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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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Laura Dern Honors Her Parents In Touching Academy Award Win Speech



Laura Dern, who has been slaying awards season this year for her role in “Marriage Story,” took home the ultimate prize – a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award – and thanked her actor parents in a touching acceptance speech.

Her parents, actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern brought her to the Oscars with them when she was just 7 years old.

“Some say never meet your heroes. I say if you’re really blessed, you get them as your parents. I share this with my acting hero my legends, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern. You got game. I love you.”

Dern’s mother has been nominated three times, her father twice, but neither have won. Her mother can be seen during the speech crying in the audience.

Congrats Laura!!!

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POP UPDATE: Justin Bieber, “Friends” For Life, And The Critics Choice Awards



We’re going to be doing some quick video updates whenever we can! Here’s the latest! Justin Bieber begging for streams, (while you can hear him chew – ew), the ladies of Friends reunited, and mother nature. Take a look!

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Courteney Cox’s Instagram Caption Is Every Parent With A Teenage Kid



Have you heard? It’s 2020 and we’re all supposed to music videos on TikTok. Courteney Cox is no exception. The TV star posted an instagram of her and her daughter Coco dancing it out, with the hilarious caption, “Wanna see your child lose their patience? Do a TikTok with them.”

Also, how long does it take to actually learn one of these routines? It seems very time consuming.

What I was really hoping for was video of her daughter losing her patience, but what we got was a pretty strong routine!


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Wanna see your child lose their patience? Do a TikTok with them. #familyaerobics

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