Disposable cell phone aids Katie Holmes in quick divorce from Tom Cruise
The entertainment industry was abuzz after Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise in New York. The couple finalized their divorce after only 11 days, thanks to Holmes' preparations and ability to cover her tracks. According to the Los Angeles Times, a disposable cell phone was the key to this speedy divorce.
Cell phone privacy was clearly a must for Holmes, as she used a device provided by a friend to talk to her lawyers without Cruise knowing. It is assumed Cruise would have been able to see the phone calls if she used her own cell phone. This gave Holmes the ability to prepare a solid legal case, allowing her to leave their marriage and shock her husband of five years. She was also quick to get help, since she worked with three different law firms after filing the papers, the media outlet reports.
Holmes now has custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Suri. The divorce settlement gives Cruise visitation rights and still allows him to have a relationship with his daughter. However, Holmes will play the lead role in Suri's education and other important aspects of her life, according to the news source.
Even though it has not been confirmed, many speculate religion played a big role in this split. Cruise is a prominent member of the Church of Scientology while Holmes was raised a Roman Catholic. Reports have suggested the role of Scientology in Suri's upbringing may have been the key factor in Holmes' decision to file for divorce, especially in the quick fashion that she did so, the news outlet indicates. The now-divorced pair released a statement alluding to the religious component of their divorce.
"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," Cruise and Holmes said in a statement.
According to Reuters, an 11-day settlement is quick for any couple, especially Hollywood millionaires, as divorce proceedings can last years in some cases. Using a disposable cell phone to contact lawyers beforehand may be the main reason Holmes was able to complete the process so efficiently.