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OPINION: Why The Tom Cruise And Katie Holmes Split Was Settled So Quickly.

In what may be the most publicly amiable split and divorce agreement in recent celebrity history, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have settled the terms of their split in less that two weeks. Here’s why.



In what may be the most publicly  amicable split and divorce agreement in recent celebrity history, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have settled the terms of their split in less that two weeks. Here’s why.

Here’s how it came out: Amid the frenzy of stories about the breakup, PEOPLE magazine got the statement from the legal eagles behind team Holmes:

“The case has been settled and the agreement has been signed. We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.

Then, chimed in Cruise’s attorney Dennis Wasser, separately: “All the lawyers and the parties are happy that it’s done, the deal was closed and we wish everyone well.” 

Then came separate, unified statements from Holmes and Cruise: “We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri’s best interests. We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other’s commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as parents,” says the statement from Holmes and Cruise’s reps, Nanci Ryder and Amanda Lundberg respectively.

So what are the reasons behind the lightning fast settlement? Here are a few theories:

1) For Katie, It Wasn’t About Money

This isn’t Tom Cruise’s first time to divorce court, and so speculation that he and Katie had a clear cut pre-nup seem likely. And while it’s rumored that the payout for Holmes was minimal, it’s been reported that this decision was never about a financial windfall for Holmes. By not challenging the agreement, things moved quickly. But even if they hadn’t moved so briskly, it was Holmes that stood to gain the  most from a long drawn out media event, and Cruise who would need to move it along.

2) Tom can’t win.

Ask around: In the courtroom that is public opnion… Do you hear anyone cheering on ‘Team Tom’? The harsh reality, perhaps one that Cruise himself needed to hear from his advisors, was this: Cruise’s public image can’t handle much more damage. In a relationship that was as publicly questioned and scrutinzed as this one, Tom could only mangle his reputation further by fighting to separate a mother from her daughter. The world, even the media, whether they would admit it or not, was clearly on Team Katie, a young woman trying to save her daughter from a mysterious world with secrets so closely guarded that we’ve barely scracthed the surface.

3) Cruise’s Special Brand Of Crazy.

The longer this story draws out (without much in the way of publicly released facts) the more entertainment shows are left to speculate about the reasons for the split, which can only draw more focus on Cruise’s odd behavior back when this relationship began. That means more flashbacks to his bizarre appearance on Oprah, (see below) and his compelling, but creepy Scientology video where he claims that only people from his religion can truly help people who have been in a car accident, and other bizarre claims. (Also below). Those two videos alone will haunt Cruise whenever he’s making  big news in his personal life. They’re a PR nightmare every time they run. The sooner this story dies, the less those embarassing, bizarre moments will get played out on national television.

4) The Wild Wild Web

Things have changed since Tom’s divorce from Nicole Kidman, the details of which largely managed to stay under wraps. Now, the public’s insatiable desire for celebrity updates is rivaled only by sources and destinations to find it. It seems likely that more and more secret details chronicling the backstory of this marriage breakdown, and the facts behind terms of the split, would surface… from the stories of Scientology to the personal details of their broken marriage. And even if they didn’t, that same insatiable lust for gossip would also result in a groundswell of completely fabricated, speculative gossip that stood to hurt Cruise even more than the truth.

5) This Is Bigger Than Cruise

The people behind the Church of Scientology can’t be thrilled to be in the headlines yet again. As people are just starting to calm down about the scandal behind member John Travolta, Holmes surprise divorce filing had to be the last thing they needed. Cruise, whose close relationship with the Church’s highest leaders is well documented, was in all liklihood advised in great detail about the best approach to the split, developing solutions that would not only benefit Cruise, but keep the best interests of Scientology at heart as well.

Now, with the settlement reached, with an irod clad confidentiality clause obviously included, the period of speculation will subside. But the cameras will still be waiting and watching to see what happens next.

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Nick Lachey Rewrites Hit 98 Degrees Song Amid Coronavirus Quarantine



This video will remind you of two things: Nick Lachey is actually a gifted singer. And at age 46 he is still quaran-FINE!

Picture it. The year is 1998 and the boy band craze is at its peak. You turn on the radio. Your ears perk up as you hear the four beautiful men of 98 Degrees sing about the torture of having to let down their side pieces so they can try to be true to the girlfriends that love them. The word “coronavirus” has never even been uttered. It was a simpler time.

Fast forward to 2020 when it seems like you can’t turn on the tv without some sort of news break interrupting your scheduled programming to warn you about the latest dangers of the viral pandemic. With the spread of the virus ever growing, celebrities have been taking to social media to urge fans to isolate themselves so we can all stay safe and healthy. Nick Lachey, 98 Degrees heartthrob and host of the new dating show Love Is Blind, is the latest Hollywood star to jump on this bandwagon.

Lachey took to Instagram to debut his updated rendition of “The Hardest Thing,” the boy band’s certified gold single. “Yeah, it’s the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do. To stay stuck in our house, just watching all this bad news. It’s the hardest thing we’ve ever had to try. To stay six feet apart when we go outside,” the blue eyed beaut sings. “Nothing to do, no sports on TV. Washed my hands so much that they started to bleed. Damn this quarantine. It’s the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do. But in the end it’s worth it. Together we will get through” he continues. The video ends with Lachey reminding fans to stay safe before being jumped on by his enthusiastically adorable son.

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When the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do…. is stay home.

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Danny DeVito Passionately Urges New Yorkers To Stay Home…And Twitter Agrees!



For the love of Danny DeVito, stay home!

The world is in a dark place right now and I am not sure how much more bad news we can handle. That’s why when I saw Danny DeVito’s name trending on Twitter I froze. Our great nation could very well crumble if anything bad was to happen to such an icon right now. With extreme trepidation I clicked on the social media link and was relieved to see that good ol’ Danny boy is just strumming up hype because he is passionately urging New Yorkers to stay home.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been driving New Yorkers to stay home and has taken every precaution short of shutting the state down completely to help prevent the virus from spreading. Because New Yorkers can be hard headed, it doesn’t hurt to have some famous friends reiterate your message. Big names like Lala Anthony, Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller have all made appearances on Cuomo’s social media pleading with New Yorker’s to heed the governors warning. Only one celebrity was able to make it to Twitter’s trending page however and that was none other than Danny DeVito. DeVito’s message is simple…stay home! In the two minute video, DeVito reminds fans that it’s not just up to the elderly to isolate themselves. “Young people can get it and they can transmit it to old people and the next thing you know – I’m out of there” says the actor. We must save him!

Twitter went into a frenzy with many users agreeing that we need to stay home for Danny. One user wrote “When Danny speaks, I listen.” Another passionately wrote “If you idiots kill Danny DeVito I SWEAR TO GOD.” One promoted DeVito from the icon status I previously awarded him and said “WE GOTTA PROTECT WORLD TREASURE DANNY DeVITO.” 

Take a look at the video below and for the love of the newly minted national treasure, stay home!


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Amy Adams Has Finally Joined Instagram And She Is Melting Our Hearts!



The world has endured raging brushfires, rising floodwaters and a viral pandemic…and that’s just in these three short months of 2020. From every devastation, however, a hero emerges…and today that hero is Amy Adams.

Amy Adams has finally joined Instagram and not just to post selfies or pictures of her dog…although a cute dog pic can definitely brighten anyone’s day! Instead, Amy has joined Instagram to partner with her friend, Jennifer Garner, on Save With Stories, a place to watch celebrities read children’s stories. The goal from these posts is to attract donations to raise funds for Save The Children and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry. Amy outlines how the donations will  “make sure that families know how to find meals when schools are closed, support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs, provide educational toys, books and worksheets, and support out-of-school-time programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom.” These efforts are especially needed right now as school closures can affect nearly thirty-million children.

In the nearly 8-minute video, Amy reads The Dinosaur Princess, a story written by her daughter Aviana Olea Le Gallo. Amy also flashes pages from the story which are artfully illustrated by her husband, David Le Gallo. I hope melting of the heart is not a symptom of the coronavirus because mine is officially a puddle!

I am all for being social media positive while being socially distant! Check out Amy’s first Instagram post below!



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I’ve decided to finally join to shine a spotlight on kids across the country who need our help and support during this difficult time. My friend @jennifer.garner and I are launching @SAVEWITHSTORIES – a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books. We are galvanizing as a community to support a new fund for a combined effort between SAVE THE CHILDREN and Share Our Strength’s NO KID HUNGRY (and a big thank you to our founding publisher, Scholastic♥️). ⁣ ⁣ THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN in the United States rely on school for food. School closures will hit vulnerable communities hard and @savethechildren and @nokidhungry are on the ground and ready to serve. They just need our help! ⁣ ⁣ These funds will help us make sure that families know how to find meals when schools are closed, support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs, provide educational toys, books and worksheets, and support out-of-school-time programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom. ⁣ ⁣ If you can manage a one time gift of $10, please text SAVE to 20222. If another amount would work better for you, please visit our website—link in bio. There is no maximum and there is no minimum—together we will rise and together we can help. #SAVEWITHSTORIES

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