When you think of Katie Holmes, you probably think of Tom Cruise. But many fans don't realize that she also dated another high-profile actor: Katie and Jamie Foxx dated for six years, keeping quiet about their relationship and maintaining a very private love life. But just as the world started to learn snippets of their secret romance, it was revealed that they had broken up. But why? Nobody knew why their relationship had turned sour until someone close to them decided to lift the lid on what really went down between them.
Life in the Limelight
For the most part, many people just couldn't understand why Katie Holmes would keep her relationship with Jamie Foxx a secret in the first place. If she had been with him so long, why didn't she want to shout about her love for him from the rooftops? But when you think about it, her reluctance to go public makes sense. After all, she had already experienced living her love life in the limelight.
Before Jamie came along and stole her heart, she was married to Tom Cruise. And Tom definitely didn't keep his love for Katie private, especially when he stood up on Oprah Windrey's couch and proclaimed his love for the actress.
Falling for Tom
It was in April 2005 when the Dawson's Creek actress started dating the Top Gun legend. And while the actress was raised Catholic, she fell hard for Tom and ultimately converted to Scientology for him just a few months into their relationship. Not long after that, it was revealed that the couple had taken an even bigger step forward in their relationship. Yes, Tom had asked Katie to marry him under the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Of course, there was no way she was turning down one of the most famous men in Hollywood whom she was deeply in love with. But when she accepted his proposal, she had no idea what was coming her way.
Welcoming Suri Into the World
As soon as the press learned that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise were engaged, they wanted to know everything about the couple. They followed them around, and they searched to uncover the intricacies of their relationship. And this media scrutiny became even more intense when the couple welcomed their daughter Suri into the world in October 2005. Although Cruise had adopted two children with his ex, Nicole Kidman, this was his first biological child.
The arrival of Suri put Katie Holmes firmly on the celebrity map. She couldn't leave the house without being bombarded with paparazzi, and while Tom was used to it, Katie was a little more guarded.
Finally Getting Hitched
Due to the arrival of their little girl, Tom and Katie had pushed back their wedding planning. But the big day finally came around in November 2006, when the most anticipated celebrity wedding of the year took place at the Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy. No expense was spared for their extravagant day, and celebrities from across the globe traveled to watch the two lovebirds get hitched. All in all, it was an iconic comment in celebrity history.
But while the guest list featured A-list celebrities from the music and movies, it was the large number of Scientologists at the wedding that proved to be the biggest talking point of all.
A Controversial Connection
While many people focused on the love they shared for each other on their big day, there were others who couldn't get over the hints of Scientology that saturated Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's wedding day. After all, some believe this controversial religion is dangerous, with many claiming it's a cult. And as the celebrity poster child of Scientology, many people wondered how Tom Cruise and the church would influence the popular actress.
Of course, Cruise was no stranger to criticism when they got hitched. He had already been called out for allegedly taking Scientology ministers onto set while he was filming, and he was notoriously silent about his connections to the church.
Along Came Foxx
After their wedding, Tom and Katie tried to get on with their life - but there's no doubt that the media coverage of their family didn't slow down. Everyone wanted to know what was going on between them behind closed doors, and fans wanted to know more about Katie's ties to Scientology. But while the media was speculating about the actress, Katie herself was making new friends - including Jamie Foxx.
Katie and Jamie first met when he worked alongside Tom Cruise in the 2004 movie Collateral. And it seems as though the costars stayed in touch, as they even sat next to each other at a football game two years later.
A Happy Family?
At the time, it seemed as though Katie and Jamie were just friends and that Katie was simply focusing on her marriage and her family. But did Jamie light a fire in her that she hadn't expected? Shortly after their appearance at the football game together, Katie seemed to be more honest about her relationship than she had ever been before. And although it seemed as though she had nothing but nice things to say about Cruise, some were concerned.
During an interview with Marie Claire in 2010, Katie gushed about Cruise and confessed that he was a doting dad to their daughter. But was something else bubbling under the surface?
A Cryptic Interview
Not long after Katie's interview with the press, Tom decided to have his say during an interview with Playboy. As usual, the reporter wanted to know more about his love life, his career, and his relationship with Scientology. But while Cruise gave a little more away than he usually did, his responses were still incredibly cryptic. And this time, he also used the opportunity to speak out about his wife.
When asked about his religion, Cruise stated, "I have respect for what other people believe." But he also claimed that his beliefs were sacred and personal to him and were a way for him to do better as a father and husband.
Happy Wife, Happy Life
In the interview, Cruise answered even more questions about his wife. He confessed that Katie was an "extraordinary person" who put 110% into everything that she did and seemed to make everyone she met fall in love with her. And he made sure to tell the reporter that he was hopefully in love with her, too. He loved his life, his daughter, and his relationship with his wife. In fact, he loved it all.
After this interview, it was clear to see that Tom was enamored with his wife. But could the same be said for Katie? Well, the world didn't have to wait long to see that it couldn't.
A Shocking Announcement
In June 2012, the celebrity world was shocked to its core when it was announced that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise would be getting a divorce. Even more shockingly, we learned that Katie was the one handing out the divorce papers. She no longer wanted to be married to Tom, but it soon became clear that she didn't want to make a big deal out of it. In fact, she didn't want Tom to be involved at all.
According to reports, Katie struggled to move forward with the divorce proceedings while living with her husband. So, she had to buy a burner phone so she could talk to her legal team without him knowing.
Keeping Suri Out of It
As the divorce played out before our very eyes, the press tried to squeeze as much information as possible about Tom and Katie's doomed relationship. But Katie's team remained tight-lipped about the whole process. Her lawyer even told People that Katie wouldn't be speaking on the personal matter and that she wanted to be able to get through the process in private for the sake of her daughter. She wanted Suri to stay out of it.
However, what Katie didn't realize is that keeping quiet simply amped up the rumors about her family - especially when it came to her daughter and her relationship with her father.
Her Main Motivation
Through some impressive digging, the media soon discovered that before Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise, she had been involved in some other legal proceedings. These revolved around Suri Cruise and stated that Katie would take on sole custody of their daughter, with Tom only allowed basic visitation rights. And when this news made its way into the public sphere, it spread like wildfire and fired up the Hollywood rumor mill.
In fact, many began to speculate that their divorce was brought on by Katie's desire to raise her daughter outside of the Church of Scientology. What's more, it seemed as though she wanted to protect her daughter from her father.
A short while later, more stories made their way out of the woodwork, and rumors suggested that Katie herself had decided to leave the Church of Scientology - something that is historically very difficult to do. It was claimed that Katie had converted back to Catholicism and had even signed up to become a member of New York's Church of St. Francis Xavier. It was a shocking move from Katie.
However, fans could sense that she was on the cusp of something big. They wondered whether Katie had experienced a revelation while married to Tom or experienced something harmful that ultimately changed the way she viewed her life and how she viewed love.
Confirming the Rumors?
Although the suggestion that Katie had divorced Tom to keep Suri away from the church was just a rumor, Tom seemed to confirm a similar story during an uncomfortable deposition in 2013. He seemed to confirm that his connection to the Church of Scientology was one of the main reasons why his ex-wife had divorced him, as she had wanted to protect her from his potentially dangerous religion. However, he didn't think it was necessary.
In his eyes, his church was a safe haven. But during this deposition, he also seemingly confirmed that his ex-wife and his daughter were no longer members of his controversial church.
Cut off From His Daughter
Unfortunately, you can't just leave the Church of Scientology and get on with your life - especially if some of your family members are still part of the church. That's because the church calls those who leave "suppressive persons," and they encourage everyone to avoid these people and cut them out of their lives for good. Of course, this was a problem for Tom, whose daughter was technically a "suppressive person."
In 2013, rumors began to circulate that Tom had indeed cut off his daughter, as he had not been seen with her for months. However, he claimed that these rumors were false and blamed his filming schedule for his lack of contact.
A New Love
But while Tom was battling a busy filming schedule and claims of abandoning his daughter, it seemed as though Katie was moving on with her life. With full custody of Suri, she spent most of her time making new memories with her daughter - but that didn't stop her from having some fun, too. Not long after her divorce was finalized, the actress was spotted out and about with none other than Jamie Foxx.
By late 2013, rumors began to swirl that the two actors were more than friends. But was there any weight to these rumors? Or were they just two friends hanging out?
Getting Closer and Closer
Of course, neither Katie nor Jamie spoke out publicly about these rumors. And while paparazzi tried to get a glimpse of these two together in an effort to confirm their rumored relationship, the only thing they could get were some long-distance photos of the two of them - and they were extremely blurry. Because of this, 2014 came and went without any proper confirmation of their relationship, and fans were none the wiser.
However, there was a new development in March 2015. A source who was allegedly very close to the couple spoke to People, alleging that the two actors were indeed in a relationship.
Keeping Things Casual
However, this source also claimed that the relationship between Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes wasn't that serious. While they had reportedly been together for a few years by that point, it seemed as though they were just keeping things casual and having fun with each other. The source even reported that, technically, they didn't even class themselves as a couple. Instead, "They are two adults who are attractive and single."
Apparently, neither of them was ready for a serious commitment - especially after Katie had been embroiled in such a dramatic marriage to Tom Cruise just a few years prior. But then fans spotted something that made them think otherwise.
Spotting the Rings
For the next year or so, fans speculated even more about the couple. They hoped the high-profile actors would speak out about their rumored relationship and offer them some insight into what was going on between them. But it wasn't until March 2016 that we were given another hint into their relationship. This didn't come from Katie or Jamie's mouths, though. Instead, it came from their hands. More specifically, their fingers.
Yes, when both Katie and Jamie were spotted out solo, fans couldn't help but notice that they both seemed to have rings on their wedding fingers. This sent fans into a spiral. Was the couple engaged?
Cruise's Divorce Terms
When these engagement rumors started to circulate, Jamie Foxx's team was quick to shut them down. But almost as soon as this rumor started to die down, another one reared its head - and this one revolved around Katie Holmes' ex-husband and his divorce terms. In fact, it was suggested that Cruise put a clause into their divorce agreement stating that Katie couldn't be seen dating another person for at least five years after their divorce.
According to a source close to the actress, Katie reportedly agreed to these terms to get out of her marriage as quickly as possible. But did this explain why she didn't want to go public with Jamie?
The Evidence We Were After
Although many questioned whether this divorce clause was true, the evidence seemed to suggest that it was. In January 2018, just over five years after her divorce from Tom Cruise was finalized, Katie Holmes was finally pictured in close contact with Jamie Foxx. They were spotted at the pre-Grammys Gala together, and the photographs seemed to suggest that they were more than friends. In fact, they looked incredibly loved up.
But the photos didn't stop there. After this debut event, the alleged couple were then spotted on dates and in public together. However, it seemed as though their public relationship proved to be too much for them.
A Single Man?
With photographic evidence of the two of them together, fans of both Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx were over the moon for the alleged couple. They loved the idea of them as a couple, and it seemed as though people backed them the whole way. That's why fans were confused in February 2019, when Jamie reportedly told party-goers after the Oscars that he was a single man and acted as though he was single.
Apparently, he was seen dancing and schmoozing with multiple women who weren't Katie. And this led many to believe that their now-public relationship was on the rocks and maybe even over.
Back on Track
But it didn't take long for those rumors to be squashed. Although Jamie claimed that he was single, the evidence seemed to suggest otherwise - and it soon became clear that they were back on track. Just a few weeks later, Jamie and Katie were spotted in public again, looking incredibly loved up and happy together. What's more, it seemed as though they had taken a major step in their relationship, as Katie was even spotted with Foxx's daughter.
This led many to question whether Foxx had, in turn, met Suri Cruise and spent time with her. And if that was the case, they wondered what Tom Cruise thought about it.
Keeping Their Distance
Behind closed doors, it seemed as though Katie and Jamie had formed out a relationship that worked for them. And part of this relationship was keeping their distance in public, and this was proven when the couple attended high-profile events. Of course, everyone expected the couple to walk the red carpet together and pose for photos as one unit. But they didn't do that. They kept their distance and met up once inside these events.
Foxx's daughter only had gushing things to say about her father and his new girlfriend. She even told People magazine, "They are so great, and [Holmes] is always so chic."
Just as the world was getting used to these small displays of affection from Jamie, Katie, and those around them, rumors began to swirl that it was all over. E! News reported in August 2019 that the couple had called it quits a few months earlier and that they were no longer romantically involved. And while this came as a huge shock to some people, for others, it was a long time coming.
In fact, just a few days before it was reported that they'd broken up, Jamie Foxx had been photographed with another woman looking incredibly cozy. And some knew this was a bad sign.
A Natural Stopping Point
As is the case for any celebrity breakup, the world wanted to know more. They wanted to know what had caused them to end things and whether foul play had forced Katie's hand. It was People magazine who managed to find a source willing to speak to them about the former couple, and this source maintained that their relationship had reached a natural stopping point and that there was no bad blood between them.
They confessed, "They had a very, very deep connection. They brought each other a lot of joy and laughter." In the end, they realized that their schedules and their lives didn't work together. But was there more?
Even More Rumors
While the source only had nice things to say about the couple and the breakup, many people began to wonder if this was a facade and that there had been something else bubbling up under the surface. After all, Jamie had often made a display of stating that he was single and hanging around other women. And even more, rumors spiraled in August 2019 when more sources came forward with conflicting information.
But while these stories seemed to contradict themselves, both of them revolved around a weekend the couple spent in Montauk for their Memorial Day celebrations. And it soon became clear that the weekend was a catalyst for their breakup.
The Two Stories
Whatever happened during that Memorial Day weekend obviously had an effect on the couple, but what happened? Well, one source claimed that Holmes canceled on the actor just two hours before they were due to hop on a plane and head to Montauk. However, the other source that came forward suggested otherwise and stated that Foxx did something that hurt Katie's feelings two hours before they were due to leave and ultimately canceled on his own.
The fact that these reports differed proved that there was obviously trouble in paradise for these two and that their breakup was caused by a particular moment. Or had something been brewing under the surface for years?
Foxx the Womanizer
Before too long, another source came forward and spoke to the press about the shock split. And this time, they didn't mention anything about a weekend in Montauk. Instead, they claimed that Foxx had been the problem the whole time and that he'd been stepping out with women too many times for Katie's liking. And while she put up with it for a while, it seemed as though it got too much for her in the end.
Apparently, Katie didn't enjoy waiting for him to come home after a night of partying or wondering who he had been dancing with at these parties. And ultimately, she realized that their lives just didn't align.
When these womanizing claims came forward, it didn't take too long for the media to do some digging and uncover a woman who had been incredibly close to Jamie during his relationship with Katie. And they realized that the woman he was spotted with just days before their split was reported was none other than singer Sela Vave. But when reports of a rumored romance between Vave and Jamie came to light, Jamie was quick to shut them down.
He even wrote about the young woman on Instagram, claiming that he was not dating her and had no interest in dating her. Apparently, he was just her mentor, helping her navigate the celebrity world.
A Helping Hand
This didn't stop the rumors of a romance between them, though. So, Jamie decided to go on Instagram Live and explain himself further. And during this social media session, he explained that he liked to lend a helping hand to those in the public eye. He would let them stay at his house and provide them with the tools they needed to navigate the celebrity world. And that's what he was doing for Vave.
He also pointed out the fact that Vave was as young as his daughter and that he would never go there with someone so young. But he was just getting started, as these rumors seemed to hit a nerve.
In fact, Jamie soon embarked on a tirade against the media and the celebrity world as a whole. He spoke about the double standards men and women faced in the industry and even stated that he was teaching Vave such things. He claimed that even he had men living and working hard in his house, too. But just because she was a woman, she had to face the scrutiny of the public eye.
Jamie seemed very confident in his ability to be a mentor for these people, and he even maintained that he had the full trust and support of Vave's mother to give her a helping hand.
Vave Speaks up
While Jamie was unleashing his tirade on Instagram Live, Vave decided to speak up, too. She opted to say her piece in the comments section of the social media rant and didn't hold back when it came to her choice of words. After all, she had been called all kinds of names, from gold digger to homewrecker, and she didn't think she deserved any of it. So, she was going to stick up for herself.
She started, "For the people who care... here is the true story." And soon enough, she had unleashed her own personal story on the masses, shocking everyone in the process.
Trying to Win Her Back
But while all of this Instagram drama was unfolding on Jamie Foxx's page, a new rumor had started to come from the Hollywood rumor mill - and this particular rumor involved Tom Cruise and his ex-wife, Katie Holmes. Apparently, Tom wanted nothing more than to get his family back together, and he was working hard to win Katie back. Apparently, he took the opportunity to work his magic as soon as he learned of Katie and Jamie's breakup.
A source even reported that Cruise reached out to Katie's team, asking to set up a meeting and work things out between them. But how did Katie respond to her ex's request?
The source stated that while Cruise wanted to win back the love and affection of his ex-wife, he also wanted to get back into contact with his daughter, Suri. At that point, he hadn't seen her in months and was struggling with the time away from her. And while fans waited with bated breath to see whether the iconic couple of the early '00s would make a resurgence, that didn't happen.
In fact, a rep for the actress claimed that Cruise hadn't reached out to her for a reunion. And even if he had, she wouldn't have been interested. She had moved on.
In It for the Fame
All in all, it seemed as though Katie wanted to live her life free from these rumors about her love life. But she couldn't escape the tabloid gossip that surrounded her relationships, and this was proven once again in 2020. At that time, she became the center of another gossip circle when a source allegedly close to the actress claimed that she had just been with Jamie Foxx for the fame.
Apparently, she wanted to date another high-profile actor to keep herself relevant in Hollywood and to further her acting career. And the source didn't stop there with the supposed truth bombs.
According to the source, Katie didn't care about Jamie's rumored relationships with other women because she wasn't with him for romantic reasons. Instead, she wanted to make use of the fact that he had some impressive connections in Hollywood, and she wanted to be introduced to some of the biggest producers and writers in the business. Of course, this was very hard for some people to believe - especially as her career has been fairly quiet ever since.
While Katie probably could have taken full advantage of her ex's connections, her acting resume seems to suggest otherwise. So, is that the truth? Or was that just another rumor to add to the list?
Of course, we'll never understand the intricacies of someone else's relationship or breakup, so the mystery of Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes will remain unsolved until one of them speaks out. However, both of them are notoriously private when it comes to their relationships, so this seems unlikely. And considering how much Katie has been burned in the past with her ex-husband, we think it's even less likely for her.
What we do know, though, is that Katie is now focusing on raising her daughter to live a happy and healthy life away from any negativity. And she seems pretty content.