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How Katie Holmes Strategically Planned Her Divorce From Tom Cruise

In the summer of 2012, actress Katie Holmes devised a strategic and calculated plan to escape her marriage to Tom Cruise and maintain full custody of their daughter, Suri Cruise. 

Holmes’ escape from the high-profile marriage and the steps she took to win custody of her daughter — and consequently escape the Church of Scientology’s control — is one of Hollywood’s many mysteries.

Cruise’s previous wife, Nicole Kidman, famously lost touch with their children for many years because of the church.

So, the fact that Holmes was able to do what many members of the church have allegedly been prevented from doing, is certainly quite the legal triumph.

Here’s the strategy Katie Holmes devised to divorce Tom Cruise: 

Holmes reportedly spent some time carefully plotting her divorce from Cruise, and even “surprised” her ex-husband with the news that she was leaving him during a phone call while Cruise had been filming a movie in Iceland.

In an interview on the German TV network ProSieben, according to CBS News, Cruise admitted that he “didn’t expect” the news that Holmes, to who he had been married for six years, was divorcing him.

“Life is a tragicomedy. You need to have a sense of humor,” Cruise said. “I had an unbelievable amount of time to think about it.”

Despite Cruise’s optimistic outlook on his split from Holmes, a source told People that the actor had been “in shock” after receiving the phone call from his wife, which had been made from a throwaway device provided by Holmes’ friend.

RELATED: Inside Tom Cruise’s Relationship With The Woman Scientology Auditioned To Be His Wife Before Katie Holmes

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