Their divorce was settled in record time, but new reports suggest that Katie Holmes anticipated a very messy divorce from Tom Cruise.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the 33-year-old actress took extreme measures to ensure that she would be able to file for divorce from the 50-year-old "Rock of Ages" star. Sources tell the paper that Holmes began contacting attorneys using a disposable cellphone provided by a friend, so that Cruise wouldn't know about the conversations.
The phone tactics allowed Holmes to launch her case, surprising Cruise and his handlers with the news she was ready to end their marriage of five years. According to the LA Times, by the time their divorce settlement was reached, Holmes had hired three law firms in three states to represent her.
Holmes' decision didn't come lightly, and a source told People magazine that as she realized "she no longer had the life she wanted, in terms of her career, her way of life, everything," she had to make a drastic change.
According to the magazine, the actress first sought advice from her lawyer father Martin, who helped her orchestrate her exit from her marriage, which in addition to disposable phones, included moving into a new downtown Manhattan apartment.
The extreme measures worked and Cruise was reportedly blindsided by the news, which Holmes broke to him via a phone call, a source told People. Because of Holmes' swift and covert actions she was able to get her and Cruise's lawyers to settle just over a week after she filed, and was able to get primary custody of her 6-year-old daughter, Suri, which is what she wanted most.