Inside Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx’s Secret Romance: The Tom Cruise Factor and More

When it comes to celebrity divorces, things can get really messy, and some stars have pretty unusual requests laid out in their settlements. It’s been reported by some media outlets that this was the case with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes when they ended their marriage on July 9, 2012. A source claimed that as part of their divorce settlement, the actress could not publicly “embarrass” the Mission Impossible star by going public with another relationship until five years had passed.

This would explain why Holmes and Jamie Foxx went to great lengths to keep their romance a secret for so long. Now that the five-year mark is up, the two have finally come out as a couple. However, another outlet reports that the “Cruise ban” is totally made up.

Here’s a list of everything we know about Holmes and Foxx’s romance, including the star who accidentally outed their relationship (page 6).

Holmes filed for divorce because she didn’t want her daughter raised as a Scientologist

Katie Holmes and daughter Suri Cruise watching a soccer game from a balcony.
Katie Holmes holds her daughter Suri Cruise. | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

After six years of marriage, Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise reportedly because she did not want their daughter, Suri, raised as a Scientologist and becoming a member of the Church’s Sea Org.

They finalized a settlement just 10 days after the filing. Both parties reportedly agreed that Suri would not be involved with Scientology in any way.

Next: Did Cruise really prevent Holmes from dating after their divorce?

The so-called ‘dating ban’ was part of the divorce settlement

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise posing for photos together at a formal event.
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

A report from Radar Online surfaced in 2016 that claimed the reason Foxx and Holmes had to hide their romance was because of a dating ban Cruise included in their settlement.

“Katie signed a clause in her quickie divorce settlement that prevents her from embarrassing Tom in various ways, like talking about him or Scientology, or publicly dating another man for five years after the divorce,” a source told the publication, also adding, “Katie wanted out of the marriage so badly, she agreed to the terms — and got $4.8 million in child support, plus another $5 million for herself.”

Gossip Cop has since disputed this story and called the allegation of the ban put in place by Cruise “fiction.”

Next: The dating rumors with Foxx and Holmes started here.

Foxx and Holmes first sparked dating rumors in 2013

Cruise, Holmes and Foxx stand together before a football game.
Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and Jamie Foxx stand on the field before a football game. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Oscar winner and Dawson’s Creek alum first sparked dating rumors back in 2013 when they were spotted dancing together at a charity event.

Those rumors never died down, but the pair still seemed determined to try and keep their relationship private. This included Holmes wearing a disguise when she would visit Foxx.

Next: These are the excuses Holmes and Foxx gave when asked about their relationship.

They denied being a couple for years

Actor Jamie Foxx holds his hand to his chin while a microphone is held to his face
Jamie Foxx denied rumors of their relationship. | David Becker/Getty Images for Showtime

Even though everyone believed the two to be a couple, the duo never admitted it. When Holmes was asked if they were dating she flat out refused to answer the question, and when Foxx was asked, he denied it and instead gave the line that they were “just friends.”

When pressed more by the paparazzi, he responded that they were hanging out because they were working on a project together. “That’s all it is,” he said.

Next: Holmes is spotted with a ring on an important finger.

Engagement rumors swirled after Holmes wore a ring on that finger

Actress Katie Holmes attends the "All We Had" Premiere
Katie Holmes’ ring spurred rumors. | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

While Holmes would not acknowledge the status of her relationship, she had engagement rumors swirling when she was spotted with a ring on that finger.

Sources close to her and Foxx quickly debunked those reports before they got out of hand. The insiders explained that the stars were not engaged and that the ring was simply a piece of jewelry that Holmes liked wearing.

Next: This star outed the couple during a podcast.

RHOA star Claudia Jordan outed the couple during a podcast

Claudia Jordan holding a microphone and sitting on a white couch.
Actress Claudia Jordan almost outed the couple. | Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2016 Essence Festival

A hiccup that disrupted all the work to keep their relationship a secret occurred in 2016 when Foxx’s pal, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Claudia Jordan, outed the two actors as a couple. The reality star accidentally let the cat out of the bag when she joined the Allegedly podcast and said, “[Foxx] is very happy with her [Holmes]. I like that he seems very happy.”

Once the tabloids jumped on Jordan’s accidental outing of the pair, she quickly backtracked. “I have no knowledge of Jamie with Katie at all,” she told ET. “I’ve never seen them together. He’s never told me he’s dating her.”

Next: The photo that finally confirmed the relationship status.

Holmes and Foxx’s relationship finally confirmed

The couple’s relationship was finally confirmed in 2017 when they were photographed together in Malibu, California, over Labor Day weekend, smiling and walking along a beach hand in hand.

If there was really some type of ban in place restricting them from making their relationship known, they seem to be relieved that it’s out now — especially Holmes, who has been seen beaming from ear to ear after the big reveal.

Next: Foxx and Holmes have never done this.

Foxx and Holmes have never confirmed their relationship

Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx collage.
Left: Jamie Foxx in 2018 | Greg Doherty/Getty Images, Right: Katie Holmes in New York City | Monica Schipper/Getty Images

Even though the cat is out of the bag, Foxx and Holmes have never actually confirmed their relationship. In fact, they did the opposite and denied it on many occasions by pulling the old “just friends” line.

So, despite their Labor Day PDA photo, or picture of them grabbing dinner in NYC, or gazing into one another’s eyes at a pre-Grammy event, we shouldn’t expect these two to suddenly do red carpets together anytime soon.

Next: Foxx ended an interview over this surprising question.

Foxx ends interview after being asked about Holmes

Jamie Foxx posing on a red carpet.
He was not interested in answering that question. | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

During NBA All-Star weekend in February 2018, the Oscar winner showed everyone that he doesn’t appreciate being asked about his lady by abruptly ending an interview when a journalist went there.

Referring to some pictures that were published a day earlier, ESPN’s Michael Smith asked, “Did you and Katie Holmes play basketball for Valentine’s Day?” Foxx responded by saying nothing at all and simply removed his microphone and walked away, proving that if you want to talk to him, don’t bring up Holmes.

Next: The deal not to speak might just involve Foxx and Holmes.

They agreed not to talk about the relationship

Katie Holmes smiling and posing on a red carpet.
They’re not open to sharing details. | Jewel SamadAFP/Getty Images

One of the main reasons, Foxx and Holmes have chosen not to discuss their love life is because it’s something they agreed upon early on.

“Katie and Jamie have an agreement that they’ll never talk about their relationship or each other in the press,” a source close to the Dawson’s Creek alum explained to Us Weekly.

The source added that Holmes was happy with the way Foxx handled the ESPN interview because she “felt he was respecting their agreement.”

Next: They are still going strong. 

Why it works for them

Jamie Foxx posing on a red carpet.
This is perhaps the key to a lasting relationship. | Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz USA

Something these two have proven is that keeping things private works for them. A source told Us Weekly that their relationship also works “because of the love, compassion, trust and support they have for each other.”

The source further explained that while they “lead their own separate lives, they confide in and rely on each other pretty heavily.”

Next: They don’t need to give attention to these nasty rumors. 

They don’t have to deal with cheating, split rumors

Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx collage.
Left: Katie Holmes | Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images, Right: Jamie Foxx | Charley Gallay/Getty Images

Finally, there have been reports about Foxx allegedly cheating on Holmes, and the pair breaking up. But since the couple makes it a point to not talk about their relationship, they never have to address the made-up splitsville rumors put out there by the tabloids.

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