Did Katie Holmes Hint at Divorce in a Pre-Split Interview?

In a Q&A with Elle conducted six weeks before her split from Tom Cruise, Holmes said she was entering a "new phase" in her life

Katie Holmes plotted her divorce from Tom Cruise in extreme secrecy -- yet she may have hinted in an interview that the breakup was coming. Holmes, 33, appears on the cover of the July issue of Elle magazine, accompanied by an interview that she gave about six weeks before filing for divorce. When the magazine asked a question about her future with Tom, Katie gave a revealing answer.

"He has been Tom Cruise for 30 years," said the actress. I know who I am and where I am and where I want to go, so I want to focus on that."

The mother of Tom's daughter Suri, 6, also denied that being married to Cruise had boosted her career, saying, "Things are not handed to anyone. If anything, you work a little bit harder when you're in such visible circumstances." And when asked about being in her 30s, she described entering a "new phase" of her life.

"I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin. I feel sexier," she explained. "I think in my 20s -- it's like you're trying too hard to figure everything out... I'm starting to come into my own. It's like a new phase."

Indeed! But first comes the legal battle, and both Katie and Tom have been lawyering up. Holmes, whose father is an attorney in Ohio, has secured three lawyers, one from New Jersey and two from New York. Her legal team includes Allan Mayefsky, who represented Peter Cook in his 2008 divorce from Christie Brinkley, and 36-year-old Jonathan Wolfe, who handled the divorces of football player Braylon Edwards and hockey player Martin Brodeur.

Cruise, who reportedly wants the divorce proceedings to occur in Los Angeles instead of New York (where Katie might have a better chance of obtaining sole custody), has enlisted two longtime Hollywood lawyers. One is Dennis Wasser, who not only represented Tom in his 2001 divorce from Nicole Kidman, but has been a divorce attorney for Steve Spielberg, Clint Eastwood and Jane Fonda. The other, Bert Fields, is a famous show biz attorney who has represented Madonna and The Beatles.

It's not surprising that Cruise (the bigger star) has higher-profile attorneys; however, Holmes has chosen some hard-hitters, and is clearly gearing up for a fight to win custody of Suri. For now, Cruise is reportedly seeking a court order to grant him temporary visitation rights. He is expected to file for divorce in California this week, in hopes of relocating the divorce proceedings to his home turf.

As for Katie, she's still keeping busy with her daughter and moving ahead with her newly Tom-free career. On Thursday, Katie was photographed taking Suri on a visit to the Children's Museum of the Arts in New York. The same day, Women's Wear Daily confirmed that Holmes will show her designer fashion line, Holmes & Yang, for the first time this year at New York Fashion Week in September. Sounds like a great start to a new phase.

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