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 relationship and the terms of the so-called dating ban.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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, 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 in 2016 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.”

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.

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