Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx dating but not unitll 5 years after Tom Cruise divorce

Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx have finally gone public with something that’s been rumored for several years: they are a couple.

It’s believed that they’re finally able to come out about their relationship because five years have passed since Holmes’ sudden but tumultuous divorce from mega-star Tom Cruise.Holmes and Foxx were photographed together over the Labor Day weekend, very openly enjoying a day at the beach in Malibu.  A tabloid published photos and video of the two splashing in waves, holding hands and taking in the view from the balcony of a beachfront home.

Holmes may have had to keep her relationship with Foxx secret because her divorce settlement with Cruise included a clause banning her from publicly dating for five years.

For years, rumors of a romance have swirled around Holmes, 38, and Foxx, but Foxx, 49, dismissed them as “fake news” and Holmes insisted they were just friends.

The “Dawson’s Creek” star and the Academy Award-winning “Django Unchained” actor are believed to have been dating since August 2013, a little over a year after Holmes divorced Cruise.

Holmes and Cruise were married for six years and got engaged in 2005 after just seven weeks of dating. Cruise famously gushed about his love for Holmes by jumping on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show couch. They became parents to daughter Suri in 2006 and married in a lavish Church of Scientology wedding in an Italian castle.

Holmes initiated the divorce from Cruise because she reportedly became concerned about raising Suri as a Scientologist. Numerous high-profile investigations over the years have shown that the Church exercises an enormous amount of control over the lives of members, including over how parents raise their children.

Holmes and Foxx were first linked in August 2013, when they were photographed flirting and dancing together at a charity event in The Hamptons. Foxx has his own connections to Cruise; the two starred together in the 2004 thriller “Collateral.”

While the two kept denying a romance, speculation didn’t die down.

A source told Us Weekly that the couple had it “down to a science” in trying to keep paparazzi from snapping photographs of them together.

But in April, a fellow diner at a Manhattan restaurant got a photograph of the two enjoying what appeared to be a romantic dinner. That photo was shared on social media.

In May, Holmes and Foxx were photographed separately boarding the same private jet at Le Bourget Airport in Paris after vacationing together in the French capital where they were photographed leaving the Park Hyatt Vendome hotel — but again separately.

Holmes was reportedly getting tired of “playing the hiding game.”

But now they aren’t hiding anymore, with the Daily Mail suggesting that they knew they were being photographed on the beach — and that they didn’t care.

The reason they don’t care anymore could be to do with the date, the Daily Mail. Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise in June 2012. The divorce was quickly and quietly settled. So, Holmes has passed that reported five-year mark, and she can publicly date whoever she wants.