Katie’s Re­venge Ro­mance:

JAMIE WHO? KATIE HOLMES AND JUSTIN TH­ER­OUX RE­CENTLY MET UP FOR A RO­MAN­TIC EVENING AT A NEW YORK CITY RESTAU­RANT.

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Jamie who? Months af­ter her split from Jamie Foxx, Katie Holmes has a ro­man­tic evening with Jen­nifer Anis­ton’s ex.

IT was a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, so Katie Holmes wanted to look her very best. And she knew just who to turn to for guid­ance: her stylish 13-year-old daugh­ter, Suri Cruise. To­gether they picked out the per­fect out­fit for Katie — some­thing ca­sual, but with an edge. “Suri helped her mom de­cide what shoes to wear, which pair of ear­rings, even what per­fume to dab on,” says an in­sider. Af­ter some fin­ish­ing touches, the ac­tress was all dressed up and ready to go. But she wasn’t head­ing to a red car­pet event. She was on her way to a hot date — with hunky ac­tor Justin Th­er­oux! As Star can ex­clu­sively re­veal, 40-year-old Katie — who split from her on-again, off-again boyfriend of six years, Jamie Foxx, in Au­gust — and The Left­overs ac­tor, 48, had a top-se­cret meetup at a quiet, tucked-away restau­rant in New York City. And the date was quite a suc­cess. “It was very ro­man­tic,” the in­sider says of the in­ti­mate din­ner. “Justin and Katie hit it off im­me­di­ately. It was pretty much the ul­ti­mate first date.” All the bet­ter for Katie to stick it to her no­to­ri­ously un­faith­ful ex. Says a source, “Friends are call­ing it a re­venge ro­mance!” Justin had picked the place. Over can­dle­light, the duo spent four hours talk­ing and get­ting cozy. “They were laugh­ing a lot,” says the source. While both Katie and Justin had al­ready done some re­con on each other, “they

got to know each other re­ally well” dur­ing the re­laxed evening, says the in­sider. “They asked a lot of per­sonal ques­tions,” re­veals the source. “There were no lulls in the con­ver­sa­tion, no awk­ward mo­ments,” re­veals the source. (Reps for both Katie and Justin deny they went on a date.) “Nei­ther of them re­al­ized how much time went by.”

STICK­ING IT TO THEIR EXES

It’s a pair­ing few saw com­ing — es­pe­cially Justin’s ex. Justin and Jen­nifer Anis­ton have been on great terms since end­ing their nearly three-year mar­riage in 2018. In fact, Justin just re­cently an­nounced he was “proud” of 50-year-old Jen for fi­nally join­ing In­sta­gram, ad­ding, “The world’s about to learn what a hi­lar­i­ous woman she is.” (“I swear I didn’t mean to break it,” she posted about the in­ter­net af­ter she amassed a mil­lion fol­low­ers in a record-break­ing five hours,16 min­utes.) The friendly exes “are in a good place,” says the source. “They talk and truly want the best for each other.”

But Jen is less than thrilled with the lat­est de­vel­op­ment. “Jen and Katie have been friendly over the years,” notes a source. “They al­ways stop to say hello when they see each other,” the in­sider says, ad­ding that Jen has al­ways re­spected how Katie han­dled her 2012 di­vorce from Tom Cruise. “She ad­mired how Katie stayed out of the fray and just fo­cused on Suri.” Katie, mean­while, is a huge fan of Friends and Jen’s other work. “They’re not BFFs,” says the in­sider, “but they re­spect and just re­ally like each other.”

Jen’s good feel­ings don’t ex­tend to Katie dat­ing Justin, how­ever. “Jen isn’t happy about it,” re­veals the source. “She’s gone as far as call­ing Katie a has-been. It’s be­come very twisted.”

Friends, on the other hand, think Justin and Katie would make the per­fect match. “They’re both artsy and love in­die films,” says the source. (Katie’s won praise for such small films as Pieces of April and made her Broad­way de­but in All My Sons.) And they’re both tried-and-true New York­ers — which was a point of

“Katie couldn’t wait to tell her girl­friends and her sis­ters about the date. She bragged about it like a school­girl.” — a friend tells Star

con­tention for Jen and Justin when they were to­gether, with Justin want­ing to stay on the East Coast and Jen want­ing to live in L.A. It won’t be an is­sue for Justin and Katie. “They both love New York City,” says the in­sider. In­deed, Ohio na­tive Katie, a fa­mil­iar face at Whole Foods, SoulCyle and other city spots, has said, “I love the the­ater, the gal­leries in my neigh­bor­hood… I love the com­mu­nity in New York.” Mean­while, dive-bar-lov­ing Justin and some friends opened a lowkey wa­ter­ing hole called Ray’s on the city’s trendy Lower East Side in July.

PER­FECT TIM­ING

Katie and Justin’s re­cent ren­dezvous wasn’t their first meet­ing. They’d been in­tro­duced years ear­lier, when her ex­hus­band, Tom Cruise, was work­ing with Justin on Tropic Thun­der, which Justin cowrote. “She’s al­ways thought he was good-look­ing, edgy and in­ter­est­ing,” says the in­sider. How­ever, the tim­ing for po­ten­tial ro­mance was never right. Af­ter her di­vorce from Tom, Katie moved on with Jamie Foxx, and for a while, many thought she’d found Mr. Right. The two kept their re­la­tion­ship un­der wraps for ages be­fore fi­nally go­ing pub­lic in Septem­ber 2017. But their tu­mul­tuous love af­fair was plagued by ru­mors that Jamie had a wan­der­ing eye and was step­ping out on Katie. In Fe­bru­ary 2019, Jamie told fans he was sin­gle — and was spot­ted with a mys­tery brunette shortly af­ter. But by April, he and Katie had re­united, and were seen get­ting ice cream to­gether. They then hap­pily posed for pho­tos to­gether at the Met Gala in May, af­ter which Jamie’s daugh­ter Corinne told re­porters her dad and Katie “were re­ally happy.”

In Au­gust, the Os­car win­ner was linked to yet an­other woman, this time the record­ing artist Sela Vave. Later that month, reps for both stars con­firmed that Jamie and Katie had called it quits. In­sid­ers spec­u­lated that Katie had had enough of Jamie’s hard par­ty­ing. “For months he’s been promis­ing to calm his wild ways, but noth­ing’s changed,” said a source at the time. “Katie’s fi­nally come to the con­clu­sion that she wants to be with a guy who’s more ma­ture and ready to set­tle down.”

And Justin has a lot of qual­i­ties Katie’s look­ing for. “She needed to f ind a mid­dle ground — some­one be­tween Tom and

Jamie,” says the source. “Justin isn’t con­trol­ling like Tom and he’s not a player like Jamie. He fits the bill.” Since what he’s called his “heart­break­ing yet gen­tle” di­vorce from Jen, the ac­tor’s been linked to a slew of women, in­clud­ing Spi­der-Man beauty Laura Har­rier, Emma Stone, Olivia Munn and El­iz­a­beth Hur­ley, to name a few. None of those re­la­tion­ships stuck — but pals are hop­ing his bud­ding ro­mance with Katie will have more stay­ing power.

With Justin, Katie can check off a lot of boxes. “He’s sexy and smart,” says the in­sider. The nephew of famed writer Paul Th­er­oux, he’s a grad of artsy Ben­ning­ton Col­lege. (Book­ish Katie was ac­cepted to the Ivy League Columbia Univer­sity be­fore choos­ing to pur­sue act­ing in­stead.) But the tat­tooed, mo­tor­cyle-rid­ing Justin still had to be vet­ted by one very im­por­tant per­son: Katie’s daugh­ter, Suri! “When Katie told Suri who she was go­ing on a date with, Suri Googled Justin,” says the source. She liked what she saw, adds the in­sider, “and con­vinced her mom to go for it.”

HEAT­ING UP

Katie’s hop­ing she and Justin will link up again soon. “She couldn’t wait to tell her girl­friends and her sis­ters about their first date,” says the in­sider. “She bragged about it like a school­girl crush­ing on the most pop­u­lar boy in school. She’s so into it!”

Justin is smit­ten too. “He wants to see Katie again,” says the in­sider. He even texted the Ray Dono­van ac­tress the fol­low­ing day. “Katie and Justin are ac­tu­ally a very good match. She thinks he’s hot as hell, and he says he never re­ally knew how funny and sexy Katie is,” says the source. Their chem­istry is off the charts, and their friends are all for it. “Katie and Justin both de­serve hap­pi­ness,” says the in­sider. “Every­one is root­ing for them.”

Sexy Meetup Katie and Justin talked the night away at a low-key NYC spot. Jen’s Jeal­ous! Justin’s ex, Jen Anis­ton, isn’t thrilled with the new cou­ple.

Suri Ap­proves Katie’s daugh­ter has given her mom her bless­ing. “Justin’s great with kids,” says an in­sider.

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