Most celebrity divorces result in an endless string of reporting on the many varied and messy details surrounding the split of the couple in question. However, the recent Katie Holmes/Tom Cruise divorce seems to have been settled in record time, and without a lot of fanfare in the press. Reports in the news do indicate that Katie Holmes had anticipated a long and drawn-out divorce experience once she decided to dump Tom, but the reports also show that it was Katie’s carefully planned use of the telephone that enabled her to plan and execute much of the divorce along with its messy details without Mr. Cruise, his many attorneys, or the press learning about it in advance.
Reports in the Los Angeles Times indicate that Katie employed the use of “disposable” pre-paid cell phones to communicate about the event in secret with her attorneys to ensure that Cruise would be unable to trace or track the conversations. Because Holmes used various “new” phone numbers for very short time periods and switched them frequently, it would have required a lot more than just a simple reverse phone number lookup service to discover his wife’s secret divorce agenda.
The reports indicate the actress’s lawyer father was the person who advised her to employ the disposable phones to build her case on the sly and surprise Cruise and his attorneys with the news she was ready to end their five year marriage. The disposable phone tactics allowed Holmes the time and privacy to move into a new downtown Manhattan apartment and hire three different law firms in three different states to represent her. Most of the articles in the press have also indicated that Cruise was taken by complete surprise by the secret preparations. The covert phone tactics allowed Holmes to get her and Cruise’s lawyers to settle just one week after she filed for the divorce, and she was also able to get primary custody of her 6-year-old daughter Suri in one quick, behind-closed-doors divorce settlement. Tom Cruise will still have visitation rights but Holmes will be the one who decides how Suri will live and be educated, which is an important factor in the split considering Cruise is a prominent Scientologist and Holmes was raised as a Catholic. However, the disposable cell phones were the real stars in what has turned out to be one of the quickest celebrity divorces on record as the entire affair was over just 11 days after Holmes filed her divorce papers.