Katie Holmes Breaks Free of Tom Cruise: How She Did It

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Katie Holmes has taken charge of her life - and she won't let Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology do anything to break her. The actress, 33, filed for divorce from her husband of almost six years at the end of June, but it's apparent that she's been working on this for a while.

How do we know? Check out the clues Holmes has given over the past several months.

She Gave a Cryptic Interview

Celebrities often give interviews that talk about their latest projects, but the mid-May interview she gave to Elle talked about much more than that. It turns out she was giving us clues about her future -- we just didn't know it.

"I know who I am and where I am and where I want to go, so I want to focus on that," she told the magazine for the August issue.

"I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin," she added. "…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."

A new phase indeed - we welcome the new, confident Holmes.

She Fired Everyone

Holmes' lawyer dad was instrumental in getting his daughter away from Cruise. The elder Holmes reportedly came in earlier this month and fired her entire staff - publicists, assistants, everything. The actress and mom of Suri even fired her stepdaughter - Cruise's adopted daughter Bella Cruise - from her clothing line, Holmes and Yang.

"Bella called Katie 'Mom,'" a source told The Hollywood Reporter. "She was fired out of the blue, and once Katie filed for divorce, it all made sense. This was a carefully planned ambush. Katie didn't want Bella working for her anymore because she was Tom's kid."

She Blindsided Tom With Divorce Papers

Cruise obviously had no idea what was going on before Holmes served him with divorce papers. Photographers caught her holding hands and smiling with Cruise in Iceland just a couple of weeks before she filed - and some sources say she was even using "I love you's" up until the split.

The reason? Scientology insiders told THR that she did it to outwit the Church of Scientology. Suri is getting to the age when the church starts indoctrinating kids into the lifestyle - it becomes less about the family and more about the church. Holmes obviously doesn't want to lose her daughter, so a well-planned offensive was the only way to do it.

And if Cruise does fight her for full custody of Suri? Well, it won't be too good for Scientology's future.

"She could press this sole-custody issue and litigate it, and that would be the biggest nightmare in the Church of Scientology's history," former high-ranking Scientology official Tony Rathbun told THR. "It would be a circus they couldn't survive."

Basically, this is going to get really ugly.

Which side are you on: Katie Holmes' or Tom Cruise's?

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