The National Enquirer has a story this week titled “Tom & Katie’s Ugly Public Showdown.” It’s based on two photos of the pair in Berlin after the premiere of Valkyrie on January 20. Tom looks like he’s yelling and pointing at Katie while she looks down at the ground and seems to be cowering. I found other photos in that series, below, and it’s more like Tom is mad about something else and Katie is just trying to stay out of it. She’s seen smiling and touching him on the back around that same time, so while they’re definitely looking strained it’s not necessarily due to each other and most couples have tense moments like that.
The Enquirer’s piece may be jumping to conclusions based on photos and Katie’s gaunt and tired appearance, but there are some facts in the article that suggest that Katie is continuing to distance herself from her husband for the sake of her career. She will return to New York in February to start filming a comedy and she’s also auditioning for the lead in a musical. At least she’s getting work.
Katie is considering buying a larger permanent home in New York, sources say.
She’ll be back in the Big Apple in February to film “The Extra Man,” a comedy with Kevin Kline and John C. Reilly, and she’s also auditioning for a lead part in the musical version of “Finding Neverland.” But a lengthy New York stay isn’t a lock, said the source.
“Katie still has to persuade Tom to agree to let her go again for an extended period. He hates them being apart, so it won’t be easy,” said the insider.
“And while Katie loves Tom, she’s given up a lot for him – her independence, all her old friends. Despite all that, she’s happy with Tom for the most part. I think she simply yearns for more freedom.”
[From The National Enquirer, print edition, February 9, 2009]
Katie sang during her guest role on TV’s “Eli Stone,” but whether she has the chops to carry a live musical remains to be seen. It seems like she’s definitely trying to assert her independence if she’s continuing to stay in New York after her stint on Broadway, but maybe she just made contacts in NY and that’s where the opportunities are for her now. These two probably aren’t breaking up anytime soon, but Katie may be seeing that life with her teen idol Tom Cruise is much different from the fairytale she dreamed of as a girl. All that designer clothing and jet setting can’t buy personal fulfillment, happiness, or an Oscar worthy role. If she wants to further her career she’s going to have to do it on her own and on the other coast.
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