Spotted strolling hand-in-hand along the shores of Malibu, what appears to be a carefree public display of affection is actually a very powerful statement – Katie is finally free from her ex, Tom Cruise.
With the actress reportedly bound by a clause in her 2012 divorce contract with Tom, 55, that prohibited her from dating publicly for five years, this moment has been a long time coming for Katie, 38, and Jamie, 49, who were first linked when spotted dancing together at a charity event in 2013.
‘Katie signed a clause in her quickie divorce settlement that prevents her from embarrassing Tom in various ways, like talking about him or Scientology, or publicly dating another man for five years after the divorce,’ a source told RadarOnline.
‘She’s allowed to date, but she cannot do so in a public fashion... Katie wanted out of the marriage so badly, she agreed to the terms.’
Now, with August 20 marking five years from her divorce with Tom and the end of her contract, we can expect to see a lot more of these two lovebirds.
‘Tom doesn’t have a hold on Katie anymore. Their five-year contract is now null and void, and those legal ties are broken. She’s so happy to be able to live her life out in the open,’ a source tells New Idea.
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