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In Touch Weekly and its sister magazine, Life & Style Weekly, are among the many outlets to focus on the Holmes-as-escapee angle. Their covers on the divorce read “The Fight for Suri” and “Katie Breaks Free,” respectively.
“We’re intrigued by who the real Katie is,” said Dan Wakeford, editor-in-chief of both magazines. “She’s been hidden for so long and dominated and controlled by Tom, so we really want to know what she’s like and how she’s going to change.”
In the week and a half since filing for divorce, Miss Holmes also captured the spotlight with a handful of public appearances. She stopped by to tape a guest-judge appearance on Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” was snapped taking Suri for ice cream, and was seen taking a trip to the Children’s Museum of the Arts.
The appearances have only fed the view that Miss Holmes is now living easier and freer — and conversely, that she is orchestrating a public relations campaign.
On the other hand, Miss Holmes simply may have been trying to regain a measure of privacy, said celebrity publicist Howard Bragman, vice chairman of reputation.com.
“I think she’s being smart. If you engage in a bunker mentality, you build up demand” for photographs, Mr. Bragman said. “My clients who are under siege by paparazzi, I say go on and live your life. It lets some of the air out of the balloon, if you will.”
Their divorce case lasted less than two weeks, but Mr. Mindel said that is not uncommon for high-profile breakups: “There’s too many incentives on both sides of the equation for settlement.”
When actress-singer LeAnn Rimes’ husband filed for divorce in December 2009, it took only a day before the couple filed a judgment. Actor-comedian Russell Brand’s divorce from singer Katy Perry took a little over a month to resolve, while director Cameron Crowe and singer-guitarist Nancy Wilson resolved their 2010 divorce in less than three months.
Mr. Cruise and Miss Holmes may have saved more than just their dignity by not fighting out their divorce in court. Mr. Mindel said a drawn-out custody battle likely would have cost more than $1 million in legal fees.
“The question’s going to be did they have enough time to flesh out how they’re going to resolve future disputes,” Mr. Mindel said.
• AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this article from Los Angeles.
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