Why Did Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx Deny Their Relationship for Years?

With social media and swarming paparazzi, it’s tougher than ever for celebrities to remain tight-lipped about their relationships. But somehow, despite Katie Holmes’ highly-publicized split from Tom Cruise, she was able to keep any romance with Jamie Foxx hidden. After years of denial from both Holmes and Jamie Foxx, they became experts at keeping their relationship totally incognito. And now, rumors are flying that Holmes might actually be engaged.

When did Holmes and Foxx first meet, and why did they adamantly deny anything was going on between them? Here’s what many suspect.

Holmes and Foxx first crossed paths at a football game

Cruise, Holmes, and Foxx

Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx stand on the field before a game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins | Win McNamee/Getty Images

Holmes’ relationship with Cruise was anything but secret, so we’re sure her relationship with Foxx, who’s known for keeping his relationships totally under wraps, is a welcome change. Entertainment Tonight reveals Foxx and Cruise actually starred in the film, Collateral, back in 2004. But it wasn’t until 2006 when Holmes and Foxx really crossed paths.

The publication notes in 2006, after Holmes had Suri but before her wedding to Cruise, Holmes and Foxx met each other at a Vikings vs. Redskins football game. They also posed for photos together at the time (with Cruise, of course).

They were linked romantically in 2013

Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise in 2012, Entertainment Tonight reminds us. And the following year, the rumors began of a romance between Holmes and Foxx. In August 2013, they danced together at the 4th Annual Apollo in the Hamptons Benefit. At the same time, news outlets also started reporting that he was spending time at her apartment in New York regularly.

After that dance, it was tough to find concrete evidence of a relationship between the two of them for years. And in 2015, one source told People that “Jamie and Katie are just friends and have been for a long time. They are two adults who are attractive and single, and so apparently conclusions will be drawn.” Even with this denial from an outsider, many still didn’t believe there was nothing between them, however.

How they denied their relationship for years

Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx

Left: Katie Holmes in New York | Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images, Right: Jamie Foxx in Los Angeles | Charley Gallay/Getty Images

Friends of these two weren’t the only ones to deny the romance. Both Foxx and Holmes were also good at quickly dispelling the rumors — even though they likely were true at the time. Back in 2015, Foxx denied the relationship completely, saying, “What I’ve learned about society today is that they’re so thirsty. Especially in tabloid world and social media world, they’re so thirsty to find any story.” This came after grainy photos of the two were taken on the beach holding hands, however.

In 2016, Holmes was also asked about her dating life. While she didn’t outright say she wasn’t romantically involved with Foxx when questioned about dating by More magazine, she did reply by saying, “That’s not something I want to answer.” She also added, “I’ve learned from everything, and everything sort of leads you to the next place. I just keep going.” These were convoluted answers as to what was really going on with her love life, but looking back now, it all makes sense.

Tom Cruise may have been the reason for the secrecy

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes pose together at Castello Odescalchi on their wedding day. | Robert Evans/Handout via Getty Images

Why did Holmes keep her second relationship so much more private than her first? It reportedly had a lot to do with her ex-husband. According to the Daily Beast, it’s rumored that a condition of Holmes and Cruise’s 2012 divorce is that Holmes couldn’t publicly date a man five years after the divorce was finalized. She also reportedly couldn’t “embarrass” Cruise in other ways and was allegedly prevented from discussing him or Scientology in the public eye, too.

As for why Holmes would agree to these aggressive terms, one source said, “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.”

Many believe this settlement to be true, since right around the five-year mark of the divorce, Holmes and Foxx were more open about their relationship. And though engagement rumors have been flying, it seems these two are still taking things slow. They’re not currently engaged, though many believe something could occur in the future.

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