Katie became Nicoleâ€™s fragile and failing lifeline to her children shortly after Katieâ€™s marriage. Connor and Isabella were 6 and 8 years old, and already the estrangement had begun. I think, years ago, it may have been Katieâ€™s first nagging hint of what was to come.
One source says the womenâ€™s friendship was a closely guarded secret, and as Katieâ€™s marriage was unraveling, Nicole was encouraging her, telling her that life with new husband Keith Urban and her two young daughters Faith and Sunday, is great, and that she no regrets.
At that point, insiders say, Katieâ€™s thriller-movie-script divorce plot was already underway with the help of elite security operatives secretly hired to help her organize what became one of Hollywoodâ€™s most elaborate and closely held secret breakups.
Only a celebrity with Katieâ€™s means and acting skills could have pulled it off. Fooling the Tom Cat that all was well, while renting and furnishing a new apartment, changing phones, joining the Catholic Church and drawing the sole custody divorce case that features visitation with Cruise, but only in the company of security agents to make sure the child is not sucked into Scientology.